Re­duce the pos­si­bil­ity

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Mass shoot­ings are trig­gered by a com­plex set of fac­tors, so let’s start by dis­pens­ing with the overly sim­plis­tic stereo­typ­ing, name-call­ing and finger-point­ing our cur­rent crop of po­lit­i­cal lead­ers (and oc­ca­sional oped writ­ers) de­light in.

Even with Twit­ter dou­bling the num­ber of char­ac­ters al­lowed, find­ing a so­lu­tion to this trou­bling prob­lem will take more than a tweet or two. We need to put per­sonal opin­ions and par­ti­san pol­i­tics aside to find re­al­is­tic ways to re­duce the abil­ity of any one per­son to stock­pile and mod­ify weapons to in­crease po­ten­tial “kills,” es­pe­cially since this be­hav­ior is of­ten the only out­ward sign of po­ten­tially deadly emo­tional dis­tur­bance.

One pos­si­bil­ity is us­ing a tech­nique that is al­ready used on the In­ter­net: track­ing Web searches and on­line pur­chases. This is a com­mon prac­tice among pri­vate com­pa­nies and search en­gines—just think of all

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