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Maryland: Hosts National Summit Focused on Research and Advocacy to Prevent Gun Violence

The University of Maryland School of Public Health hosted a teach-in and national research summit focused on strategies to eliminate gun violence as a leading cause of injury and death, from April 24-26. The events were led by Professor of the Practice Dr. Woodie Kessel and Dean Boris Lushniak.

The Teach-In on Activism to Prevent Gun Violence engaged the greater Washington and Baltimore communities in a discussion with students, activists, researchers, and law enforcement focusing on the far-reaching impacts of gun violence and ways to support efforts to stop preventable casualties.

Panelists included Ms. Andrea Chamblee who welcomed students to the fight, saying “This is the civil rights issue of our time.” Ms. Chamblee’s husband John McNamara was killed in the Capital Gazette newsroom mass shooting in 2018.

U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) provided updates and perspective on the challenges of mobilizing an effective government response in the current political climate, but cited the Bipartisan Background Checks Act as a potential bright spot.

The event was followed by a two-day research summit attended by about 75 national experts and advocates to build a collaborative research agenda. Researchers attended from several ASPPH schools (among them Maryland, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, New York University, Drexel), and the Brady Campaign’s Ms. Kris Brown and the Giffords Law Center’s Ms. Lindsay Nichols gave keynotes.

Summit discussions ranged from characteristics of American gun violence and potential legal responses to its intersection with issues of racism, economics, media and politics.