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The ed firearm is a paradigm shift in national gun safety. It completely defeats all the rhetoric of the NRA, the arguments over 2nd amendment rights, gun bans or armed guards in every school as the only path to a viable solution to school gun violence.

 is a GPS activated safety mechanism which, when installed or is part of the gun manufacturing process, disables firearms in locations such as schools, government buildings, banks, shopping malls or sports arenas–anywhere large crowds of people or children could be at risk. As well as schools and all public areas being ed by the ATF, any business may request a  signal perimeter not normally covered by the initial ATF  zones. This could be supermarkets, high profile restaurants, jewelry stores or any “high risk” establishments. ed “smart gun” is a system where we can finally put an end to the horrific tragedies as the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings.

MASS SHOOTING PROFILES

The statistics show that most mass shootings are NOT carried out by the “criminal element” but by “normal” citizens in crisis or troubled male individuals in the 20 to 25 age range. Most often than not, the weapons used have been obtained legally and borrowed or stolen from legal owners. 

If the individual does NOT already have a gun, the time between obtaining the weapon and using it is usually short–within months. Thus, it is rarely an underground illegal purchase, as these “criminal” connections need time to be established with these disturbed individuals.

The argument that criminals don’t obey gun laws is true but, a fallacious one. “Criminals” are NOT the perpetrators of these mass shootings. The statistics show that it is most always disgruntled workers, and mentally disturbed people (See statistics of mass shooting below).

IMPLEMENTATION OF SMART GUN TECHNOLOGIES

There are two other possible technologies. Biometrics User Recognition and TriggerSmart.

BIOMETRICS

This concept taken from a James Bond movie, Biometrics uses the unique fingerprints and hand signature of the owner in the handle of the gun before the gun will fire. It’s a costly system and the recognition activation time is deemed slow. Thirty seconds to a minute. It is also unreliable and expensive.

TRIGGERSMART

TriggerSmart is a useful “Proof of Concept”. It uses an RFID chip. When the radio signal from the chip is detected, the gun is disabled. A prototype of the gun can be seen here on YouTube.  However, it was initially designed for child safety concerns and the infrastructure for a nationwide application is not established as it is the GPSLock and GPS system.

Moreover, TriggerSmart needs an individual RFID network is each and every location where needed and it currently operates at very relatively short distances and is not a national or global coverage system as is .

  TECHNOLOGY

In contrast to Biometrics and TriggerSmart above, all the GPS infrastructure and available electronic components for a  are in place. The only development that remains is the creation of specific software that will assess your location coupled with the locking device that “looks” at the gun's GPS position, correlates that with the pre-determined programmed “safety locked zones”, and enables or disables the firearm according to one's location. As seen with TriggerSmart, the locking of the trigger appears trivial.

This  location system operates no differently than cell phones do now. A  enabled firearm uses a GPS system and “knows” where it is. The software then enables or disables the gun through a safety bolt that locks the trigger and blocks the firing mechanism. The weapon will not fire unless it is turned on. The weapon will not fire if it is in a ed signal zone. The weapon will not fire if there is no  signal detected.  And lastly, the weapon will not fire if the GPS signal is jammed3

The  receiver will be in the handle of the gun. When manufactured, the handle and locking mechanisms are completely sealed and would be difficult to be modified or disabled. Any tampering with the  system disables the firearm and the firing pin mechanism, as the  and firing mechanism are one solid unit. Anyone found tampering with a  would be tried as a felon with intent to inflict bodily harm or deadly force on innocent civilians.

The development of a  system will not stall our immediate regulations needed against assault rifles. As the technology is being prototyped, it will be slowly implemented into the law and the marketplace.

It’s anticipated that the total implementation time from design, prototype to full marketplace participation could be completed within 4 years.

 / THE POLITICS AND THE LAW

PROTECTING 2ND AMENDMENT RIGHTS

The NRA's objections to such a system would be that the Government could "turn off" their guns and 2nd Amendment rights in the process. One solution to defend the 2nd Amendment from a flip of a switch would be this:

A Democratically controlled GPSLock system. It could be "owned" and operated by elected citizens (with expertise and training of course). It could also be that the NRA and gun rights groups are a "private sector agency" and HAVE the "GPS controls" and NOT the Government. The "NRA's" would take the responsibility for the locked and unlocked zones and the "policing".

With this concept, whatever the type of firearm,  changes nothing in the law for law-abiding sensible gun owners with respect to the 2nd Amendment.  does not infringe on one's Second Amendment rights to “bear arms”, to protect themselves and their families in their own homes. It does not affect the rights of hunters or gun enthusiasts to purchase and shoot ANY type of firearms of their choice. Nor would it limit the number of rounds that can be automatically fired or the type of weapon. Rather,  only limits the LOCATIONS where these firearms may be discharged.

