Terror Strikes Toronto
On Sunday, July 22, 29-year-old Faisal Hussain, armed with a semiautomatic handgun, entered Danforth Avenue in Toronto's Greektown district and opened fire.
When the carnage was over, a 10-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman were dead, and 13 others were injured.
The third fatality, not counted among the casualties, was the gunman himself.
This shooting was unlike most of the shootings we hear about these days in that it did not take place in the United States, but in its northern neighbor, Canada, a nation with far stricter gun regulations and nothing approaching a Second Amendment to act as protection for the rights of gun owners.
The immediate response to this shooting was the same as it always is: a call for stricter gun laws.
But the obvious question arises: In a nation where only 3% of households contain handguns (compared to nearly 20% in the U.S.) and only 16% of households contain firearms of any sort (compared to around 40% in the U.S.), what could further gun control initiatives possibly accomplish to stop attacks such as these?
The answer, to anybody who has studied the question with any level of depth, is: probably nothing.
As the popular adage goes, take away all the legally owned guns, and the only guns will be left in the hands of criminals.
This has proven true time and time again, even in countries where gun control has tightened the noose as far as it will go.
Gun Control Laws Only Control Public Outcry
Despite any efforts to completely clean the streets of firearm presence, there will always remain the potential for a terrorist attack such as this (ISIS has already claimed responsibility, even though the claim has yet to be independently confirmed).
So what do we do? What can we do to make the threat of mass violence in public places a thing of the past?
The problem with this question is that any of the legislative answers fail to take into account one of the most important factor that goes into planning terrorist attacks: terrorists, aside from being psychotic, are also notoriously inventive.
Two prime examples of this inventiveness come from the Boston Marathon bombing of 2013, when the attackers used small improvised explosive devices constructed of common household items, and the much more destructive attack in Oklahoma City in 1995, where a massive explosive concealed within a box truck destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, killing 168 people in the process.
The latter event was the worst terrorist attack in American history up until the 9/11 attacks six years later and is still to this day the worst-ever terrorist attack by perpetrated by an American.
The key ingredient in both attacks was ammonium nitrate, a common fertilizer and a crucial component in legal, unregulated household items such as cold packs for the treatment of athletic injuries.
Needless to say, no amount of gun control could have stopped these attacks from taking place... and yet they did take place, with horrible effect.
So what do we do? Are we doomed to live with the threat of mass violence, no matter where we are, no matter how far we're willing to let the laws regulate our rights?
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The answer is no. We are not.
Much to the chagrin of gun grabbers, the solution to this is not found in new regulations.
It's found in technology — a technology that weeds out dangerous materials as they approach the location where they can be used to cause harm.
It would have to be a cutting-edge scanning technology, powered by artificial intelligence, with algorithms so refined that it doesn't just tell the difference between metal and non-metal or a gun from a pocketful of quarters, but can actually tell apart different gun types, right down to the brand and caliber.
It would also have to work on non-metals, with the capability to pick out explosives and even neurotoxins and other weaponized chemicals.
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And it would do all of this from a distance, allowing it to scan entire areas in the blink of an eye, without the subjects in the scanning zone even being aware that they've just walked through the world's most effective weapons detector.
Just imagine walking through airport security without having to stand in line, go through a body scanner, or place your belongings on a conveyor.
With these systems in place, going from terminal to gate would consist of nothing more than strolling through a wide, low-traffic, unremarkable walkway.
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These devices, each about the size of a textbook, can be buried in walls, ceilings, floors, or installed in moving vehicles like buses and cabs.
They can be put into use outdoors, creating safe zones that were simply inconceivable in the past.
As you may have surmised by now, this technology isn't some abstract concept or idea just entering the research and development phase.
The company behind it already has FCC approval to start installing these devices en masse in the United States and Canada.
Just last month, it announced two major testing facilities — an American high school and university — where the devices will be put through their paces in real-life environments, all designed to refine the algorithms and make the systems even more effective.
There really is no way to overstate just how important this technology is and how big of an impact it could have on the world of tomorrow.
We could be safer, more secure, and not have to give up any constitutionally protected rights.
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