We Need to Escape This Living Hell

Written by Jason Simpkins
Posted June 3, 2022

One week isn’t enough time to get over a mass shooting — especially one like the heartless masacre that savaged Uvalde, Texas, on May 24.

See, when it first occurred, I couldn’t even really begin to grapple with it. I couldn’t think about it or talk about it.

It took time for all that grief and pain to set in. And then I spent most of this week writing my way through the depression, trying to figure out what to say to readers. 

Do I just talk about stocks like nothing else is happening? Do I try to set aside this rage and take an aloof, analytical approach?

It’s been tough to figure out. 

And then, just when I was about ready to try and get back down to business, I woke up this morning to news of another mass shooting.

This time, on Wednesday, some psycho shot up a hospital in Tulsa and killed four people. 

Add in the shooting that killed 10 people in a Buffalo supermarket on May 14, and we’ve had three mass shootings in as many weeks

It’s going to be a really long summer if this persists. A long year, in fact, if any of us are still alive to talk about it by 2023.

So… 

Are we going to do something about it?

And if so, is that action going to be meaningful?

Because, to be honest, the sheer stupidity of the “solutions” I’ve heard proposed in the wake of these tragedies has really compounded my frustration and hopelessness.

After Uvalde, one guy said we should just have a single door that goes in and out of schools, creating a massive bottleneck for teachers and students to negotiate. 

What an awesome idea that definitely won’t cause any problems when people try to flee from the next school shooter. 

Other genius ideas include arming teachers.

I don’t know about you guys, but I remember my teachers and there aren’t many that I would have trusted with a firearm around kids. 

Meanwhile, the teachers I did trust would never have wanted that burden. 

These are people — real people with real names — like Mrs. McLaughlin, Miss Connelly, Mr. Klawinski, Mr. Moderski, and Dr. Elmore. They were educators in their 50s and 60s, who dedicated their lives to teaching students, not eliminating them.

Even if they did want to, they were hardly a handgun away from being John Wick. They, like most teachers in this country, lacked both the capability and the desire to be sharpshooters. 

And, truly, given their meager pay and all the flak they already have to take from parents and their kids, it’s offensive that we’d even suggest that they double as a security force for our nation’s youth.

The fact that they’re already acting as human shields for our kids is messed up enough, thank you very much.

Maybe we have armed professionals then…

Problem there is that there simply aren’t enough. There are too many schools to guard. And beyond that, too many churches, supermarkets, hospitals, clinics, daycare centers, bus stops, subway stations…

Heck, several of the places victimized by mass shootings even had guards in place and they still failed to stop carnage.

Among the innocent slaughtered in Buffalo was an armed security guard.

An armed security guard at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School did absolutely nothing to end the 2017 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida that killed 17 people.

And over the past week we even learned that the well-armed Uvalde police force that arrived on the scene sat around detaining parents for nearly an hour while the shooter rampaged inside.

That’s not a very compelling case for the “good guys with guns” crowd.

I’ve also heard that this is really a mental health problem. Maybe that’s what we should address.

I say go for it. 

I really do believe we’ve got a mental health problem in this country. I know I’ve had a serious case of the sadsies these past few weeks — given all the killing and all.

I’d love to see more resources directed toward mental health. 

But like all these other ideas, this one isn’t happening, either.

Texas is a great example of that. 

The nonprofit Mental Health America ranks Texas last in the country when it comes to access to mental health care. 

One reason for that is because Texas refuses to expand Medicaid, which is our country’s single largest payer for mental health services.

It’s not alone in that capacity, either, as the Lone Star State is one of a dozen that refuses to expand healthcare access — even though the federal government has offered billions of dollars in incentives to pay for it.

To be clear, this is an ideological choice — not a fiscal one. 

That was especially obvious when Texas Governor Greg Abbott diverted $211 million away from the state’s Health and Human Services Commission — which oversees mental health programs — and into an effort to deploy the National Guard to the Mexican border.

Indeed, the lack of mental health funding in this country is the result of a coordinated and calculated policy. 

And that’s not going to change any faster than the gun laws that are dictated by the same political calculations. 

That’s why we are where we are.

So what’s the answer, then?

Well, I’ll tell you mine. 

For me, it’s technology.

In both of my trading services — Wall Street’s Proving Ground and Secret Stock Files — I’ve recommended companies that could help address this issue with cutting-edge technology.

One company makes software that runs digital advertisements. But in addition to displaying digital ads, it also uses AI and facial recognition technology that can identify known criminals or terrorists.

More importantly, though, it can also identify weapons and even alert the necessary authorities without a human operator.

It has 500 types of weapons in its database. It can tell if you’re carrying a gun, knife, or even a bomb. As such, it can thwart a terrorist attack before it even begins.

The technology has already been tapped to provide security solutions at high-profile events like the Super Bowl, Rose Bowl, concerts, billion-dollar boat shows, and Silicon Valley technology conferences.

And no one even knew it.

The second company, which I made the focus of my latest Secret Stock Files webisode, makes advanced weapons detectors capable of catching traditional weapons like guns and bombs, as well as plastic and 3D-printed guns, powdered explosives, ceramic knives, and more.

I think this technology could be more likely to proliferate because it doesn’t bring the same hang-ups that arise with facial recognition.

These are the kinds of solutions that I think will end up being deployed. Or at least, I hope they will.

They’re practical and implementable in a way other solutions (like arming teachers and having one door) are not. They also skirt neatly around the second amendment debate, which is an absolute quagmire.

These are also companies I’m proud to have a relationship with. 

No doubt, in my line of work a lot of the technology I interact with is designed to be lethal.

But these two companies are out here trying to save lives, and that makes them easy to get behind. 

I genuinely hope they’re able to make a difference, and not just because I want them to make money for subscribers. 

Rather because I’m sick and tired of writing articles like this one. 

We can’t go on like this.

Fight on,

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Jason Simpkins is Assistant Managing Editor of the Outsider Club and Investment Director of Wall Street's Proving Ground, a financial advisory focused on security companies and defense contractors. For more on Jason, check out his editor's page. 

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