The US needs common-sense gun control

Why should it be harder to crack an iPhone than to shoot a gun? Last time I checked, my iPhone doesn’t take bullets of any caliber.

With all the media coverage last week surrounding iPhone security and customer privacy, I had to wonder: why don’t guns have similar security measures? And, if such a device could be made, either requiring a four-digit code or a fingerprint scanner, would I support it? Would you?

Just three days ago, a mother in Michigan was shot in the back of the head by her 3-year-old child and is expected to survive, according to ABC News.

If her gun had a security device in place, this accident may have never occurred in the first place.

Gun companies, manufacturers and technology developers have had fingerprint scanner materials available for quite some time now. So why aren’t they in use? Some say “it impedes our freedom.”

Yet, these are the same folks walking around with security codes on their phones. Is the data for Facebook, Twitter and your email more important than another person’s life? No.

We all give up “freedoms” in order to rest easy or to have some sense of security even though that security is just an illusion.

This could be why gun owners and supporters of the Idaho Second Amendment Alliance (ISAA) rallied in Boise on Saturday to argue that 18–year-olds should be allowed to carry firearms without a permit.

Idaho House Bill 422 is the closest legislation in the nation to a permitless carry law, and the ISAA has called for the removal of a clause that would raise the age limit to carry from 18 to 21.

Hundreds gathered in front of the Capitol over the weekend in support of this issue, and it could be one of the last chances for individuals to show their support.

My opinion on guns isn’t black or white; this is a very complex issue that needs a closer look. I support freedom. I support hunting. I support the right of the people to own guns. I also support the idea of making guns more secure.

How many mothers have to be shot by children under 5 in order for us to take action? Does it need to be your mother, your sister or your friend before a larger consideration can be made?

Yet there have been very few mentions or considerations of how to prevent accidental shootings from reoccurring.

The Republican Party is notorious for using phrases like “common sense,” yet when it comes to moms getting shot in supermarkets by their own children, I have yet to see one comment about how the mother should not have left her child alone with a gun in her bag.

That seems pretty common sense to me. I have a kid. I have guns. Is he allowed to be anywhere near a loaded firearm when I am not watching? Hell no. Why? Common sense.

Since common sense clearly doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone, perhaps other security measures should be added.

Plus, if my sexy Winchester had a fingerprint scanner on it and would only shoot for me, then it would be far less likely to get stolen and I could rest easy knowing if it did, it would be rendered essentially useless.

I am not under any illusion that the United States would ever pass comprehensive gun laws like the United Kingdom, but there are small things we could do to bring guns into the 21st century in terms of safety.

A four-digit code, like the one on your phone, or a fingerprint scanner that unlocks in less than five seconds wouldn’t be the end of the world. It should be more difficult to shoot a gun than to break into my phone.