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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: The percentage of people who die from mass shootings is way less than that who die from lightning.

    All of the mass shootings were associated with Psychiatric drugs

    The culture has adopted the meme that the solution is violence.

    The more gun control is implemented the more gun violence goes up, E. G. in Chicago or Washington DC
    • Feb 11 2013: Mass shootings account for less than 5% of all gun homicides in America. And although it is true that gun crime will spike after gun controls are implemented the overall homicide and gun homicide rates would eventually drop.
      The last couple of generations have grown up in a drive-thru fast food mentality where we expect results in 5 minutes or less. The gun issue would take years to resolve.
      And here is the problem. Handguns account for 98% of all gun homicides in America and gun crime in general. They are small, concealable and convenient to the criminal who wishes to use it. Because there are severe restrictions on law enforcement, it emboldens those criminals even more.
      Countries that have strict handgun laws also experience much lower gun and overall homicide rates.
      When Great Britain implemented the handgun ban gun crime spiked but after 2 years started to drop dramatically as the guns were picked off of the streets. In fact since that ban, the overall homicide rate in GB dropped 75% with guns accounting for only 8% of all homicides. In American, guns account for 68.3% of all homicides.
      Canada, whose society experiences a great influence of American culture has strict handgun possession laws. As such, guns account for only 28.3% of all homicides. In comparing gun homicides per capita, you have a 7x greater chance of dying from a gun homicide in the US than in Canada.
      Then we look at a nation like Switzerland who has mandatory gun possession laws. Their gun homicide rate is 11x that of Great Britain where 72% of all homicides in that nation come from an end of a bullet.
      Cleaning up the gun problem will be a long and arduous effort.
      For me I liken the gun problem like this.
      If you walk into a room and see glass smashed all over the floor.
      Do you sweep it up knowing that you might not get all the pieces but at least the floor is safer to cross??
      Or do you smash more onto the floor??
      • Feb 11 2013: Where are you getting any of this? I've heard quite the contrary to nearly everything you assert.
        • Feb 11 2013: I research sources from the CIA, FBI, CDC, OECD and various government healthcare sites that accumulate statistics on cause of death.
      • Feb 13 2013: Dwayne you are making up numbers. The firearm homicide rate in the United States is approximately three times that of Canada and the United states has slightly more than nine times the population. Canadian census report shows the population to be approximatelt 34 million while the United States has approximately 314 million. The state of California has more citizens than the enitre nation of Canada. Furthermore the number of people killed without the use of firearms is nearly equal 100,000 citizens. Please stop making up numbers to support you argument that we the citizens of America shouldn't be allowed to own firearms because you can't. Here are a few references. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/06000.htmlhttp://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/12-581-x/2012000/pop-eng.htm#t01http://politicalcalculations.blogspot.com/2011/03/us-vs-canada-homicide-modi-operandi.html Hello Peter, percentages are not per capita, "75% decline" is not per capita, " In American, X95account for 68.3% of all homicides." is not a per capita number, "28.3% of all homicides" is not a percapita number. These are percentages of something other than 100,000 people.
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      Feb 11 2013: Pat you watched a video on the meme of violence and came away enlightened,could you please restate the talk...I failed to watched it when it was offered.To keep my commenting relevant..Drones and ammendments have taken place,so if you have issue with your government attacking a country you will become arrested if you attempt to organize a group(with or without weapons) so your guns are now entirely for shooting eachother
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        Feb 11 2013: It is the idea that celebrities try to influence the dangers of guns yet make their living from violent entertainment. Which creates the meme that when you are in a tight spot the solution is always violence. This is the ultimate in hypocrisy.

        http://rubinoworld.com/2013/01/07/exposing-commie-celebrities-gun-control-hypocrisy-video/
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          Feb 11 2013: thanks for the link Pat...a definite hypocrasy event in the making,not sure about the commie label..the second label weakens the point for me....so why does the gun industry allow this mockery of violence to occur is beyond me. and obviously people who act for a living are also drawn to violence,whilst talking about preventing it.this deeply saddens me I really see massive confusion on this topic on all sides ,thankyou

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