Piers Fawkes: Could Data Kill Gun Ownership?
Banning guns is too difficult to achieve. Let's create radical transparency for the ownership of deadly weapons.
As it is unlikely that any US government will overturn a misleading piece of ancient legislation on the ownership of guns, how could we create a solution that leverages social media and the internet to create hyper awareness about who owns weapons of extreme violence?
Today, someone’s ownership of a gun remains a secret to the rest of us – but records are kept by state officials and there are membership lists of organizations like the National Rifle Association and other gun clubs. Instead of trying the lengthy route of banning guns, why don’t we take the simple and swift step and gather all ownership data then allow it to be freely available? Like home purchasing data, the ownership and purchase of a gun should be filed on a query-able central database that could be accessed by the makers of mobile apps and web services.