Any argument against the  system by the NRA, or gun enthusiasts and owners would be tantamount to condoning mass gun slaughters.  only defeats the firing of guns in certain “vulnerable” public areas.  One’s home and private property will remain ”unlocked” as well as all hunting areas and firing ranges. The government will not be taking away one’s firearms or gun ownership freedoms. It only restricts anyone from firing a weapon for the sole purpose of inflicting mass carnage in public places.

CREATING GUN-SAFE  ZONES

According to the www.GPS.gov, the accuracy of the location of GPS is 3 to 10 feet as of 2011. Thus, a clear set of reliable zones can be set up in all high risk and heavily populated or public areas. However individuals may also choose to have their property and firearm ed or unlocked. They may fire a weapon on their home premises to thwart or “neutralize” intruders and protect their families but no other  weapon will fire. The unlock zone is only for that homeowner’s address and digital code which recognizes the homeowner’s firearms. Again, another registered  owners gun will not fire, this of course allows the intruders weapons to fire that are not “ed” firearms. That choice to engage and intruder is one a citizen must choose, as cannot totally control the illegal purchase of unauthorized firearms. (See Black Market Weapons below)

 could also set up in perimeters where individuals can be no closer than specified distances. For example, a  signal could lock all firearms 200 yards or more from government buildings.

LAW ENFORCEMENT PERSONNEL

All law enforcement personnel firearms will remain  unlocked at all times. However, if any firearm is missing or stolen,  will locate it, and possibly the criminal who may have it, and disarm the weapon with a ed signal and render it unusable and harmless. Stolen weapons from individuals can have their weapons “locked” as soon as they report them missing. 

REGISTRATION AND THE LAW

All individuals must register, install  or purchase  enabled firearms. Any individual found with a firearm without a  device will be considered a felon and will be psychologically evaluated and may be imprisoned for no less than one year. Since any  firearm may be used in ones home for protection, used on firing ranges or for hunting, the only other purpose of a  free firearm is to inflict injury and death as we have seen in a theater in Aurora, Colorado, a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin and most recently, Sandy Hook Elementary School. (4see the list of the mass shootings since 1999 below)

Registered and enabled guns stolen from friends or relatives will not fire in  zones. Further, when the ATF is notified of a stolen or missing weapon, the weapon can be immediately signal disabled so the firearm will not fire anywhere on the planet using it’s unique registered computer code address.

Conversely, registered and authorized1 owners can have their  firearms unlocked for emergencies wherever they need to protect by force, if necessary, people or children in a locked zone. The firearm at this point will be GPS tracked by the ATF for its location to be sure the firearm is not moving into another unauthorized public zone.

COMMERCE

Sales of all firearms without a  device will be illegal and a felony under the law since the intended use of these  free firearms is itself illegal and a felony. Clearly the only need for a  free weapon is the type of slaughter and bloodshed we’ve seen over the past decades3.

All U.S. gun manufactures must immediately retool to the new technology. Any manufacturer distributing firearms without a  enabled device will be considered complicit in the possible murder of innocent civilians and be imprisoned for no less than one year as a felon and severely fined.

GPS location devices already exists for the elderly, for lost pets and lost kids and are already available at retail for around $50.00. Given that some firearms may range from $600 to $2000 dollars, a  enabled firearm will not be a very expensive addition.

As there are already gun buy back programs, government assistance or rebates will help smooth the conversion path no differently than solar energy or other environmental programs the government has set up.

According to ATF reports, in 2010 there were 5,459,240 new firearms manufactured in the United States, nearly all (95 percent) for the U.S. market.  For the gun industry, this is only good news, as sales will skyrocket as these conversions go to market. Thus, the GPSLock system will not hamper U.S. Gun manufactures.  Probably the reverse, as millions of gun enthusiast turn in their old firearms for the latest hi-tech  model. Manufactures would most likely see profits increase from conversions to  enable firearms.

CULPABILITY AND  GUN VIOLENCE

Under the current gun registration laws, the total responsibility for mayhem lies with the perpetrator of a gun crime and mass slaughter. Neither the NRA, gun manufactures, retailers and gun show sellers take complicit responsibility for gun violence.  With their support of  enabled firearms, the NRA and others can take a proactive stance to curb gun violence and take, for the first time, responsibility for a solution without blame.

