Can We Make Guns Safer?

Thursday, October 03, 2013

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Whatever your stance on guns, the figures show that firearms take the lives of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children in the U.S. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 360,589 deaths by firearms since 1999.

But this week an investigative report published by our partner The New York Times suggests that the number of unintentional gun-related deaths among children is under counted. Records from five states show that the real number of accidental gun deaths may be up to twice what is officially reported.

Could we prevent accidental shootings if we had the technology to somehow make guns ”child-proof?"

The technology exists, but attempts to make it commercially available have so far been stymied by gun manufacturers and pro-gun lobbyists, among others.

Almost a decade ago Michael Recce, an associate professor at the New Jersey Institute of Technology, developed a technology that would make it almost impossible for a gun to be discharged by anyone but its owner. But despite the clear benefits of such a technology, Recce and his team haven’t had success convincing gun manufacturers to work with them.

Jim Schaff, vice president of marketing for Yardarm Technologies, is a little more optimistic. The company is developing a “wireless trigger safety” application for firearms, which links a gun’s geospatial position to the cell phone of its owner. The application can then alert the owner if the gun is moved, and gives them the option to disable the gun remotely.

Both men join The Takeaway to discuss how their technologies could have a significant impact on gun-related deaths.

Guests:

Michael Recce and Jim Schaff

Hosted by:

Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Katie Hiler

Editors:

T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

JF from DYSTOPIA

WORK ON GUNS. FIX THAT THING WHERE A PIECE OF METAL GOES INTO A LIVING HUMAN BEINGS BODY AND DESTROYS THEM.

Oct. 03 2013 03:46 PM
jf from LAND OF RETARDS

CAN YOU UM, MAKE GUNS THAT DON'T KILL PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! KEVLAR NETS FOR INSTANCE? HOW DEVOTED ARE YOU TO OUR BRUTAL DYSTOPIAN MINDSET? WILL YOU EVER GROW SENTIENCE?

Oct. 03 2013 03:44 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.


Guns don't need to be made child proof, in fact, all guns should be made to be toys, so both children and adults can play with them safely. Except, I bet adults would figure out a way to turn a toy into a lethal weapon.

Oct. 03 2013 02:12 PM

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