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Rob Freda

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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 10 2013: All power, authority and technology can and will be abused. That is a fact of human history. If you want to argue this point PLEASE don't do it with me, do it with someone else that has lost the common sense you both were born with. Btw. common sense is in a desperately short supply of late.
    • Feb 11 2013: absolutely true. hence the reason almost everything in our world is regulated. having a gun at home is not going to stop you from being the victim of such abuse.

      how many families lost their jobs and homes in the past 4 years because we took the reins of the financial markets. Personally I would focus less on the idea of the government coming to my door and more on the fact 95+% of Americans are little better than cows hooked up to the milking machine as far as the investment banks are concerned. As long as they get theirs what happens outside does not matter. Short sighted and stupid? yes but as you pointed out painfully human.

      Somehow though very few people and definitely not your average gun owner thinks that is a problem, but they are all worried about some evil tyrannical government taking their rights. What rights? The right to get diabetes at 10 and run up your credit cards? Honestly if you step really far back the gun thing is a minor issue either way.

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