Policy Chats
Policy Chats
Sep 9, 2022
Addressing Gun Violence: The Debate on Gun Policy
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In this episode, Professor of Economics Matthew Lang talks with a student from the UC Riverside School of Public Policy about gun violence and gun control.

About Matthew Lang:

Professor Lang is an Associate Professor of Teaching at the University of California, Riverside. His research focuses on a variety of areas, including Applied Microeconomics, Mental Health, and Firearms sales.

Learn more about Matthew Lang via https://sites.google.com/site/matthewdlang18/home

Podcast Highlights:

“The relationship between firearm access and suicide is significantly stronger in the research than firearm access and homicide.”

-       Matthew Lang on the topic of the role mental health plays in gun violence. 

“COVID increased uncertainty...everyone was fearful and uncertain.”

-       Matthew Lang on the topic of COVID and firearm sales.

“As much as we talk about firearms as a  polarizing topic in policy...we think there's a massive partisan divide when it comes to firearms; I don't believe that. I don't think the overlap between gun rights and gun control is that far off. I think there's more overlap than media in general wants to admit.”

-       Matthew Lang on the role media plays in the gun debate.


Matthew Lang (Professor of Economics)


Kevin Karami (UCR Public Policy Major, Dean’s Chief Ambassador)

Music by:

C Codaine



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This is a production of the UCR School of Public Policy: https://spp.ucr.edu/

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