Dear Representatives ,
Please feel free to share this with any of your colleagues on the fence about this bill.
Yes we should have a report, we should have real time data . How has this not been done previously! In the corporate world any major catastrophe would be responded to with high paid consultants and an action plan, and plenty of money spent on marketing and brand image.
An annual report of school shootings means data. Data changes minds. There was a backyard shooting in California yesterday, several members died when someone snuck in their yard and destroyed the lives of everyone in attendance. It didn’t even make the front page. The country is numb.
Data does not lie if it’s presented without bias, and data does not speak from emotion, data is fact.
I would hope and pray the definition of a school shooting is when any number of bullets is fired off regardless if it hits someone. Attempted shootings are still shootings., just separate out the data.
While your at it how about the data behind police responses and lives saved. It may be helpful for police to coordinate and understand that data. How about cases of PTSD, drug use, withdrawal, and depression from those affected. What about the cases of copycats, or protests, school reaction and counseling services offered.
The data will only be as good as the law that defines the terms. The fact that this hasn’t been done is ABSURD! Make a damned account on github and have the schools and police update the data and crowdsource the results. It’s time to make technology work for us here. Or if your worried about security then put it on a government server and regulate the access, but for the love of all those children and families left with the scars just do something.
As far as the cost,which isn’t much, this seems like a fine project for colleges in the analytics, security, and psychology fields. First hand analysis brings about ideas, the data is analyzed from different viewpoints, life experiences, and professional knowledge. It’s the young in our country that I hope will get us out of this mess, broker it out to them because if your just getting to data analysis now it’s time for you all to move over.
The McDonalds shooting happened when I was a kid. I had nightmares for years and it was just on tv. I’m 47 now, and it’s still happening. F-