Many news outlets are calling it "the worst shooting to take place on a U.S. military base", and then compare it to Fort Hood. Yet, I'm left to wonder, what exactly is the basis for that comparison? By that I mean, at Fort Hood there were thirteen casualties. While there were also thirteen casualties at the D.C. Navy Yard. However, in the D.C. Navy yard, the shooter is actually among the thirteen casualties, meaning only twelver were innocent bystanders; while at Fort Hood, the shooter went on to be tried in a court of law, stating that all thirteen deaths at Fort Hood were innocent bystanders. Now, if the comparison was being made under the ratio of military personnel versus civilian, that perhaps there was more military than civilian killed at Fort Hood, maybe I could understand the comparison... but as far as I know, they're not releasing information on the victims of the D.C. Navy Yard shooting yet, so it wouldn't be possible to be able to make even that kind of comparison?? *shrugs*
As much as I'd love to see better gun regulations put into play (note: not as the extreme gun activists think, not to take away all firearms from everybody, just better safety precautions) like psychological screenings for firearms, etc... there's still the chance it might not fully resolve all issues.
I do have an idea that will sound crazy, but may make sense, somewhat. What about the ability to manufacturer and/or upgrade all firearms to have minimal WiFi in them, and I know, sounds crazy, but hear this idea out:
Set it up so that everytime the trigger is pulled, a quick data packet is sent to a data server, simply logging firearm serial number (as well as a quick search to see whether or not the firearm is legally registered), exact coordinates (in three dimensions [X,Y,Z] to also note not only where at, but also to note exactly how high from the ground the firearm is, like standing, squatting, laying down, etc) the shot occured at, the trajectory of the shot in comparison to the firearm and how it's positioned, and perhaps some way of tagging ammo as to be able to register what kind of round is/was fired. Even though it may not fully deter shootings, it would at the very least, if people knew about it, make them aware that as soon as they pull the trigger, their shot is being instantly registered, the collected data would also help investigators (like in the Zimmerman case, where they weren't sure what the exact trajectory of the shot was, if he was laying down or standing up, or even how quickly/aimed the shot was fired). Also have failsafes in the weapons so that if the WiFi in the weapon is tampered with whatsoever, the gun locks up and becomes unusable (forced safety engagement). This isn't any form of "big brother watching", since there are many setups now to simply listen for a gunshot to go off and alert that a gun was fired in a certain/specific vacinity, it'd just be a more thorough means of gathering data of the shots that are fired. Again, it obviously wouldn't stop all these incidents from happening, but it would make it much harder, for instances where people do fire off a weapon, to escape or have a giant "unknown" as far as post-ballistics analysis after the fact go, while being able to have the ballistics assertained and collected as soon as a round has been fired. Not to mention the simple data gathering wouldn't at all interfere with the Right to Bear Arms. ^_^
Just a thought... it may have certain issues, but I'm sure there'd be a way to work out the kinks over time. I mean, if WiFi can now be put into refrigerators and such, why not into firearms? Q:)