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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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  • Feb 10 2013: I shall attempt to give my few cents of thought about your post. I wholeheartedly agree with you on the ideas of more responsibility of gun owners in terms of keeping up with the interactions of their gun and I also agree with your idea of locks on the guns themselves. The only fault I see in your logic is the kill switches. Who is deemed powerful enough to control these kill switches? The owner themselves or an anonymous government agency that allows people to sit in swivel chairs to have access to the guns of all registered fire arms owners. I think it would be a great idea to allow owners to be responsible for the kill switch of their gun. This allow greater ownership and as Uncle Ben said, "With great power comes great responsibility."
    • Feb 10 2013: Exactly, if your not responsible enough for your own gun, why do you think a government agency would be.

      But unfortunately people seemingly don't want responsibility nowadays, they want others to be accountable for them, rather like parents who decry society, while pushing little 7 year old johnny in front of the internet, and then blame it and us, for his deviant behavior. Then demand we change our ways.

      So I don't see the concept of personal responsibility selling well.

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