Trying To End Accidental Shootings: Kai Kloepfer 18-Year-Old Creates Fingerprint Reader – The World’s Safest Gun?
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[Trying To End Accidental Shootings: Kai Kloepfer 18-Year-Old Creates Fingerprint Reader – The World’s Safest Gun?]
[News Reporters (Voice Over):] Source: LYBIO.net
It’s almost hard to describe the situation around here. It is so chaotic.
The worst grade-school shooting in U.S. history.
[Student (Witness Voice Over):]
And then he came into the library, shot everybody around me.
Can this be prevented?
[Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961)]
If there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, to try.
One young man believes he has the answer.
Every 30 minutes in United States, a child dies or is injured by a fire. Add it up over even a week and we get over 300 children, just children alone injured or killed by a fire arm. That’s a problem that I said up to solve.
[Richard Taylor (Store Manager – Firing Line):]
Hi, can I help you with any of the tool today.
Yeah, just look at one of your M&P’s here.
[Richard Taylor:] Source: LYBIO.net
There you go.
What I’ve been working for last couple of years is taking firearms and like making like a smart firearm it was a fingerprint sensor is set in right here.
Smart firearms can only be fire by specific people. The system registers their fingerprint. Post some photos up here.
So all the circuitry is on the inside, I think its all basically.
Yeah, it’s all in the inside. So that means that if a child finds a firearm or if a police officer is disarmed that firearm is completely useless.
Interesting concept certainly, personally I wouldn’t feel comfortable with that, unless face it I mean firearms have been used you know, here for many centuries.
100 years, yeah.
And its work perfectly for an awful lot of people absolutely.
[A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, shall not be infringed.]
[News Reporters (Voice Over):]
Lone gunman opened fire.
Two young men in long, black trench coats.
Eight people shot in the school.
I’m a senior in high school in Colorado. This whole project started my sophomore high school for the science fair. I sat out thinking what if I could do something about the problem of mass shootings.
[Coni Sanders :]
I lost my dad at Columbine High School. He was murdered by two boys that went to school there. He was a teacher for 25 years. He was a coach. He was a dad. He was a husband. It was unbelievable that kind of pain. People can’t understand. If they could understand, they would be doing things differently.
[Kai Kloepfer:] Source: LYBIO.net
I started to do some research and realized that mass shootings were mostly a psychological problem. But this larger problem of accidental death is something that I could solve with engineering.
[Carol Hamph (Kai’s Mom):]
Kai was a maker before anybody in the world was talking about that we have a maker society. He learns by doing things.
I’ve learned pretty much everything I know about engineering through my own internet research, watching tutorials.
[Peter Kloepfer (Kai’s Father):]
We’ve never suggested that he do any of this stuff its all just come out of wherever passion comes from.
My motivation for this entire project is always been that people aren’t intentionally hurting children with firearms. It’s almost entirely accidental.
Its heartbreaking to see little kids being killed by guns accidentally and to have little kids, be them once who were sometimes shooting the guns, its heartbreaking.
Unintentional uses of guns, its inconceivable what it would be like to grow up for the three-year old that reaching her moms purse and pull out the gun and shot her mom. The pain of that’s inconceivable.
[Kai Kloepfer:] Source: LYBIO.net
This is my first project. Since then I have developed a much more advanced project. If I put my finger on the sensor right here, it will fire for me, but if you try it, nothing happens. The only reason, I’ve been able to progress further then just a classic prototype. It’s because of a grant I’ve received recently from the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation. They generously awarded me a $50,000 grant to work on developing the prototype on in actual life firearm.
All right, the number one rule out here on the range is always keep the gun pointed at this direction. My name is Jared Campbell and we’re at the Family Shooting Center. Here I’m an Operations Manager, before that I was in the Marine Core, second battalion third marines and did two tours in Iraq.
What would be your thoughts on actually military applications for this?
So in the military, pretty much mandatory everybody wears gloves. I can tell you first time experience for being overseas that I didn’t always shoot with the nice high proper grip. The unknown amount of variables that combat presents, people lose fingers, and still have to continue fighting. Kai’s got an uphill battle. This type of technology has been previously shunned. So anything new coming out is really going to have to prove itself. Gun ownership is synonymous with being an American. [COLORADO SHERIFFS STAND STRONG FOR GUN RIGHTS.] So it’s a big pride thing for us to be able to do this.
Generally, I’ve been pretty optimistic about the whole thing. Let’s keep going, you know – let’s keep working on it. There has been times where the time commitment gets really hard.
The demands at school in addition to putting in 30 hours a week to make this a reality, he was wore out, he had health challenges, but nothing was going to hold him back.
Every moment that I’m not at school, I need to be working on this project, because the sooner I can get it done, the sooner I can actually get this out there in people’s hands, saving lives. My technology might not a specifically prevented the Columbine shooting, but it very well could have prevented any number of shooting sense. For example, with The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, those firearms used to commit that were stolen from the kid’s parents. If the guns that were taken were equipped with my technology, they would have been completely unusable.
I think that is – that’s amazing. I think it can have a huge impact on reducing the number of memorials.
In the world, and although it’s beautiful I wish it weren’t here.
If we can reduce accidental deaths from firearms by 90% then, you know – that’s 90% more families who get to come home to the loved ones every single day.
Wow, I like your optimism, but it at this point, even one because I don’t want anybody to have to go to places like this to remember our loved ones. You are giving people the opportunity to sit with them and have dinner instead of come here and sit quietly and remember them.
[Kai Kloepfer:] Source: L Y B I O . N E T
Over the course of this projects what’s been driving me is just numbers on a piece of paper. After talking to you, this has given me a whole new level of motivation to continue this.
This is about human lives. This has an incredible opportunity to make a tangible impact on not just my surrounding community. But intentionally the entire country or the entire world. Anybody can have a positive impact on the world, if they are willing to throw themselves into something or you have to do is find something that you’re passion about put the time in and be willing just to put yourself out there. So just start.
Kai’s goal is to finish his live firearm prototype in 2015, and graduate from high school.
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