I just have to say, it is the per capita rate that matters, not the number. While more people might be murdered today, I honestly don't know if the percentage is higher since the "beginning". I have no proof either, but I tend to think so.
While people are required to obtain a license to legally operate a car, the requirement does not prevent them from operating one w/o a license. It also doesn't prevent them from driving while under the influence of drugs including alcohol. No it doesn't, but I was mostly speaking within the confines of laws and rules.
And, they do it all the time. I do not want to impose laws such that no civilian can drive in order to ensure only licensed drivers do.
There is virtually no gun that is legally sold and manufactured in the US that does not include a safety. If not, there are "safety accessories" to lock it out. A revolver has safety built into the design. I know . Despite my words, I wasn't speaking of the device or instrument itself but of the rules or laws surround the objects like so many other "unsafe" activities or items out there.
Vehicles safety? Safety was not a concern until tens of thousands of people died. Right... cause and effect.
Now car safety testing is a costly "science". The concept of impact and momentum were worked out long before cars were common. In otherwords, it was not ignorance, it was money. Seat belts became mandatory at the behest of insurance companies, not car companies.
The guard rail thing - ditto. Installation of guard rails and other safety measures is also a matter of blood and money. If enough people die...they will build one. Right again
. I think enough people have died and enough tragedies have occured whether the gun was legally owned or not.
In many cases, it does not matter how "evident" the risk is or was before they took action.
I have absolutely no problem with specifications - such as a gun (including its safety mechanism) must meet or exceed x, y or z specification. Of course, neither do most gun manufactures...and they advertise it. I have a problem w people looking for ways to get money to study something this far out in left field. If one wanted to actually contribute to solving the problem, they would start w something like - what are the penalties and how often and to what degree are they enforced for illegal sale and purchase of weapons? There are plenty of people who own guns legally that shouldn't or have done plenty of harm **cough cough-irresponsiblehunters.... cough**
And, how effective is it? This is obviouse. People that intend to use a gun to commit a crime do not ordinarily purchase guns at the local gun shop b/c most of them have a previouse conviction. True, but they don't account for all the problems.
So long as people ignore the fact that in order for laws to be effective they must be enforced....the "gun" will be blamed before the lack of responsible governing and a functional justice system is blamed.
I don't know what mechanism would make a gun, car, knife, or can of drano "irresponsible and stupid -proof"....cement? The nation would be far better off funding research for such a mechanism to be installed in every seat in congress. LOL