Let’s think outside the box and put the contentious gun debate aside so we can actually find a solution to the tragic slaughter of our children in and out of schools that are supposed to be a sanctuary for them. I delved into that in more detail and would love to hear your thoughts as well.
In response to the tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut last week, Upstart Business Journal asks a thought provoking question in a new article on their website
Can entrepreneurs find solutions to prevent another senseless massacre?
Rather than a fruitless debate in washington and endless gridlock as to whether we should ban guns or allow teachers/administrators to carry them in school for protection or even both, why not think outside the box and keep the politically charged gun debate out of the discussion all together.
That way we might actually make some progress toward a viable solution, rather than just a bunch of political sound bites that lead to nowhere.
Entrepreneurs, Solopreneurs and Small Business Owners are smart people and know how to actually solve real problems. Maybe some of them will take the initiative and think outside the box and can actually come up with some solutions to the problems that washington is unwilling to tackle (other than on the news), because of the special interest groups that buy their seats in office and re-elections.
The article starts off with the premise that
… we believe in the power of entrepreneurs to identify problems and then find free-market solutions to them. We want to know what kind of business solutions you would come up with to try and prevent another mass shooting.
With the total inability of washington politicians to make tough choices and decisions on any substantive issues, they just bicker and then kick the can down the road for 6 months or a year for someone else to deal with, why not eliminate the politicians from the discussion altogether and fix the issues of safety in our schools without them.
The article Upstart Business Journal looks into 4 areas where there might be some development of a new technology or an invention or even new processes that will limit or eliminate another tragedy from taking our innocents again, and it poses some interesting questions in each of the areas that may start one of those smart Entrepreneurs down the road to a real solution.
As the parent of an elementary school child myself, I definitely see the status quo as broken and in need of a serious overhaul. Maybe one or more of these ideas or others that Entrepreneurs are able to come up with will make our schools a safer place and the safe sanctuary for kids that they should be.
Guns and Ammunition
Is there a way to make guns “smarter” to stop them from shooting innocents? Are there new training methods that can be developed?
Police can’t be everywhere and parents have been reticent to have armed guards at schools. So, is there another option? Is there a new type of private security business to be developed?
At Sandy Hook Elementary School, (the shooter – I’m not going to dignify him by using his name) entered the school by first shooting out a window. And he got into classrooms that no one thought to keep locked. What products could be developed to address both of these things without also making a school seem as fortified as a prison?
Are there new curricula to be developed to spot problem adolescents and hopefully help get them on a better path?
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Also, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the issue in a comment below.
You can read the full article from Upstart Business Journal here http://upstart.bizjournals.com/news/wire/2012/12/17/entrepreneur-ideas-to-prevent-tragedy.html?ana=e_ubj
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