We need to stop media coverage of mass shootings. If there is no nationwide recognition what would be the point of committing these cowardly acts.
Location: Long Island, NY
The cost of gun violence in the U.S. is between $150-$300 billion annually (according to CBS News and the L.A. Times). This accounts for medical care, police investigations, incarceration, lawsuit damages and other related costs. There are at least 300 million guns in circulation. That’s a cost of $500-$1000 per gun.
The cost of car accidents per year ranges from $160 billion to $875 billion (according to AAA, CNN Money, and the NHTSA [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration]). This accounts for medical care, damage to the cars, police investigations, legal settlements and other related costs – the different studies used different criteria. There are about 260 million cars in the U.S. That’s a cost of $600-$3000 per car.
Based on reported rates from several state-governing insurance departments, and information from organizations such as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, the national car insurance average rate is just above $900 per year of coverage per car.
The cost of gun insurance? $0 in life insurance policies, $0 in home insurance, $0 in car insurance, $0 in medical insurance. This means that, while even responsible car owners with no accidents or violations on their records are paying $900/year to insurance companies to subsidize bad drivers and protect themselves from potential losses, gun owners (responsible or not) pay nothing to cover similar losses.
This means that non-gun owners are subsidizing gun owners through higher taxes and insurance costs. This needs to change.
There should be mandatory insurance charges of $500 per gun per year, in addition to license and registration fees, and a real test (as comprehensive as a driving test) of the gun purchaser’s knowledge of gun laws and ability to safely use their weapon(s).
In addition, safeguards need to be added to guns, just as they have been in cars.
As in cars, only the gun owner and co-owners should be able to fire his/her weapon. This can be done with biometrics, or by having a “key” (physical or electronic) that must be in possession of the owner to allow the gun to fire. This would prevent a careless gun owner’s child from firing the weapon, as well as a thief.
As in most cars, a GPS chip should be added to all guns so that if it is stolen or lost, it can be tracked. To prevent secondary/unauthorized re-selling, proof of possession and insurance should be provided by the gun owner annually. If a registered gun is no longer in the possession of its owner, and no police report has been filed, a jail term should be mandatory.
These measures in no way violate a person’s right to own a gun – in fact, they provide protections for both the gun owners and the rest of us in the event of unlawful or accidental misuse of a gun. You may keep and bear arms, but must do so responsibly.
These suggestions are going easy on gun owners: remember, “A well-regulated militia” implies that gun ownership should not only be strongly regulated, but “being necessary to the security of a free State” means that if there is a threat to this country, gun owners should be required to form a militia to combat it. Have fun fighting ISIS in the desert! Or, as I suspect, are you too wimpy to use your guns for protection? Not a single one of the mass shootings in this country was slowed or halted by a civilian with a weapon. Where are all of you brave defenders of the Constitution when we need you?
Location: Tampa, FL
My suggestions are to modify the credit reporting and rating system by implementing the following:
1. Expand the number of credit reporting companies/agenices from three today to more, subject to Federal Government Guidelines, Rules and Regulations.
2. Mandate that for a single individual there shall not be any difference between the credit score assigned by any credit reporting agency when records are accessed at the same time.
3. Credit score/reports for an individual shall be made available to the same individual from the credit reporting agency(ies) at no cost, at any time, for any number of checks by the same individual.
4. There shall not be any adverse impact to the credit score/report of an individual on account of any queries made by any company or individual doing a credit score/report background check on that individual.
5. It is mandatory that anyone that reports a problem against any individual to a credit reporting agency shall issue a letter to the individual immediately upon resolution of the problem and also, communicate to the agency to whom the problem was filed that the problem has been solved and that there is no need to negatively impact this account due to the problem reported by that agency on that individual. This communication to the credit reporting agency has to be done within 24 hours of the resolution of the problem. The agency, in turn shall revise the credit report within 24 hours of the receipt of the communication
6. The credit reporting agency shall communicate to the individual everytime a problem has been reported on an individual and allow the individual to present his or her case to an ‘adverse impact reporting’ cell or a similar agency within the credit reporting agency for possible resolution before deciding that the problem is just and concluding that this problem shall be a part of the individual’s credit record.
I strongly believe that these measures shall automatically change the credit scores/rating for many Americans.
