I’m a firm believer in the rights and importance of law-abiding citizens to own guns. End of story. I’m also a firm believer in the rights of people to be safe from those who want to use guns to harm others. End of story. What a dilemma. Sounds like a problem for smart entrepreneurs, small business owners, politicians, common citizens and sane advocacy groups to solve. I know, it’s not that simple.
Shamefully (but as expected) the gun ownership debate has been politicized – as are so many things in our country’s political system. There is an increase in mass killings (by people with mental illness and by just plain angry people). There also an increase in terrorism-related killings using guns.
I’ll leave the law making and/or enforcing aspects of what to do about it to others – politicians and advocacy groups.
However, small business owners and entrepreneurs should be ready (and have already started) to lend their expertise to solutions for more gun safety. Uber is solving our transportation problem. Apple solved our mobile needs. Google solved ou Internet search needs. Amazon solved our online shopping needs. Hulu solved our Friday evening entertainment needs. We have defliberators in airports and other public places. I’m sure we can find solutions to better gun safety.
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A number of entrepreneurs are offering some solutions to a new type of gun and gun storage that might be smarter and safer and might prevent un-authorized shooting. Ways to track gun ownership, decide who should get a gun and who should not and other second ammendment laws need to be figured out. We want to balance our important right bear arms with our right to be safe from guns by those who want to use them to harm someone.
Here’s a few gun safety mechanisms on the market and/or being developed now.
Fingerprint based locks – gun is only used when unlocked with a fingerprint (one resource – Identilock)
Amatix – Wrist watch RFID that unlocks gun only if owner is near
The Gun Box – strore your gun in a protective case with advanced locking features
Detect when someone is carrying a gun with Gun Detect. This camera detects the image of a gun and alerts you.