While contact tracing apps have been criticized for their shortcomings in many areas, including privacy, this professor thinks the idea is the silver bullet that will end gun violence. Andrew Papachristos, a professor of sociology at The Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, says the contact tracing app model is effective for combating gun violence because shootings take place within networks of people.
"But our research over the last decade reveals that gun violence is much less random than it seems — even when it touches the youngest victims. Gun violence tends to concentrate and spread within social networks in much the same way as the public health epidemic of COVID."
The professor creates a pseudo-network of people affected by shootings in Chicago just because they were exposed to violence after a certain period. However, the only relationship the victims of gun violence have with each other is that they live in a liberal-controlled state or city. People living in such cities face violence daily.
"Two Father's Day victims [in Chicago] were part of a network with 20 other people who were victims of gunshot injuries prior to the weekend. In some of these instances, the time between the shootings was a matter of days."
Apart from Chicago, Papachristos identifies New York as the other city where crime has risen and where such relationships have been observed. The reality is that people living in any liberal gun-controlled city are sitting ducks for gun violence. We do not need a contact tracing app to determine that unarmed people living in crime-ridden liberal cities are at the highest risk of gun violence.
The liberal professor wants the authorities to profile the victims instead of the criminals.
"Similar to the idea of contact tracing, the victims in these chains of shootings can be traced person-by-person, victim-by-victim."
Instead of focusing on the victims and the time it will take before they are victimized again, we could focus on the criminals. We could trace their networks and patterns and the time before they strike again.
Another perfect idea of a contact tracing app is for repeat felons that the liberals put back on the streets. We could use the contact tracing model to predict how long it could take before they repeat the same crimes that put them in prison in the first place.
The contact tracing app model suggested by Papachristos is another method of punishing the victims, just like any other gun-control measure.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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