Rick Smith: August 20, 2019

A New Book “The End of Killing” Explores How Technology Can Help Solve Some of the World’s Greatest Problems 




Founder & CEO, Axon


The debate over guns has hit a stalemate. Every month brings a new shooting or controversy over an officer-involved shooting.  In fact, there have been 256 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2019 alone resulting in 1,057 people being shot and 283 dying.  We get angry at each other, shout at each other, and then everyone just moves on and pretends that nothing can be done. In a newly released book, The End of Killing, author Rick Smith attempts to illustrate something that can be done about one of the world’s greatest and longest-lasting problems. 


Rick is the CEO and founder of Axon, the global leader of connected technologies for public safety. He has devoted his career to understanding why and how we kill each other. In The End of Killing, he reviews the history of weaponry and warfare as well as the latest technologies in crowd control, surveillance, and artificial intelligence. He delves into the big questions about how technology is creating more tools for police, homeland security, and military, and offering more options for our personal safety and our justice system. He challenges the conventional wisdom on these subjects, showing how technologies that appear strange and scary at first can be the key to making the gun a relic of the past.


On Tuesday. August 20th, Rick will be available for interviews. He will share more details about his book and how technology can be used to change how we think about weapons and violence. 


For more information please visit: www.endofkilling.com




A pioneer of technology with the vision of making the bullet obsolete, Rick founded the original company, TASER, in 1993. As the TASER device became ubiquitous in law enforcement, Rick pushed the company beyond weapons technology and towards a broader purpose of matching technology to public safety needs in order to make the world a safer place. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a garage in Tucson to a NASDAQ-listed global market leader in conducted energy weapons, body-worn cameras and software. In 2017, TASER International officially changed its name to Axon Enterprise to better represent the entire network of devices, people and applications. Today, more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies in more than 100 countries are a part of the Axon network.


Rick graduated from Harvard with a B.S. in Neuroscience (Cum Laude) and later earned a Master’s in International Finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

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