Newtown Parents Ask Tech Community to Focus on Gun Control
March 15, 2013
Parents of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting victims are asking the leaders of Silicon Valley to find tech related solutions to end gun related violence.
Members of Sandy Hook Promise—a nonprofit organization created by members of the Newtown community to support families affected by the massacre with the goal of preventing further gun related violence—believe the answer to this country’s gun violence epidemic lies in technology.
"I'm hoping a year from now that the tech community has invested $15 million in brand-new startups that are innovating in gun violence reduction, mental health and school safety," said Ron Conway, special adviser to the San Francisco-based SV Angel investment firm and now founder of the Sandy Hook Promise Innovation Initiative in a press conference.
One such innovation is the development of smart-gun technology. Through the use of fingerprints or radio-frequency identification tags, these firearms can only be fired by the gun’s rightful owner.
But some people have other ideas.
Activist filmmaker Michael Moore wrote in his blog Wednesday that the only way Americans will take action against the gun violence is for the public to be shocked — and he believes that releasing crime scene photos from the Newtown shooting is just the shock the public needs.
“And when the American people see what bullets from an assault rifle fired at close range do to a little child's body, that's the day the jig will be up for the NRA,” wrote Moore in his controversial post. “It will be the day the debate on gun control will come to an end. There will be nothing left to argue over. It will just be over. And every sane American will demand action.”
With over 180 comments and counting, it seems as though Moore’s post has released a flood of criticism. But how have the parents of the Newtown victims and the rest of the community responded to Moore’s idea? A resounding “back off.”
“For the families and the community, we just want to get back to a normal life and that would be a horrendous offense to the families,” said Dorrie Carolan of Newtown to FoxNews.com. “There’s no need for any of that.”