Social violence is a problem which consistently ranks in the top concerns of American citizens and public policy-makers. However, the discourse on the subject is frequency dominated by emotion and pre-conceived notions of 'right' and 'wrong'. In this paper, a model is synthesized which seeks to create a framework by which policy and technology proposals can be evaluated with an ends oriented perspective. In short, if social violence is considered a disease, an understanding of the impact of the disease is necessary before curative measures can be effectively formulated. The second half of this paper focuses on practical application of this theory. The structure developed begs for bold social experimentation, one example of which AIR TASER, Incorporated is implementing in a strategy to provide private sector initiatives to augment governmental policies in attacking this social cancer. The purpose for this publication is to provide a framework which we have found helpful in guiding ethical and technological decisions in the hope that other private sector initiative scan use the same framework as a benchmark for products developed in this arena.
Rick Smith, Rick Smith,
"Reducing violence: an analytical and technical approach", Proc. SPIE 2934, Security Systems and Nonlethal Technologies for Law Enforcement, (29 January 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.265417; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.265417