I have been thinking about the issue of gun control/ownership in the US and how would one go about finding a resolution to maintain the rights of people to defend themselves while reduce the mass killings and random shootings that happen “presumably” because of widespread accessibility to guns.
There are two arguments for and against gun ownership.
For: It is a constitutional right to defend oneself and have a gun. Plus guns don’t kill people, people kill people (which I don’t agree with but that’s what I hear a lot from proponents of gun ownership).
Against: If you have a gun and can easily obtain one if you don’t, you’re more likely to use violence with gun and commit homicide using a gun.
The two arguments are sound on the surface but contradictory in effect. How can we find a compromise to cut the cons while keeping the pros in gun ownership? Give people guns to defend themselves without giving them mechanism to kill other people?
The answer is in BULLETS!
Modify the bullets in such a way that can make a target unconscious but don’t kill its target. Is it possible? Maybe and possibly YES.
First of all, we already have rubber bullets and they inflict a lot of pain on a human target once hit. They don’t kill but they cause a lot of pain. That’s often enough to deter an attack and potentially disable an intruder. Why is that not enough for people? I don’t know the answer to that and still have to be convinced on why you still need to have lead bullets to defend yourself?!
For the sake of argument, let’s assume that the gun shot has to make its target unconscious and act similarly to a gun with real, lead bullets (without the lethal effect of course). Then, can we design a bullet technology that (similarly to taser guns) can paralyze its target upon impact? Is it possible to have taser bullets rather than taser guns?
I admit that this might be over engineering and too expensive to build; on other hand regardless of what technology or technique proposed, it may never be enough to convince pro guns and NRA in the US to change their minds about guns. But we may be able to change their minds about bullets.