Chandrasekharam (‘Sekhar’) Tatapudy
Location: Campbell, CA
Forget trying to impose a carbon tax. Just do a executive order that all taxes derived from fossil fuels are provided to subsidize the conversion to green energy at the consumer level. The industry will natural grow from there. All the money should go to providing rooftop solar panels and electric and hydrogen cars. Not even Hybrids, Alcohol, LP or Natural gas cars should be allowed. Starting with communities that already derive their energy by solar. hydroelectric, wind and geothermal generating plants(or are trying to provide some portion it as green energy), with coal being last. Then if the states are upset over their loss of revenue they can impose their own carbon tax to make up for their lost revenue. Although I think that also should go to the consumer along with any subsidies we still give the oil industry. It would be a quick conversion to green energy with mainly road repairs suffering but just for the time the conversion is taking place. States could still impose that mileage tax they were thinking of when we go green to fix roads. I think if were going to make the conversion lets do it as fast as possible and set an example to the whole world.
Location: Spokane, Washington
The wave of refugees from Syria into Europe is more than they should be expected to deal with. The United States must take in its share (a large share) of those refugees. It’s not as if we didn’t have anything to do with the situation in the Middle East.
Location: Whole County
Dear Mr. Obama, USA’s president, I suggest that to solve the Ukrania’s crisis and preserve the integrity of that country would be enough to extend also to Russia the invite made to Ukrania by European Union.
Every historic event, mainly the war, till today had always behind it some economic cause. Well, today wars are not more solutions, since the militar arsenals became them unviables. also economically. Wars today have no more winners, only losers. The European Union tries for the first time to solve economic diferences between diverse countries and peoples through an union instead of a war. So even Russia’s economy is not a great economy, it is much better than, for instance, Greek’s economy, which participates from this union. European Union is actually an great effort by the Peace and deserves total backing of every world country.
I am from Brazil, Mr. Obama, sorry by my English, I know that it is improved. I never lived on a English country, my English was learned only in schools in Brazil.
Renato Neubert de Souza (email@example.com)
Phone +55 12 3027-6543
Location: (São Paulo, Brazil)
Imagine a world where you didn’t have to kill countless people for the sake of some oil. Imagine a world where both parties that seek to fight over the oil would gather their best soldiers and fight the must brutal of arena games in the audience of their leaders with equal wagers. All world leaders must respect the rules of this deadly game and to the victor always goes the spoils. If a team should refuse to lose at all costs it is permitted to use deadly force. Not only could countries battle 1 team vs 1 team. There could be wagers of massive quantities of goods like precious metals and technology, and all countries that wager something of enough value could win everything on the table. Of course it is permitted for teams to take sides with other teams, perhaps allied countries, and share the loot but the terms must be spoken of and agreed to after all wagers are placed. 1 team consists of 5 fighters skilled in their various arts. If 2 countries team up then all teams must meet their amount of participants either by teaming up with another country or adding in a secondary team.
Bullets are rubber so they will hurt a lot but they probably won’t kill you. Though that sniper bullet may go through some skin. Rubber slugs will also hurt a lot. Grenades are primarily concussion grenades. If you pretend to be dead, you are counted out of the battle and firing any rounds after that will get your team eliminated. When the guns go down and the fists and face beaters start swinging that’s when the fun starts. Give them any number of melee weapons to knock each other unconscious with and let them run each other over with cars, slow moving cars with rubber bumpers.
When you replace war with a game, world peace is sure to follow suit.
Location: Buras Louisiana USA
Put massive 50% taxes on goods like playstations, tvs, plane tickets even… 75% on first class tickets. The billionaires shouldn’t mind throwing in an extra penny and I’m sure it wouldn’t kill the kids to play basketball for a couple more months instead of playing the latest game system. Even tax some various luxury foods.
Reduce the tax for people with disabilities, people on welfare, and people with food stamps. Also reduce all supertaxes for people native to America.
Location: Buras, Louisiana, USA
Think about this, marijuana is basically going to be legal in a few years anyway so you need to act fast. It will be dirt cheap so nobody will notice the government taking a massive extra 50% for tax purposes in recreational marijuana sales. Maybe a 25% for medical marijuana sales. Also throw in a big tax for people buying from growers to stock their stores.
If you tax it fast people will not even notice. If you wait too long then pushing the supertax will cause trouble.
Use the profits to reduce America’s debt greatly.
Location: Buras, louisiana, USA
Not enough people participate in the election process. The rich flood the poles while the working cannot afford to go to the polls
due to work or illness.
I propose that the government give each voter a 100 dollar voucher that is only useful to pay income tax. This is peanuts as far as the rich is concerned, but needed to compensate the poor. And no value if you don’t pay taxes. Pluss the IRS can scan and limit invalid vouchers.
Location: Oklahoma 74464