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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: You know
    a) We've talked about the abysmal education policies, and how they are not being addressed.
    b) We've talked about the wholesale dumping of mentally ill from hospitals onto the streets.
    c) We've talked about using gun technology as a solution.
    d) We've talked about how just putting metal detectors or gun free zones, does not work.

    What we haven't mentioned is crime itself, how in a world today that, no longer says, you do the time, then your a free man. Because we all know that now employers check and ask if you have a criminal record. And you ain't getting a job if you do.

    Put yourself in that persons position, you have a criminal record, but you want to change, you want to become a useful member of society, but at every turn, you're told no, one upon a time you committed a crime.

    Do you think that would cause anger? Frustration? Resentment?

    Be really honest, if that was you, that was your position, and you gotta eat, what other choices do you have. Given that, wouldn't you rather have a gun. Given that, wouldn't you rather have the populous disarmed?
    • Feb 13 2013: Tify get a grip go to a pre release center and see for yourself that in fact criminals get jobs............ Some of them get better paying jobs then I have !
      They are given access to 8hr a day 7 days a week addiction counseling, and mental health counseling.
      They have access to free schooling, I Have seen them get Master's Degrees courtesy of the taxpayers.
      When they are in pre release everyone of them has a job.
      The problem is , it is all a voluntary thing ! we can't force them to take advantage of the opportunities like pre release or free education . The ones that do the work make it.
      The ones who choose to sit in their cells until the end of their sentence , get out and whine because they now have to do for themselves.
      NO pity here for them , they make the choice to get the opportunity to advance themselves or stay in the same old same old.
      Work in a pre release or prison before you whine about what you haven't a clue about .
      • Feb 15 2013: "Some of them get better paying jobs then I have ! ".......... then you know what to do, dont you.

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