In a recent thread I've been posting on, the topic came up on the comparison of cars to guns in fatality statistics.
If you want to ban guns then I propose we ban automobiles
As a side comment, someone jokingly mentioned the car safety evolution due to past deaths (seat belts, air bags, crumple zones, etc...). As a
response, I posted some thoughts on the matter. I realized, this might be a good and acceptable compromise between the anti-gun and pro-gun advocates.
So, the automotive industry has been forced by TPTB to continually improve the safety of automobiles for decades.....at great cost to the
industry....but none-the-less or the betterment of safety of the occupant and others in an accident (which has been accepted as a risk that cannot be
lowered to zero). Instead of banning autos, they were made safer, incrementally over time. Perhaps we are at a similar crossroads for the gun
Possible discussion points:
- Guns could be made safer if they were "keyed" to function by the registered owner only. Transfer of ownership would require you also re-key the gun
to the new owner. Only one user per gun. Would that limit its use, yes. But then, so are seat belts IMO (I was OK with lap belts, but HATE shoulder
belts due to a choking phobia I have).
- Perhaps the "key" is a physical key that allows the gun to operate (like a car key) that controls the safety mechanism? You could keep the key with
you or lock it in a separate location when the gun s no in use. This way, if the gun is stolen, it is not as easy to use. Without breaking even more
laws or having the lock-picking skills to overcome the disarming mechanism, the gun would simply be a piece of metal/wood/plastic.
- Perhaps the loading mechanism could be keyed instead? In order to reload, you need a key to release the spent magazine?
Anyone else have any ideas? Lets brainstorm here and maybe someone somewhere will take it an run with the idea. instead of an outright ban, we can
force an evolution in gun design and ownership?
edit on 30-12-2012 by Krakatoa because: (no reason given)