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Kamala Harris Talks Gun Violence Amid Record Homicides

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The escalating tide of gun violence in the US is sounding alarm bells, igniting a broader conversation on the preparedness and agility of law enforcement agencies.

During the United States Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington last week, Vice President Kamala Harris spoke with Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas regarding initiatives to combat gun violence.1 The roundtable discussion comes just weeks after Kansas City recorded its deadliest year in history in 2023.2

In Kansas City, there were a record 185 homicides in 2023. During that same period, the nation witnessed an unprecedented surge in mass shootings, totaling 656 incidents.

During the conversation, Mayor Lucas and Vice President Harris recently highlighted the efforts of the Biden administration's White House Office of Gun Violence Prevention. The office plays a crucial role in helping states access funds from the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, a significant piece of gun safety legislation passed by Congress in 2022 in the wake of two tragic mass shootings.

The first of these shootings occurred at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers tragically lost their lives. The second was in Buffalo, New York, where a racially motivated attack by a white supremacist in a predominantly Black neighborhood resulted in the deaths of 10 Black individuals at a local grocery store.3

According to a new report from the US Justice Department, the Uvalde school massacre could have been resolved much sooner.4

Law enforcement missed multiple chances to reassess and stop the shooting sooner, taking 77 minutes to resolve. The report blames leadership failures among officers and identifies post-shooting issues. US Attorney General Merrick Garland admits the response was a failure, citing the potential for lives to be saved with a more timely intervention. Families of victims seek accountability and advocate for sensible gun laws.

Revolutionizing Gunshot Detection System for Enhanced Safety

In the aftermath of tragic incidents like these, the importance of advanced security measures becomes even more evident, highlighting companies like Knightscope, Inc. (NASDAQ:KSCP), which is building advanced public safety technology to protect Americans where they live, work, study and visit.

Knightscope recently announced the launch of its Automated Gunshot Detection (AGD) system, which offers rapid, precise localization of gunshots, significantly speeding up police and security response to active shooter situations.

Recognized for its ability to mitigate active-shooter events, reduce false alarms, and enhance overall security, AGD delivers notifications in under 2 seconds with a multi-sensor system that minimizes false positives.

The AGD systems, designed for both indoor and outdoor environments, are available as stand-alone sensors that can be easily mounted to existing structures or with the optional pole-mounting kit and solar power for increased installation flexibility. Knightscope clients will soon have the option to include AGD with new K1 Blue Light Tower orders or upgrade the existing 7,000 devices deployed nationwide.

The AGD system isnt the only solution Knightscope (NASDAQ:KSCP) has developed to enhance safety in the US. The company builds fully autonomous security robots (ASRs) and blue light emergency communications systems that are being deployed across the country at hospitals, schools, stadiums, malls, casinos, entertainment venues and public spaces.

Earlier this month, Knightscope received its Authority to Operate (ATO) from FedRAMP. Knightscope is sponsored by and under contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This program sets a standard for checking and approving the security of cloud products and services across the government.

This approval gives Knightscope the ability to provide approved security services to federal agencies and begin deployment on the contract awarded by the VA for its first K5 ASR.

For further information on Knightscope's innovative solutions and projects, please visit Knightscope's website (NASDAQ:KSCP).

Footnotes:

[1] https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house/2803859/kamala-harris-speaks-about-guns-us-conference-of-mayors/

[2] https://www.kshb.com/news/crime/fatal-shooting-in-northeast-kcmo-friday-night-makes-2023-the-citys-deadliest-year-on-record

[3] https://www.cnn.com/2024/01/18/us/attorney-general-garland-uvalde-victims-thursday/index.html

[4] https://www.cnn.com/2024/01/18/us/attorney-general-garland-uvalde-victims-thursday/index.html

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