While the president did not specify what those “tools” might look like, Trump seemed to be suggesting that companies could use predictive software to single out potential shooters based on their activity on a platform. Crucially, this would mean taking action before a person commits violent crimes. Data-mining tools are in wide use, but creating a detection system for violence would inevitably raise a host of privacy and accountability issues.Trump, who suggested on Twitter earlier in the morning that the news media “contributed greatly to the anger and rage” in the United States, also used his time at the podium to condemn “gruesome and grizzly video games that are now commonplace,” saying they create a culture that “celebrates violence.”
Trump’s speech, however, largely skirted the question of gun control legislation. On Twitter today, the president also called for bipartisan work on “strong background checks” but suggested tying it to changes in immigration law.