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Big data can solve gun problem


By tovarichpeter   Follow   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 8:20am PST   185 views   3 comments
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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/12/how-big-data-can-solve-americas-gun-problem/266633/

That's a tragedy, because combining simple math and the power of crowds could give us the tools we need to red flag potential killers even without new restrictions on the guns anyone can buy. Privacy advocates may hate the idea, but an open national database of ammunition and gun purchases may be what America needs if we're ever going to get our mass shooting problem under control. Just look at the gun-acquiring backgrounds of some of our more recent mass killers to see what I mean. James Holmes, the Aurora shooting suspect, went to three different locations spread out over...

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Dan8267   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 9:58am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 1

Go on the Internet and you can read that the cellphone carriers told Congress that U.S. law enforcement made a staggering 1.3 millions requests for customer text messages, caller locations, and other information just in 2011. And that the number of requests had doubled in the last five years. Most of this cell phone data is requested without even a warrant issued by a judge.

There is no outrage by the American public over any of this, even though it causes citizens inconvenience and invades their privacy.

I'm outraged over it.

justme   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 10:26am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 2

"The power of crowds" ? What the heck are the talking about. Are they going to un-like the gun owners on facebook or what? What good is that going to do?

Peter P   Thu, 3 Jan 2013, 10:30am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 3

How about personal trading markets? We use the market to help predict the next nutjob. Neighbors can tell on neighbors by trading in these markets. LE can monitor these markets to act early.

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