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  • Nearly every day, there is a shooting in America.

  • But rarely do we consider the impact a shooting has

  • on our elected officials.

  • "I'm more than happy to talk about this in a few days.

  • Right now is not the time."

  • There's a time and place for a political debate.”

  • But it's a little bit soon to go into it.”

  • This is not the time to jump to some conclusion.”

  • This is not the time to have the discussion.”

  • Today is not the day.”

  • Introducing Aftershot, the only app

  • that helps a bunch of [expletive] figure out

  • when to talk about gun reform.

  • When developing Aftershot, we learned that most politicians

  • actually voted against the C.D.C. researching

  • the scale and scope of our country's gun crisis.

  • Many see that as politicians just not caring about it.

  • But, surely, they care about innocent people being

  • senselessly gunned down.

  • They're just confused.

  • That's why we made Aftershot.

  • We've invested hundreds of thousands

  • of hours feeding mountains of statistical data

  • through a complex mathematical equation that

  • creates an algorithm that takes

  • mere seconds to pinpoint the exact right time to talk

  • about gun reform.

  • Let's say you're a governor, and it's

  • the day after a mass shooting in your state.

  • For some reason, you're still confused

  • when to talk about gun reform, even though 52 percent of Americans

  • want stricter gun laws.

  • That's the perfect time to open up the app.

  • You enter some simple metadata,

  • such as time of shooting, weapon used,

  • and our algorithm does the rest.

  • The equation is simple.

  • There's a shooting every four hours,

  • plus 44 percent of Americans know somebody who's been shot,

  • plus the number of gun deaths in 2018 so far, which

  • is 11,054 people, plus there are

  • 270 million guns in the U.S., plus the annual cost

  • of gun violence in the U.S., which is $229 billion.

  • Aftershot crunches all that data

  • to determine, with absolute certainty, the correct time

  • for lawmakers to talk about gun reform.

  • [beeping]

  • And, remarkably, it always says now.

  • [beeping]

  • Oh, I love the app.

  • And it's so easy to use.

  • As a member of Congress who receives a ton of money

  • from the N.R.A., I find it so frustrating

  • not to be able to use my N.R.A. log-in with other apps.

  • But Aftershot is synced with my N.R.A. profile,

  • so logging in is super simple.

  • Oh, I absolutely love Aftershot's social media

  • functions.

  • After a mass shooting, I tend to go on Twitter

  • and offer up some innocuous platitude to the victims.

  • But, now, with Aftershot's autocorrect feature,

  • I can no longer do that, which is good, I think.”

  • I have a deep distrust for science stuff and technology,

  • which is why I love Aftershot's 24/7 customer

  • support hotline.

  • There's an Aftershot troubleshooter there

  • always to interpret their notifications, which

  • are frequent, because there are a lot of shootings.

  • To all the politicians who might

  • be confused by or scared of having

  • a conversation about gun reform, we're here to help.

  • With our game-changing technology,

  • you will never again have to utter the phrase,

  • "Now is not the right time."

  • And to all the people in America,

  • if your local representatives are

  • struggling to have a conversation about gun

  • reform, help them out.

  • Encourage them to download Aftershot.

  • Or you could just vote us out of office.

  • You don't need an app for that.

  • [music]

Nearly every day, there is a shooting in America.

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    Liang Chen posted on 2019/02/27
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