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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 15 2013: This is for Mike Colera.
    Fair enough. We can see a glass as half empty or half full : that's our choice. But this is a debate and an open house where people from different culture and back grounds share with a hope to learn. Like Martin Luthar King wanted to learn non-violence from Gandhi.
    The deficit that India has in democracy in terms of years is more than compensated in terms of number of people who exercised it.
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      Feb 15 2013: Pabitra,
      Absolutely, I believe that India has maybe three times more people exercising democracy then we have in the USA. I was merely pointing out that India came to a democratic status a very short time ago and in a very different manner then the USA.
      I may also say, that democracy (that's a small "d" ) is full of turmoil and may not be pretty. We have had about two hundred years experience. And it hasn't been always easy, including a civil war. Maybe it's a cultural difference. Hopefully, your country will not have to experience some of the dark sides of a democracy. I would just suggest that you be aware of elected politicians who tell your citizens that he knows what is best for the people and India. Vote him out before you have to shoot him out.
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        Feb 15 2013: Thanks Mike. No disagreement there. Ultimately, it pains to watch a mother crying over a dead kid in a gun violence or a bus rape but elected politicians react to those in very different ways in different countries. Cheers.
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          Feb 15 2013: That pain is the same all over the world.

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