Guns for Everybody!
I don't want to get into a long dissertation about whether guns should be legal or not. I am not on anyone's side in this argument. Instead I believe I have a solution to the argument that would please everyone.
Sadly, it is true that a large number of child deaths are caused by unattended or poorly hidden guns. It is in a kid's nature to look for that gun. Why? Because TV tells them that guns are cool. Perhaps dad having a gun tells them its cool as well. Either way guns are a part of life. Before there were guns there were other weapons that served the same role. Humankind has had to defend themselves from other human beings and wild animals since they first started to climb down from their trees.
So, in understanding the necessity of weapons in our society for hunting, (I have too many grocery stores and not enough wild animals where I live for that) and self defense. In this day and age where desperate men are being forced into desperate situations we need to look out for our kin and kind more than ever.
I believe that if a criminal knew for a fact that a homeowner possessed a firearm they would be a lot less likely to attempt a crime against them. So, what if every home owner had a hand gun? Today we have the sort of technology that could make it safe. How?
Fingerprinting is the answer. Make a gun operable only by the person who downloaded their fingerprints to the weapon. In addition make it a standard that each and every home have a gun. Each and every home, not just homeowners. Renters could simply download their prints.
The greatest benefit to this is the fact that your no good kid can find the gun. He can play with the gun, but he can never shoot the gun. His prints will not activate the gun.
This may be costly and would require a lot of cooperation from gun owners. Stubborn folks that they are it may be difficult to convince them to add some tech to their weapons. I understand as a collector of certain fun things how it would ruin a gun's worth if it were augmented in such a manner.
So then maybe there is this compromise. What if each handgun that was tied to each house only operated within the house? Using a small sensor on the gun and sensors in every door and window of the home the weapon would sense when it has left the building and instantly become inoperable. Thieves could steal a gun but they could not operate it. By placing the sensor in a sensitive area on the gun and causing the gun to become inoperable when that sensor is tampered with guns in the hands of criminals would become a thing of the past.
I know I may be speaking from the seat of my pants but if we as a nation really care about all of the criminal activities carried out by guns stolen from legal gun owners then something like this must be done. If nothing is done then nothing will change, as I have said before, revolution has proven that only through action, not words, can there be worthwhile change.
UPDATE - 04/03/2012
In retrospect, considering all that the mighty Jack Burton commented below, I have to consider now what I did not want to. Perhaps it would be best to eliminate handguns entirely. Since any other method of proper control and safety are too cost heavy then the only option seems to be tighter gun laws. I hate this route. I hate laws in general. If people could be trusted to act civil we wouldn't need laws but it just so happens that this country is chock full of no good third worlders who do not have the first clue on how to act civil. Nor do they understand how good they have it here in America and thus do not appreciate where they live.
Who are the third worlders? You know, those who cling on to the idea that the grass is greener somewhere else but never even leave the town they live in. Those who come from other countries and steal jobs but send the bulk of their earnings back home, to some backwater shithole of a country. Those employers who hire these people should be shot for lack of patriotism. I don't think they should be shot with a handgun since it might take more than one bullet and thus become less cost effective, maybe a shotgun would do?
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