Hedge Fund Billionaire Takes On The Strangely Thorny Issue Of Gun Data

Hedge Fund Billionaire Takes On The Strangely Thorny Issue Of Gun Data

Gun Rights

The ripple effect of the Parkland shooting and students’ activism continues to roll across the policy landscape. One small, but potentially significant initiative: The Laura and John Arnold Foundation is piecing together a coalition of private funders to devote $50 million to research on gun violence as a public safety issue. To oversee the project, the foundation picked the RAND Foundation, which has its own Gun Policy in America initiative. John Arnold is a former energy trader who worked at Enron and later founded his own firm His fortune is estimated at $3.3 billion. After he retired at 38, he and his wife have made science one of their primary causes . The Foundation hopes to work across political divides to produce a body of evidence that both sides will trust. “We are about evidence, where the truth takes us,” said Jeremy Travis, senior vice president of Criminal Justice. “We’re not on one side or another of the gun debates that are really dividing the country. We are interested in testing ideas and finding out what works.” “(There’s a) tendency in the gun violence issue that’s the most troubling,” said Travis. “Evidence is seen of value only if it supports a position. Every once in a while, you want to be surprised.” Travis said the foundation had reached out to people in the gun control groups, including Everytown, Brady and Gifford, and to the NRA. Research topics will be determined by an advisory board, he said. MORE FROM FORBES […]

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