UConn Team Developing Harms-Benefits Analysis for Firearms Policy

UConn Team Developing Harms-Benefits Analysis for Firearms Policy

UConn researchers are working to better understand the harms and benefits firearm policies have for gun owners, to help protect gun owners’ rights while promoting public safety (Pixabay) Firearm policy is one of the most contentious political issues in the United States. With about 121 firearms in circulation for every 100 persons in America, the US faces a challenge in simultaneously protecting the Constitutional right to firearm ownership while promoting gun safety for gun owners and non-owner alike. A group of UConn researchers are collaborating with Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Prevention and Research to conduct a comprehensive survey on the harms and benefits of firearm polices for gun owners. They argue that understanding these harms and benefits is a critical step in protecting rights and promoting safety. Mitchell Doucette, an assistant scientist at Johns Hopkins University, is the principal investigator. The UConn team includes associate professor Kerri Raissian and associate professor-in-residence Jennifer Necci Dineen in the Department of Public Policy, and Damion Grasso, associate professor of psychiatry and pediatrics in the UConn School of Medicine. This research is funded by a $228,000 grant from the National Collaborative on Gun Violence Research (NCGVR). This is one of nine projects , totaling $1 million, recently funded by the NCGVR. The team will conduct a study to develop and validate a self-report instrument to assess gun owners’ perceived harms and benefits of specific gun policies and practices. Doucette will provide the team with his in-depth background in gun violence prevention […]

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