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SSN Spotlight: Texas Mass Shooting and Gun Control

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Why Mass Shootings Prompt Little Change in Public Opinion about Gun Control

Poll data do not bode well for the politics of gun control. The American public is deeply divided about the need to limit gun ownership. Yet a large majority of Americans still expressed support for efforts to strengthen the background check system, which was a centerpiece of efforts by Democrats to pass new legislation following the Sandy Hook massacre. 

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Guns in America, Part 1

In 2018, the debate about gun rights and gun control was front and center after a tragic school shooting in Florida. But this debate has been raging for a long time in the U.S. In this first part of our interview with Professor Robert Spitzer, he lays out the history of the gun rights and gun control movements and what might change in the coming years.

5 Experts Available for Analysis on Gun Control

Joseph Blocher

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Duke University

Blocher co-directs the Center for Firearms Law. He teaches and writes about constitutional law, especially the First and Second Amendments. He is co-author of The Positive Second Amendment: Rights, Regulation, and the Future of Heller (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

Kerri M. Raissian

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University of Connecticut

Raissian is the Director of ARMS, which is UConn's Center for Gun Injury Prevention, and she is also the co-director of UConn’s Gun Violence Prevention – Research Interest Group. Her gun injury prevention research focuses on how policy and non-policy interventions can make families and communities safer.

Daniel Semenza

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Rutgers University-Camden

Semenza's research focuses on gun violence, victimization, and the connections between criminal justice exposure and health. Overarching themes in Semenza's writings include the public health consequences of the criminal justice system, firearm availability, racial disparities in violence exposure and health, and the implications of firearm policy.

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Mary M. Ramos

Associate Professor
University of New Mexico-Main Campus
Children & Families | Public Health | Reproductive Health

Ramos' research focuses on school and adolescent health services. A particular focus is on addressing health equity disparities...

Rachel A. Sebastian

Sociologist
PIRE
Children & Families | Inequality | Public Health

Sebastian's research focuses on child and adolescent health and well-being. Overarching themes in Sebastian's writings include...

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