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Solving gun violence in the US in today's insane political climate requires a solution that makes it painless for everyone.

First that this idea even needs to be broached in the first place is ridiculous especially given the lack of clarity in the second amendment (eg it does not specify types of arms so that should be handled by laws not as a "do what you will free for all").

That said it seems there are some major elements that would be necessary to reduce gun deaths in the US and there are some obfuscating interests embodied in the NRA that must be sidestepped or accommodated in the solution.

Four main areas of focus jump out to reduce gun deaths:

1) "mass killings" (included in this would be the 2 or 3 person shootings as well as as Newtown or Aurora types)
2) Accidental shootings
3) Non-owner shootings (eg the shooter is not the owner of the gun)
4) "black market" trading

Added to these I would say the parameter that makes gun control legislation difficult is gun manufacturer revenue stream protection using the second amendment as a shill.

So what are the necessary parameters to make something happen vs. the absurdity of what is going to happen over the next few months in Washington:

1) Figure out a way that shifting policy creates more revenue for gun manufacturers so they get the NRA on board
2) Make sure that guns cannot be used in public places or by someone other than their owner

The Idea - Mandatory gun locks and universal kill switches.

On locks, all responsible gun owners have gun safes. Why not move the lock to the gun's trigger mechanism either with a combination code or biometric locks. That would prevent unauthorized use of the gun by anyone but the owner.

On kill switches, in the same locking mechanism put a chip and actuator that freezes the locking mechanism mentioned above when it receives a certain modulated radio signal.

If mandatory then all existing guns will have to be refitted with the new bolt mechanism creating revenue streams for the gun manufacturers and on all new guns they can charge more creating more revenue.



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  • Dan F 50+

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    Feb 3 2013: I say go where the problem is to start to see if it is possible to turn the tide where this kind of violence is so prevalent.

    There is plenty of evidence including significant signs of actual, or potential personal violence in this country involving guns and other weapons to warrant a new approach to controlling the problem.

    I like the idea of making people accountable for their own actions. The best way to do this is through enhanced personal IDs' of selective individuals. Anyone convicted of a crime would enter the system. Anyone determined to be participating with a violent gang would automatically enter the system. Anyone repeatedly identified as the cause of domestic violence, or significant public disorderly conduct would enter the system, etc.

    Those individuals entering this enhanced surveillance system would be required to register all guns in their possession and disclose where they obtained these items. These weapons would be surrendered to authorities for permanent storage for a minimum of ten years.

    Any individual in this system would be subject to unannounced searches of their person and property for weapons including knives. Any violations would result in automatic jail time and assigned to professionally conducted meetings to help resolve a resorting to their "old ways."

    If we could curb this kind of on going weapon violence especially in the inner cities, then perhaps we could learn some important lessons about how to expand this enhanced ID system to deal with the more sensational, but less predictable aspect of gun violence, or any personal violence so painful because it appears so unexpected.

    I do support the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, but also believe an individuals rights can be revoked based upon that persons misdeeds through legal action.

    There is no painless way to effectively address this problem in my view.

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