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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 11 2013: I like where you heads at on trying to reduce these shootings. I don't think gun locks will really help though. Plus how are you going to defend yourself from a home intruder when your fumbling to enter your gun lock code? I really don't think there's any public policies we can put into place that will significantly reduce these shootings. I thinks a more of just our society and how we work and think. Canada and other countries have guns but there just not used for mass shootings. If someone wants to commit a mass shooting, there going to do it. A gun lock or gun ban may slow them down but it won't stop them. The only truly way to stop these shootings is to address the issues of why are people getting pushed to this point to they snap? Are there warning signs we can see before people commit these crimes? How can we prevent these from a mental stand point. After all its not the gun who's actually killing anyone, it's who's pulling the trigger.
    • Feb 11 2013: biometric locks are automatic. gun locks would prevent kids randomly shooting other when playing with dad's gun. that happens quite a bit more than thing like Newtown.

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