In class, we tried to synthesize the information from the past few weeks. By looking at the paradoxes within the system, we can find the exact places we want to fix and where we can intervene. That being said, I narrowed down some of the paradoxes within the problem space I was working in.
The ones I mainly focused on after brainstorming were the following:
- Buying a gun for safety should keep you safe, but it allows for more guns to go missing or lost in the system and open for misuse.
- Tracking guns should help us better pinpoint / locate owners, but owners go through illegal means (ex. 3rd party purchasers + straw purchasers) to avoid tracking and regulation.
- We are so focused on how to fix the gun problem for the future (more guns vs. less guns), without focusing on what to do with the guns currently in the system.
I decided my intervention point would be in a system for better gun tracking and loss prevention.
Justin visited the Pittsburgh Police Firearm Tracking Unit and brought back various flyers and educational material about loss prevention, proper storage and safety of guns, gun safety for kids, and more. Though many of them lacked in design, the one I thought were most important were the Personal Firearms Records. As many people place that information next to their gun or don't even properly record the make, model and serial number on their gun, when their gun becomes lost or stolen, that information is either taken with the gun or not available to make a proper police report.
There was also some mention of loss prevention methods and how to store the gun safely at home, but the information on what to do if a gun is lost was still vague. It aimed more at how to prevent straw purchases and prevent losing the gun, than active steps a gun owner can take if that was the situation.