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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: The saddest form of a United States of America Is already in the making it involves the willful act of voting away the rights of the American people by the american people themselves out of fear and ignorance. The Police already have too much power and authority. When I was a child we use to see the films of Nazi's using dogs on the Jews to represent the viciousness of the Nazi's.
    Now the American Police regularly do this. they shoot rubber bullets at peaceful demonstrators and create so called "free speech zones" which is a contradiction of the term and the constitution.
    Did you know that a Police dog is a higher citizen than you or I. If you kill a policemen it's a capital crime if you kill another citizen it's murder. If you kill a police dog defending yourself it's a capital crime. I guess that means that our government values the life of a dog that is used to attack it's own people more than it values a common citizens life.
    If you don't fear tyranny you're not realistic and you keep going down the same road that the other victims of tyranny went down.. Only this time you are trying to disarm yourself. I'm not political I'm not an activist but I am a realist. Believing it can't or won't happen again or here is delusional. Take responsibility for yourself and what freedom you have left. because that's the only course to retain it.
    • Feb 10 2013: You try to excuse your beliefs by pointing your fingers at others. When police officers kill 8800 people per year with guns then you have an argument.
      I do not fear tyranny and that makes me far more realistic than yourself as tyranny can be described in many different ways.
      You have an unrealistic fear of your government yet, you are the ones that vote them in to guide you, to represent you.
      And if you were the realist that you claim you are, you would be living in a cave somewhere cowering in the fear of your government, fear of being struck by lightning, fear of being stung by a bee, fear of being murdered by your own citizenry. The last having a greater chance of happening than facing the unimagined tyranny that you live in fear for every day.
      I would suggest that you refrain from singing the last line of your national anthem. Land of the Free? Home of the Brave?? I think not
      • Feb 11 2013: Wow very emotional. I figured I'd get a rise out of someone and lucky you. You're it! I'd really like to read from your post at least one issue mentioned in mine. Then we might have something to discuss. You know like a conversation where ideas are exchanged and debated. So, I'm gonna try for you.
        There are no excuses only reasons, at least that's my view
        I don't know how many people Police kill each year. Do you? Not nearly the whole issue.
        Tyranny? Loss of due process. Free speech zone. Are those unrealistic? Look it up! It's a slippery slope.
        Voting?You have no idea whether I vote or not.
        Fear? That's a big one I'm just gonna say; The White house memo that just came out saying the President has the right to send an armed drone to kill anyone anywhere including you. And, just so you know it's not really a fear on my part that I keep a healthy observation of those who claim to up hold the constitution.
        I'm going out on limb here and being a bit like your statements when I say this but.
        You watch a lot of Fox news don't you?
        Your statements are very reactionary and accusatory in their nature without discussing or stating any facts whatsoever.
        Free? Free speech zones during the bush administration. as well as the loss of due process.
        Brave? Means standing up for your country when needed and against it when it violates the Law, you know the Constitution.
        (I did write that to get a strong reaction.)
        And..... finally.
        It's like when you fall. It's usually the little things that cause your feet to slip from under you but you hit the big things on the way down.
        Good luck my friend.
    • Feb 11 2013: Pat,

      Please. you do not need to vote them away. they are a fantasy in the first place. you are required to have car insurance. try buying anything more than 1K without already having a credit card and a good history of paying it off. go to an emergency room during soft hours and see how long they let you sit there so they can charge you a "facility" fee to amortize their capital equipment. try resolving a categorically impossible bill with ConEd and watch the "arbitration" committee tell you that despite there being no way the bill could be accurate you have to pay it anyway.

      your rights in the modern day US boil down to this. you have the right to consume yourself to death and the market has the right to ream you at any moment.

      if you think you have actual rights at this stage vs the fantasy of rights you lack common sense and must have been living under a rock for the last 40 years.

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