How Mark Zuckerberg could prevent gun violence

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  • Sreedhar Potarazu: Facebook founder and other leaders should push for ways to use data to prevent violence and terrorism
  • Potarazu says privacy questions and constitutional issues can be overcome

Sreedhar Potarazu, an ophthalmologist and entrepreneur, is the founder of Enziime, a software company focused on providing data science applications to assess health care delivery. He is the author of "Get Off the Dime: The Secret of Changing Who Pays for Your Health Care." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.

(CNN)On the day after Thanksgiving, a gunman walked into a Planned Parenthood building in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and opened fire, killing three people and wounding nine. Five days later, a married couple in San Bernardino, California, left their 6-month-old baby with the husband's mother, armed themselves to the teeth, drove to a county building and opened fire, killing 14 and wounding 21.

In the days between those mass killings, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, became the parents of a baby they named