DONALD Trump’s government is planning to battle mass shootings which suggests phones and smartwatches could track mentally ill people.
The idea was dreamed up by a team tasked by the President’s daughter Invanka to stop the epidemic of gun massacres.
Bob Wright, a former NBC chairman and longtime Trump aide, is the leading force behind the idea which is part of a number of plans to use technology to stop shocking killings.
He has formed Health Advanced Research Projects Agency (HARPA), to tackle such problems.
Following the El Paso massacre, Ivanka Trump asked the agency to come up with a number of proposals to stop the bloodbath, according to The Washington Post.
Mr Wright’s team have produced a three-page document called “Stopping Aberrant Fatal Events by Helping Overcome Mental Extremes”.
This links mass shootings to mental health rather than lax gun laws by the standards of the Western World.
The document also urges the government to explore whether technology could detect when people with mental health difficulties are about to become violent.
But the ideas have been slammed as infringing their civil liberties.
Marisa Randazzo, former chief research psychologist for the US Secret Service, told The Washington Post the initial premise was itself flawed.
She said: “Everything we know from research tells us it’s a weak link at best.”
The latest shooting spree in El Paso massacre on August 3 where 22 were killed was carried out by a man with racist motivations.
Hours later an extreme left shooter shot dead 20 people in Dayton, Ohio.
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But conservatives in the US who are keen to keep easy access to weapons claim mental health problems was to blame.
Following the El Paso and Ohio mass shootings, Trump said: “I don’t want people to forget that this is a mental health problem.
“I don’t want them to forget that, because it is. It’s a mental health problem.
“It’s the people that pull the trigger, it’s not the gun that pulls the trigger.”
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