Professor Goss on Gun Control Political Mobilization, Routledge Studies and SSQ

Professor Kristin Goss

Kristin Goss is a Kevin D. Gorter Associate Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University and an expert on gender, guns, and giving. Her research has been cited heavily in the media in the wake of the Uvalde mass shooting and President Joe Biden’s push for “common-sense” gun regulation.

“State legislation seldom makes headlines, but it’s terribly important because, in the American system, states have primary responsibility for gun regulation,” she said to VOA News.

On WRAL, she asserts that "Most people don’t have a very good grasp of what our gun laws are. To be fair to Americans, gun laws are complicated and vary greatly state by state."

Professor Goss's research on the political mobilization of pro-gun rights groups and gun control activists has been quoted in Vox. In Routledge Studies in Crime and Society and Social Science Quarterly she finds that pro-gun rights citizens are more engaged in the political process. She concludes in Routledge that “The growing accommodation to guns in public life poses considerable challenges to the gun violence prevention movement, even as its resource base and grassroots organization expand and even as it enjoys policy victories that were rare even a few years ago.”

Check out these articles:
Fact Check: Do 90% of Americans Support Background Checks?, WRAL
Biden Implores Congress to Approve New ‘Common-Sense’ Gun Restrictions, VOA News
Mass Shootings Typically Lead to Looser Gun Laws, Not Stronger Ones, Vox