President Trump vows to take action on mass shootings with predictive ‘tools’

After a series of deadly mass shootings rocked the nation over the weekend, the President has been compelled to take dramatic action.

In El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, the sanctity of the weekend was wholly shattered by two unrelated madmen who opened fire on their fellow human beings.  When it was over, carnage.  Dozens of people dead.  Hundreds of lives now in mourning.

These tragedies were, once again, perpetrated by individuals for whom there were warning signs of possible mental instability.  Now, the President is hoping to explore that particular avenue of prevention, and is instructing the government to get involved.

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President Trump called for Red Flag laws Monday morning during remarks on the Texas and Ohio shootings.

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Trump said, “I am directing the Department of Justice to work in partnership with local, state, and federal agencies–as well as social media companies–to develop tools that can detect mass shooters before they strike.” He then referenced the February 14, 2018, Parkland shooter, noting he had sent up many red flags with his behavior prior to the shooting, but no one took action to stop him.

Trump voiced support for “Red Flag laws, also known as Extreme Risk Protection Orders.” He explained, “We must make sure that those judged to pose a grave risk to public safety do not have access to firearms and that, if they do, those firearms can be taken through rapid due process.”

Freedom advocates will likely take issue with the idea of social media companies getting involved in predictive algorithms – especially if the consequences of this A.I. could place you under legal surveillance.


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