Biden voices interest in new technology for guns

Jan 11, 2013 by Erica Werner
President Joe Biden, accompanied by Attorney General Eric Holder, gestures as he speaks during a meeting with Sportsmen and Women and Wildlife Interest Groups and member of his cabinet, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. Biden is holding a series of meetings this week as part of the effort he is leading to develop policy proposals in response to the Newtown, Conn., school shooting (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Vice President Joe Biden says he's interested in technology that would keep a gun from being fired by anyone other than the person who bought it. He says evidence shows such technology may have curtailed what happened last month in Connecticut when 20 youngsters and six teachers were gunned down inside their elementary school.

Biden commented Friday as he met with representatives from the . It was the latest in a series of meetings he's held with interested parties as he finalizes the administration's response to the Connecticut shooting.

He said he hopes to deliver recommendations to President Barack Obama by Tuesday.

Biden said that had the Connecticut shooter not had access to guns bought by his mother he might have been unable to otherwise get a gun.

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TheGhostofOtto1923
1.5 / 5 (23) Jan 11, 2013
"Biden voices interest in new technology for guns"

-Translation - biden voices interest in tech that would make all existing guns obsolete so he can grab them as well.
antialias_physorg
4 / 5 (8) Jan 11, 2013
Tech won't solve this.
Only a fundamental change in mentality will.

- A sense that violence is the least desirable solution (instead of like right now: where it is the go-to solution for anything from foreign affairs to handling criminal offenders)
- A sense of responsibility for education and giving sensible values to children (instead of feeding them "only the strong will survive" crap or letting the TV pump them full of unreal stereotypes/unreachable ideals)

People in society must start to take responsibility for the freaks they create (or ignore). Putting the responsibility on tech is only a bandaid to an open wound that needs surgery.
dan42day
2 / 5 (8) Jan 12, 2013
I agree that tech won't solve this, but I think it is more difficult to accurately point to what changes will abate this.

The time, energy and resources that are currently being put into finger pointing and attempting to legislate it away, should instead be focused on scientifically examining the problem.

Do these events happen more often now than at some other time in history allowing for population? Are they more common in America than other countries?

There are hundreds if not thousands of other questions about thier relationship to cultural phenomena, medical and genetic issues and on and on. It is very easy to jump on a popular bandwagon and blame gun culture, video games, violent entertainment, bad parents, or whatever.

But can any real causal evidence be found? Is there any reasonable way to stop it? Or is it just something that we will have to accept and view it as one of the least likely bad things that could happen to us?

We need to know. We need to find out.
gwrede
2.3 / 5 (6) Jan 12, 2013
I'd really like too see the kind of technology for hand guns that a smart teenager couldn't jailbreak. Or hack around.

And if ever anyone comes asking for seed money for this, I'd laugh them right out of the building.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1.6 / 5 (20) Jan 12, 2013
Tech won't solve this.
Only a fundamental change in mentality will.

- A sense that violence is the least desirable solution (instead of like right now: where it is the go-to solution for anything from foreign affairs to handling criminal offenders)
- A sense of responsibility for education and giving sensible values to children (instead of feeding them "only the strong will survive" crap or letting the TV pump them full of unreal stereotypes/unreachable ideals)

People in society must start to take responsibility for the freaks they create (or ignore). Putting the responsibility on tech is only a bandaid to an open wound that needs surgery.
blah. The compulsive and sociopathic nature of criminals and addicts stems from damage and defect in growing brains. Until this can be prevented or fixed we need to protect ourselves.
Doug_Huffman
2.7 / 5 (12) Jan 12, 2013
Too late. The Congress and the States are forbidden laws ex post facto. I already got mine. MOLON LABE Oedipus Rex wannabe!

Oedipus killed his father and 'married' his mother as Obama has the USA
FrankHerbert
1.8 / 5 (15) Jan 12, 2013
Too late. The Congress and the States are forbidden laws ex post facto. I already got mine. MOLON LABE

That's not what they mean by "ex post facto." The government most certainly could ban guns and confiscate legally purchased guns. (It won't.)

Oedipus Rex wannabe!

Oedipus killed his father and 'married' his mother as Obama has the USA
What? At least you didn't drop a poem on us this time.
perrycomo
1.4 / 5 (11) Jan 13, 2013
Most western countries have the trias politica . In those countries only the executive arm has fire weapons , the only exception must be for hunting and shooting clubs (It is better to ban them too ). Therefore the state must be the only one who has the monopoly of arms and not the american population with a lot of people who are functioning with an IQ of 80 . There is no reason at all that citizens must have guns . A complete nuthouse is the result . We see it over and over again in the U.S.A..
kochevnik
2.1 / 5 (11) Jan 13, 2013
Therefore the state must be the only one who has the monopoly of arms and not the american population with a lot of people who are functioning with an IQ of 80 .
So what do you so when an 80IQ Merikan is raping your woman or your kid? You call the police and watch them have their way with your family for 30 minutes? Do you know the emergency lines are often busy? So what do you do then? Cry?

England was pathetic even before the gun ban. Now England has the highest crime rate in Europe. It's a great place for rapists and thieves because your victim won't fight back and the police are elsewhere.
TheGhostofOtto1923
1.4 / 5 (20) Jan 13, 2013
England was pathetic even before the gun ban. Now England has the highest crime rate in Europe. It's a great place for rapists and thieves because your victim won't fight back and the police are elsewhere.
And even THEY are unarmed.
Shootist
2.8 / 5 (13) Jan 13, 2013
Too late. The Congress and the States are forbidden laws ex post facto. I already got mine. MOLON LABE

That's not what they mean by "ex post facto." The government most certainly could ban guns and confiscate legally purchased guns. (It won't.)


Frank you bonehead. What part of, "shall not be infringed", do you not understand?

The Constitution would have to be amended to legally allow for the removal of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. You are welcome to attempt to amend away.
kochevnik
2.1 / 5 (7) Jan 14, 2013
England was pathetic even before the gun ban. Now England has the highest crime rate in Europe. It's a great place for rapists and thieves because your victim won't fight back and the police are elsewhere.
And even THEY are unarmed.

Famous question after a tourist was beaten by an addict trying to steal a laptop. In a popular tourist area. Tourist walks three blocks to the underground station with blood streaming down his face and reports the assault to the stationed bobby. Bobby's response? "So what do you what me to do?"

English police are stationed without even knowing why the fuck they are there. They are security theater.

Still awaiting salvation from perrycomo. The bodies are quite stiff by now
Claudius
3 / 5 (12) Jan 16, 2013
Then there is Australia as an example. After their gun confiscation, gun crime increased, home invasion increased, just about all crime increased.

Doesn't America have enough problems? Do we need our crime rates increased like in Australia and the UK?