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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 13 2013: Laws definately help in advancing our society as a whole. But lets look back at
    those particular laws that have been responsable for advanceing our societies the
    most and individual freedom is one of the ideas that I believe are the most important.
    While we may not like the dangers that these weapons pose when in the hands of those
    who would do those appalling things as in what we term as mass murder. Weapons have
    done as much good as evil.
    Weapons have brought the very freedoms we have at this moment and
    have killed many innocents as well.I don't think there is a viable argument
    against that statement.
    I am of the opinion that as long as others have weapons in this imperfect world
    be it government or idividual I want mine as well as said by others in varying forms
    in this discussion.
    As I have said in another post that I was educated about the use of weapons ie, guns
    at a young age and have been around or onwed them all of my life. I have never pulled
    my weapon on another human though some have been pulled on me without reason and without
    real intent to use them otherwise I may not be here today.
    When I have been violent in this life it has been in defense of myself or a loved one and
    I did not use a gun, not to say I wouldn't if I saw the need.
    Disagreement whether I was justified in my actions at that point would be the discussion.
    whether I used a gun,club,knife or my hands and feet.
    I don't mean to sound as if
    I'm bored with this discussion But in fact I am.

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