Technology Enters the Gun Debate

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Barbara Jorgensen
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Barbara Jorgensen   1/14/2013 11:01:21 AM
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@kevin: I see your point. The US does send the message that our most precious things are protected by firepower. But perhaps technology can reverse that trend, by being pro-active (better security at the front door of the school, White House, bank and airport) rather than re-active (you have a gun so I'll get a bigger one.)

 

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_hm   1/13/2013 8:29:35 PM
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This is a very good point to start debate for gun control. Yes, technology can help give innovative solution to avoid innocent killing.

 

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Kevin   1/11/2013 3:38:30 PM
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We care about our President, he has men with guns protecting him.

We care about our Airplanes, they have men with guns protecting them.

We care about our Money, banks have men with guns protecting them.

We care about our Lawyers, courts have men with guns protecting them.

But what about our children, our nation's future, mankind's future, indeed all that will be left of most of us when we are gone, what about them?

Not only do we not have men with guns protecting them, we have signs alerting criminals and the insane that our precious children are available to them in a "Gun Free Zone" where their actions will not be challenged in any meaningful way as long as they are armed.

Is that plan really the best we could come-up with?

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Barbara Jorgensen   1/11/2013 3:19:35 PM
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I agree with readers that any measure the US tries to take will have little impact at first. The "installed base" (in techspeak) of guns in the US stretches beyond most estimates. Ariella noted there was another school shooting yesterday. Maybe instead of preventative measures, technology can continue to help us be more safe (like metal detectors do now.) I'm going to chew on that idea some more...

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anandvy   1/11/2013 1:17:21 PM
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Such institutes need to employ similar security measures at their entry gates as is done at airports .

@prabhakar, that is a very good suggestion. I think schools and colleges should also start educating the youth about the dangers of using such weapons so that students dont carry weapons along with them.

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prabhakar_deosthali   1/11/2013 1:21:58 AM
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When spurious electronic components can enter into the sensitive electronic modules of defense equipment under the eye of the strictest inspection and quality procedure, how can one prevent the spread od spurious weapons which flout all those hi-tech safety features?

I think rather than making the guns high tech, we need better security measures at schools or such vulnerable places . Such institutes need to employ similar security measures at their entry gates as is done at airports .

 

Detection of the presence of a weapon before it is fired  and seizure of the same is the only solution , in my opinion.

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Cryptoman   1/10/2013 9:55:11 PM
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No matter how secure the weapons become with clever use of high tech, there will always be an alternative supply chain for unsecure variants of such weapons. Prohibitions and restrictions only make the underground suppliers and manufacturers happy as they mean new business at the end of the day. İn addition, there is already a huge stock of traditional weapons and ammunition out there that can easily and uncontrollably change hands. Therefore, people can easily get hold of weapons if they wish to do so.

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Ariella   1/10/2013 2:57:47 PM
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I see that there was another school shooting this morning in California. Fortunately, there were no fatalities, though.  You can see from the comments that in every single instance like this the people who beieve in more gun control will point to it as proof while the peopel who believe that guns in the hands of individuals are the only counterpoint to such violence will use the exact same incident to argue the opposite. http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/report-at-least-one-person-shot-at-taft-high-school

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Ariella   1/10/2013 2:33:23 PM
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@Barbara but it is an imperfect solution. If the technology relies on a ring, then a killer can get the ring and the gun, fire it, and incriminate the legal owner of the gun more effectively than he could without that feature. I could see that working in a mystery plot.

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Barbara Jorgensen   1/10/2013 2:22:36 PM
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I think any legitimate owner of a gun would welcome such technology or any means to protect their ownership and the provenenace of a weapon. We all try to protect the things we value with locks, ID, banks, etc., and gun owners are very passionate about their rights. It seems safety and security would be paramount.

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