What is the “moonshot” goal and the movement behind it?
Axon is convening a diverse coalition of individuals and entities with the drive and ability to help cut gun-related deaths between police and the public in half by 2033.
We encourage anyone with relevant insight, expertise and influence to join the movement, including leaders in the law enforcement profession; tacticians and trainers, community members, leaders and organizations; elected officials; and other partners and organizations.
How can supporters get involved and make an impact?
Through a shared commitment to research, dialogue, innovation and implementation, we believe we can all develop realistic, evidence-based, equitable solutions to cut gun-related deaths between police and the public — and ultimately become greater than the sum of our parts to achieve the moonshot goal.
We don't yet have all the final answers or actions, so to kick off this mission, Axon will convene a series of research-guided roundtables to facilitate open discussions, perspective-sharing and ideation. From there, we'll share and amplify the resulting ideas in a way that meaningfully adds to the public discourse on these issues, and ultimately brings about tangible solutions that can be measured and published.
Those interested in joining the movement by hosting roundtables, sharing ideas, or contributing in other ways we haven’t yet imagined can visit thisisourmoonshot.com or email email@example.com.
How will progress be measured and tracked?
Axon has enlisted the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR), a private nonprofit research organization, to track gun-related deaths between police and the public in the U.S. This includes all jurisdictions and all shooting deaths involving an officer(s) and civilian(s) in the U.S. IIR will release quarterly and annual reports, which we will use to measure progress. Axon will fund the research.
We will use 2022 as a baseline number; we plan to release the baseline number no later than May 2023 and track progress starting Jan. 1, 2023 until Dec. 31, 2032.
Why is Axon well positioned to organize supporters around this goal?
This is a complex issue with many facets that will require commitment, change and solutions from all angles. We believe Axon is uniquely situated to drive improvement through our product ecosystem of TASER energy weapons, body cameras and VR training and software. And we remain committed to investing in better technology, training and data for public safety. Axon was founded in 1993 with a vision to obsolete the bullet and a mission to Protect Life. Since then, we have strived to break the historical link between injuries and weapons by emphasizing less-harmful and less-lethal product development. It is estimated that TASER energy weapons alone have saved more than 270,000 lives from potential death or serious bodily injury to date.