Teen works to inspire action to reduce gun violence

Teen works to inspire action to reduce gun violence

Over the weekend of August 7, there were mass shootings across the U.S. Ten people were injured in a mass shooting in New York City, five people were killed and more than 40 were hurt in Chicago, and five people were hurt in a mass shooting in New Orleans. It follows a concerning trend of gun violence in the U.S. Now, a 17-year-old boy is taking the issue head-on, as he tries to inspire action among his peers. “It’s a threat on all of our lives. You don’t know when it’s going to happen. It’s very unpredictable, which makes it so scary,” said Amogh Palasamudram, a rising high school who lives in San Jose, California. Palasamudram has spent an equal portion of his life living in India and California. It has given him a unique perspective on gun violence as both an insider and an outsider. “There’s a lack of solutions,” he said. “There are people with different ideas, who are able to convey their ideas, but they just tell us how they feel, but they don’t tell us how we can go from here.” Following the Las Vegas massacre in October 2017 and the Marjory Stoneman Douglas school shooting four months later, Palasamudram sat down to design something that would marry his passions for computer engineering and change. He has developed a device that attaches to the barrel of a gun and uses artificial intelligence to scan the environment and detect threats. If the battery-powered device detects a […]

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