Abundance360 Member Moonshot Highlight
Rick Smith is the Founder and CEO of Axon, which makes the TASER.
Rick's journey began 3 decades ago in a garage, sparked by personal loss and a desire to address the issue of gun violence from a technological perspective. His inspiring resolve led him to our community at Abundance360, where we have been fortunate enough to witness his vision grow into an impactful Moonshot.
During his talk from the Abundance360 Summit stage, Rick shared his ambitious and tangible goal: to reduce gun-related deaths between the police and the public by 50% over the next 10 years. With gun-related deaths currently rising about 2% per year, Rick and his team have set their sights on a challenging but profoundly important objective.
Key to achieving this Moonshot is a three-pronged strategy combining innovative technology, advanced training, and data-driven outcomes. Rick introduced the TASER 10, a next-generation weapon designed to be as effective as a traditional handgun but without the lethal consequences. This groundbreaking tool utilizes an electric signal transmitted through small electrical connectors to incapacitate targets safely.
Moreover, Rick revealed ongoing efforts to integrate drones and robotics to address up to 72% of police shootings, working on ethical frameworks alongside technology development to ensure public acceptance and safety.
Rick's Moonshot vision has already rallied support from both sides of the political spectrum in the US, uniting the Fraternal Order of Police and the African-American Mayors Association towards the common goal of reducing police shootings.
At Abundance360, we are immensely proud of our members like Rick who leverage technology to address pressing societal issues.
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