The recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, have prompted questions from business and law enforcement experts in Dane County and around the state about whether technology can help curb future massacres.

It’s possible that rapid response tech can assist in protecting schools, public buildings and workplaces from active shooters, according to a panel of experts the Wisconsin Technology Council hosted as part of a Tuesday luncheon event. But tech makes up only a small part of a larger answer when it comes to mitigating and preventing the frequency of mass shootings in the U.S., the panel and one UW-Madison professor said.

The panel discussion comes as a June 22 New York Times report said that the U.S. saw 433 active shooter attacks — in which one or more active shooters killed or attempted to kill several people in a populated place — from 2000 to 2021.

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