A new mobile phone app to be released in the US today is designed to ease concerns about mass shootings such as the latest rampage by a lone gunman in El Paso, Texas, that has so far claimed 15 lives.
The new app, called INS, has been applauded by the politically powerful National Rifle Association.
Alabama-based software development firm Second Amendment Inc, which has produced the app, said it would enable anyone who downloaded it to respond quickly to a mass shooting incident.
The firm’s CEO Clint Face (pictured) said mass shootings were now a common and accepted feature of daily life in the USA and the INS app had been designed with that in mind.
“The INS name, which stands for I’m Not Shot, says it all,” Mr Face said.
“If a shooting happens and people in any town or city in any state across America hear about it, they can quickly use their cell phone and use the app to tell family and friends through all their social media accounts that ‘I’m Not Shot’.
“Those who receive the message will know quickly that their loved one is not in danger and they can get on with their lives and not worry about trivia like like mass murder or gun laws.”
Spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, Annette Oak-Lee, said the INS app was a welcome development.
“By having access to this app all Americans can get an idea very quickly about just how many people are not killed or injured in any mass shooting,” Ms Oak-Lee said.
“We too often focus on the ‘glass half-empty’ rather than the ‘glass half-full’, or maybe that should be vice versa?
“Anyway, my point is that mass shootings scare too many Americans for no good reason.
“Sure 15 people are dead in El Paso, but 330 million odd other Americans were not shot and are still alive and well.
“The INS app will help underline that fact and hopefully help put an end to the ridiculous and unnecessary campaign to change US gun laws and trample all over the Constitutional right of all US citizens to bear arms, no matter how mentally unstable or disturbed.”
The INS app’s developer Second Amendment Inc is the same firm that last year released its T&P app (pictured) that enables anyone with a mobile device to convey publicly their generic “thoughts and prayers” for victims and their families in the wake of any mass shooting.