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Jewish NYU-POLY Student Pushes Invention That Could Eliminate Gun Violence in Schools

February 28, 2013 1:30 am 9 comments

The question that has plagued Democrats and Republicans alike since the recent massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut is “What are we going to do about the guns?”. Six staff members and 20 children were shot and killed when a gunman opened fire on the school in December, among the victims was a six year old Jewish boy, Noah Pozner, who was shot 11 times.

Following the shooting, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg expressed his sympathy, as well as the need for a closer look at gun laws. “This is a national tragedy and it demands a national response. My deepest sympathies are with the families of all those affected, and my determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever” he said, calling for more than presidential rhetoric on tightening gun-control legislation. However, months later, the issues surrounding gun laws seem to have conveniently drifted into the background of the political stage. It remains apparent however, that change is necessary.

One promising young Jewish Brooklyn student may have the answer. Twenty-one year old Joshua Soussan, who attends NYU Polytechnical Institute, has pitched an invention proposal to the INNO/VENTION COMPETITION that promises to change the face of gun violence in the U.S.

“The design is called AEGIS. It consists of two components, a radio frequency emitter, plugged into a socket in schools and a response unit on the weapon. When the frequency is detected, it prevents the gun from firing. If you are in the proximity of a school or government building, your weapon will become disabled. It’s simple, ” Soussan explained to The Algemeiner.

Naturally, no gun in circulation at present has the immobilizer technology installed, however Soussan is confident that, similar to the enforcement of the seat belt law in 1965, the public will be open to change in the interest of public safety.

“Under President Johnson, all cars had to have a modification made to be legal to drive. Similarly, semiautomatic rifle owners who do not adhere to this new law would  have their firearm license revoked until they bring their weapons in to be altered,” said Soussan. This technology would not alter the guns functionality in any way but simply limit it to use away from schools, universities and other public venues. “If you believe that school shootings should stop then there should be no problem with enforcing the technology,” the student continued.

There have been five school shootings since the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut four months ago.

The only son of U.S. Army Chaplain, Major Henry Soussan, Joshua learned respect for firearms from an early age and believes that potentially dangerous devices require limitations.

The same concept exists in cars. Every car on the market is chipped to prevent the driver from driving past a certain limit. This law is not in place to infringe on our freedom but rather to prevent reckless driving and possibly fatalities. We are not saying that guns should be banned but rather disabled in certain areas. I believe that regardless off political affiliation, everyone will agree that guns never have and never will belong in our nation’s schools,” he concluded.


  • Such a bleeding heart show of ignorance, both of laws and of the simple fact that we have the constitutionally CONFIRMED NATURAL RIGHT to be armed.
    There was never a school shooting in Utah, the only state (for now) where people have the right to carry in college campuses, nor in Vermont, where guns are carried by anyone without any gun laws, licenses, permits; murder rates in gun toting Texas are infinitesimally lower than in murderers’ paradise like L.A., N.Y., Chicago, Detroit, where it is almost impossible to get a concealed-carry permit.
    I want my gun to be able to fire anywhere if I am in condition to save my or someone else’s life!

  • Well it’s good he’s thinking outside the box, but what about all the Islamic terrorist cells out there in the U.S., who have enormous amounts of guns illegally?

  • This is a good start even though I agree with the loud mouths above. It is a sensible suggestion that could be looked at in conjunction with tightening up gun laws in the US. An example would be to make it compulsory to have a gun licence to own a gun.

    Personally, I do not see why a citizen needs a gun, I am lucky enough to live in the UK where guns are tightly controlled. Gun crimes do happen but not very frequently.

    At least someone tried even if it doesn’t work, perhaps someone of you above can come up with something better?

    • BlueShadowII

      “Gun crimes do happen but not very frequently.” Violent crime is stopped by an armed citizen even less frequently in the UK. Here in the US, criminals prefer places like Chicago, NYC, and DC; their victims or even bystanders are much less likely to be able to intercede. That fact is supported statistically and by the testimony of incarcerated felons.

    • mike schuman

      With gun laws in place, the UK has one of the highest theft and robbery rates in the western world. Avoid it at all costs, lest you be robbed.

  • The sheer ignorance shown in this article is astounding. Soussan says that if gun owners dont bring in their rifles for this new device, they will have their gun licences revoked. But he seems to have no idea how gun laws here work. You do not need a gun licence to own a firearm, only to carry it in the public domain.

    And thats not including inherent problems with the idea such as what if the criminal disables the device.

  • This is a non-starter. The would-be attacker can simply remove gun parts used for this purpose and use the gun after replacing those parts with parts that cannot be tracked. Simple guns can also be manufactured in garage on a cheap portable lathe machine.

  • The gun nuts will never go for this. They will cite that the government will use this to disarm them against their will.

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