Gun Violence Misinformation Panel Speaks to Creating Informed Policy Debate

Gun Violence Misinformation Panel Speaks to Creating Informed Policy Debate

The panel, titled Misinformation: Creating a Misfire for American Gun Policy, convened an interdisciplinary group of experts to weigh in on how misinformation shapes gun policy debates and how to combat it. Left to Right: Kerri Raissian, Lisa Singh, Amanda Crawford, Jeremy Stein, and David Pucino speak at a Gun Violence Misinformation Panel at the Hartford Times Building on April 5, 2022. (Contributed Photo) The Gun Violence Prevention – Research Interest Group , a part of the UConn ARMS Center (Advancing Research, Methods, and Scholarship for Gun Injury Prevention), recently hosted a panel on gun violence and policy misinformation at the UConn Hartford Campus. ARMS is housed within the Institute of Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) and is affiliated with the School of Public Policy. Kerri Raissian, UConn associate professor of public policy and ARMS director, moderated the panel which included Amanda J Crawford, UConn assistant professor of journalism; Jeremy Stein, executive director of CT Against Gun Violence (CAGV); David Pucino, deputy chief counsel at Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence; and Lisa Singh, professor of computer science and a research professor in the Massive Data Institute (MDI) at Georgetown University. The goal of the public panel was to demonstrate that misinformation is present in America’s gun policy debates and to facilitate conversation about how misinformation shapes our country’s policy debates and outcomes. “We see misinformation as a critical barrier to effective and informed policy,” Raissian says. “It’s hard to do anything well from a place […]

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