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3 Ways To Elevate The Debate About Guns

Understanding the authority of science means, when it comes to factual claims, intuitions and gut feelings won't cut it — whichever side of the political aisle they come from, says Tania Lombrozo.
A man signs a banner against guns as mourners pay tribute at a memorial on Feb. 25 for the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Source: Miami Herald

Tania Lombrozo is a psychology professor at the University of California, Berkeley. She writes about psychology, cognitive science and philosophy, with occasional forays into parenting and veganism. You can keep up with more of what she is thinking on Twitter: @TaniaLombrozo


Since the tragic shooting in Parkland, Fla., students have been pressing lawmakers for greater gun control, bringing with their appeals a maturity beyond their years.

That maturity is something we could use: Debates about gun legislation have been tense and intractable, betraying only modest engagement with opposing points of view.

Along with the passion stirred by recent events, we need some clear

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