To Fix Gun Crisis, All We Need Is Data
Setting up tracking system would be simple: Marc Parrish
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 28, 2012 3:33 AM CST
To fight mass shootings, all it takes is "simple math," writes Marc Parrish.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – How can we battle our mass-shooting epidemic? "Simple math" could help, "even without new restrictions on the guns anyone can buy," writes Marc Parrish at the Atlantic. We track all kinds of behavior in the US: Purchases of cold medicine, last-minute airline tickets bought with cash, and text messages are all subject to government probes. But few complain about such privacy invasions, because they're seen as safety measures. It's time to take similar action on guns.

"Armed only with data, we could begin to see the patterns between guns and ammunition purchases and violence," Parrish writes. Figures like Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho and Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes, for example, made their weapons purchases quickly, and both had established mental illness concerns. And creating a database wouldn't be hard: Compared to marketing databases, this tracking system would be "tiny," writes Parrish, who has worked as a senior marketer at a range of firms. Not so tiny: The amount of necessary political will. Click through for the full piece.

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Dec 29, 2012 9:10 PM CST
DUH !!! If you want to look at the data......... Consider: Gun ownership has TRIPLED in 20 years, but gun crimes have HALVED. Yeah........crazies get all the press, because it fits their agenda........ But the stats show that crime has gone down as gun ownership has gone up....... LEEEEEEEEEGAL gun ownership....... Punish the ILLLLEEEEEEGAL owners and most of the crime, itself, disappears. But.........don't let facts deter you from your pre-conceptions.
Dec 28, 2012 5:36 PM CST
I guess the entire premise of the story depends on the gangs, crooks, murderers, etc actually BUYING the firearms and giving their complete and correct personal data right? How likely is that? Somewhere between ZERO and NEVER ? OTH - that is Other Than Honest, people don't follow the law. That's kind of like WHAT part of ILLEGAL alien don't you understand? The most the proposal would do is create a even larger demand for stolen and illegal firearms, the least it could do is waste tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars and accomplish NOTHING!
Dec 28, 2012 3:29 PM CST
THE bottom line is: there are those in the U.S. government that don't want the people to be armed! There are a lot more deaths caused by simple stupid accidents, with a lot that could be prevented with a little awarness and education. Auto accidents are a big one that far exceed murders with firearms. A armed America is a threat to those in power that want to control the people. Wake up America.