As is now the case, many blame the NRA and gun owners for the spread of firearms and, to some degree, assign them the responsibility for society’s gun violence.  However, with GPSLock and a full compliance of the NRA and gun owners, when there IS the illegal use and sale of non- black market weapons, the NRA CANNOT be faulted for a firearm they DO NOT support. But, with their help of the NRA and gun owners, we can begin to remove these illegal killing machines from society while still owning GPSLock firearms to protect themselves.

BLACK MARKET WEAPONS

No matter what measures are implemented, the criminal element will remain to some degree. There will be weapons on the streets that will fire anywhere. For the most part, so will  firearms. But when a locked zone is under threat from a suspect with a black market weapon, an ATF 911 call can unlock pre-registered location firearms as well as summon the police, so citizens may take immediate action if necessary.  (see registration above)

Remember that 95% of all firearms are produce and distributed into the U.S. market. Through search and seizers of criminals and drug bust, it is anticipated that the flow of illegal weapons without  will slowly dry up. Prices will be prohibitive from foreign outlets as domestic supplies dwindle in the U.S. and monitored and restricted foreign imports remains.

Given the complexities of all the gun control issues,  appears to solve most of the difficult problems with the least political entanglements and with the largest possible public consensus.  Clearly, no system will ever be perfect, but listed below are the pros and cons.

PROS

 development will NOT interfere with immediate gun regulation efforts.

• GPS satellites are already in place for  signal tracking.

 tracks firearms and disables them in pre-determined high risk

   zones.

 does NOT affect 2nd Amendment Rights to bear arms of any kind.

 does NOT affect a citizen’s right or ability to protect his home with a

   firearm.

• The economics of the gun manufacturing industry will be incentivized rather then

   thwarted with the production of the new digitally smart firearms.

• Law enforcement firearms will fire anywhere.

• Lost or stolen firearms can be located by  and signal disabled.

Having any firearm WITHOUT a  is automatically a felony.

• The illegal weapons trade will be impacted by fewer and fewer unlocked firearms being

  made and distributed by U.S. manufacturers.

• Old guns may be traded in for  firearms in a “no questions asked” giveback

  program with possible Government assistance.

 

CONS

• Design and implementation may be a long process and is not an immediate solution.

• Curbing illegal weapons will be difficult but no more difficult than it already is.

• Gun rights groups may oppose this as a subversive 2nd Amendment Government ploy to

   “turn off” their guns.

• Since  is designed to protect crowded areas from mass carnage, inner city

  violence and random home shootings may be less affected by this program.

 

 

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1Authorized  owners have been tested for their knowledge and ability to safely discharge their firearms. They must also been psychologically evaluated. Only those who request unlock zones will be required to submit to these precautionary measures.

 

2It may be a 2 year period is equally feasible for implantation.

 

3 When a jamming device it turned on and there are then TWO signals detected by a GPSLock firearm in a LOCKED or UNLOCKED zone, the gun locks.

MASS KILLINGS SINCE 1999

 

4April 1999 - two teenage schoolboys shot and killed 12 schoolmates and a teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, before killing themselves.

 July 1999 - a stock exchange trader in Atlanta, Georgia, killed 12 people including his wife and two children before taking his own life.

September 1999 - a gunman opened fire at a prayer service in Fort Worth, Texas, killing six people before committing suicide.

October 2002 - a series of sniper-style shootings occurred in Washington DC, leaving 10 dead.

August 2003 - in Chicago, a laid-off worker shot and killed six of his former workmates.

November 2004 - in Birchwood, Wisconsin, a hunter killed six other hunters and wounded two others after an argument with them.

March 2005 - a man opened fire at a church service in Brookfield, Wisconsin, killing seven people.

October 2006 - a truck driver killed five schoolgirls and seriously wounded six others in a school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania before taking his own life.

April 2007 - student Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people and wounded 15 others at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, before shooting himself, making it the deadliest mass shooting in the United States after 2000.

August 2007 - Three Delaware State University students were shot and killed in “execution style” by a 28-year-old and two 15-year-old boys. A fourth student was shot and stabbed.

December 2007 - a 20-year-old man killed nine people and injured five others in a shopping center in Omaha, Nebraska.

December 2007 - a woman and her boyfriend shot dead six members of her family on Christmas Eve in Carnation, Washington.

February 2008 - a shooter who is still at large tied up and shot six women at a suburban clothing store in Chicago, leaving five of them dead and the remaining one injured.

February 2008 - a man opened fire in a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, killing five students and wounding 16 others before laying down his weapon and surrendering.

