Paul Ekman’s “Trigger locks can save kids”

Dr Paul Ekman

Dr. Paul Ekman

Dr. Paul Ekman’s Letter to the Editor in the San Francisco Chronicle;
“Trigger locks can save kids” 15th January, 2013.

Marsha N. Cohen‘s suggestion in “Mandatory insurance?” (Jan. 11, Open Forum) mentioned in passing trigger-guard locks rendering a gun inoperative.

Let me add that trigger guards would prevent children, treating a gun as a toy, from killing themselves or others.

It would also have prevented the Newtown, Conn., killer (“Biden convenes gun task force, promises action,” Jan. 10) from using his mother’s guns to kill her and then the children and teachers.

While opposed in the past by the NRA when advocates pushed for laws making gun locks mandatory, the NRA might join in a campaign for voluntary gun trigger locks, encouraged by tax deductions, public acknowledgement and free trigger guards. Trigger guards won’t prevent all use of guns to kill people, but it will help.”

Paul Ekman
Professor of psychology emeritus, UCSF

From Letters to the editor, 15th January, 2013.


About Stu Dunn

I have three major professional areas in my life: Team Dunn Real Estate (Harcourts Real Estate with my beautiful wife Bridget), SDL (Behavioural Science Consulting) and Qian Li Dao Academy NZ (Wing Chun Kung Fu). Stu & Bridget Dunn Real Estate: Providing awesome service and results through our approachable, professional and effective real estate services. SDL: SDL helps our clients to understand non-verbal communication and to avoid deception. We do this by providing online courses, training and specialist advice in areas of behaviour, emotional analysis and detecting deception. Both my wife Bridget and I are also FACS certified. I have also written an International Best Seller, True Lies; A Guide To Reading Faces, Interpreting Body Language & Detecting Deception In The Real World., & Qian Li Dao Academy NZ (Wing Chun Kung Fu): The Wing Chun System, known for its incredible speed, powerful straight punches & Chi Sao (contact reflex training), relies on angling & body mechanics rather than brute force.
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