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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.

Thoughts?

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  • Feb 7 2013: I haven't read the comments, but I can imagine their content having followed this issue from all political sides of the fence. When I was young I owned guns including legal hand guns in Canada. Now I have no use for them as I don't hunt or target shoot anymore. I have no fear of others so I never thought that I might need them for protection. I can talk my way out of anything and usually know when to keep my mouth shut.

    I am fearful of the random gang violence and shootings surrounding the drug market which I believe is also a non viable political solution causing a deadly larger problem, rather than solving a small personal one of addiction. To this end I have tried to change the dug laws through unique methods of activism and challenging the courts.

    I am strongly against violence no matter who is perpetrating it: gangs, Individuals, police, governments. This problem of gun violence by individuals, I am sad to say, is not something that can be solved by policies generated via politics, imo.

    Get a grip. There is no linear quick fix to this multifaceted challenge. The problem is culturally entrenched for many generations. The NRA came close to pinning the tail on the donkey when they say it is largely due to media influence.

    It is a cultural devotion to vengeance, although the Bible says "Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord." From victims who want maximum sentences, to every violent movie which shows that when you want to get even, firepower is the answer your art presents. It is the way your government is seen to meet out armed revenge with eager retribution by psyched techno nerds almost like video game players as can be seen on wikileaks. This is the model seen by all Amerikans countless times before the are old enough to own a gun. Does no one believe that there are no side effects that might make borderline mental malcontents try to re-enact some of those situations they have been imprinted with since birth? No one wants to look in the mirror as usual.

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