September 2008 - a mentally ill man who was released from jail one month earlier shot eight people in Alger, Washington, leaving six of them dead and the rest two wounded.

December 2008 - a man dressed in a Santa Claus suit opened fire at a family Christmas party in Covina, California, then set fire on the house and killed himself. Police later found nine people dead in the debris of the house.

March 2009 - a 28-year-old laid-off worker opened fire while driving a car through several towns in Alabama, killing 10 people.

 March 2009 - a heavily armed gunman shot dead eight people, many of them elderly and sick people, in a private-owned nursing home in North Carolina.

March 2009 - six people were shot dead in a high-grade apartment building in Santa Clara, California.

April 2009 - a man shot dead 13 people at a civic center in Binghamton, New York.

July 2009 - Six people, including one student, were shot in a drive-by shooting at a community rally on the campus of Texas Southern University, Houston.

November 2009 - U.S. army psychologist Major Nidal Hasan opened fire at a military base in Fort Hood, Texas, leaving 13 dead and 42 others wounded.

February 2010 – A professor opened fire 50 minutes into at a Biological Sciences Department faculty meeting at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, killing three colleagues and wounding three others.

January 2011 - a gunman (suspended student) opened fire at a public gathering outside a grocery in Tucson, Arizona, killing six people including a 9-year-old girl and wounding at least 12 others. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was severely injured with a gunshot to the head.

April 2 - A gunman kills seven people and wounds three in a shooting rampage at a Christian college in Oakland.

July 20 - A masked gunman kills 12 people and wounds 58 when he opens fire on moviegoers at a showing of the Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises" in Aurora, a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

Aug. 5 - A gunman kills six people during Sunday services at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, before he is shot dead by a police officer.

Aug. 24 - Two people are killed and eight wounded in a shooting outside the landmark Empire State Building in New York City at the height of the tourist season.

Sept. 27 - A disgruntled former employee kills five people and takes his own life in a shooting rampage at a Minneapolis sign company from which he had been fired.

Oct. 21 - Three people are killed in a Milwaukee area spa including the estranged wife of the suspected gunman, who then killed himself.

Dec. 14 - A 20 year old shooter opens fire at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, killing several people including children.

 

MORE in 2012

 

            February 2012 - A, 59-year-old male walked into a spa in Norcross, Georgia and shot and killed four people, then turned the gun on himself. Weapon used: .45 caliber pistol; bought legally.

 

            February 2012 - A 17-year-old male walked into the cafeteria of Chardon High School, Chardon, Ohio, and pulled out a handgun and began shooting at students gathered there before class killing three people and wounding three others. Weapon used: .22 caliber pistol; not known if bought legally.

 

            March 2012 - Three people were wounded when a 23-year-old male opened fire outside the Tulsa County Courthouse in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gun used: .357 revolver; not bought legally.

 

            March 2012 – A 30-year-old male entered the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and began shooting. One person was killed and seven wounded in the attack. Weapon used: Two 9mm handguns; not bought legally.

 

            April 2012 – A 43-year-old male killed seven people and injured three more when he opened fire at the small Christian college in Oakland, California. Weapons used: A semiautomatic handgun with four magazines of ammunition; bought legally.

 

            May 2012 – A 40-year-old male started shooting inside a Seattle, Washington, café near the University of Washington-Seattle campus killing four people inside the café and shooting a woman near the Town Hall and stole her SUV. Weapons used: Two .45 caliber automatic handguns; Bought legally.

 

            June 2012 – During an afternoon pool party in an apartment complex near the Auburn University campus in Auburn, Alabama, a, 22-year-old male opened fire killing three people and injuring three others. Weapon(s) used: unclear;

 

            July 2012 – A 44-year-old male opened fire in a crowded bar near the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa injuring 17 people. Weapon used: unclear, but thought by police to have been an AK-47-type rifle.

 

            July 2012 – A male gunman entered a Theater screening the new Batman film and began firing, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others. Weapons used: a semiautomatic AR-15 rifle, a shotgun and a .40 caliber handgun; all bought legally.

 

                August 2012 – A male gunman killed six people at Sikh temple in Wisconsin before being shot dead by police. Weapon used: 9mm handgun; bought legally.

 

                October 2012 – A 45-year-old male opened fire in a spa in Spa, Brookfield., Wisconsin, killing his wife, and two other women, and injuring four others before killing himself. Weapon used: .40mm semiautomatics handgun; unclear whether bought legally.

 

        December 2012 – A, 22-year-old male opened fire on holiday shoppers at the Clackamas Town Center in Oregon, killing two people and then himself. Weapon used: AR-15 rifle; weapon stolen.