Can Americans agree on a path to reduce gun violence? Here’s why our recent event gave us hope.
At our live event Finding Common Ground on Guns at The George Washington University on September 27, 2022, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) and former Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) found many points of agreement on approaches to reduce gun violence – despite Murphy holding an F rating from the NRA, and Hurd having held an A rating during his time in Congress.
What was most surprising about the event? What did both lawmakers agree on, and where did they stop short?
In the latest episode podcast Our Take on Common Ground, hear a rundown from our co-founders Bruce Bond and Erik Olsen on the discussion between Murphy and Hurd – two legislators who have represented the communities of Sandy Hook and Uvalde, respectively – and find out why the event offered renewed hope for progress on a sharply divisive issue.
Bruce Bond is Co-Founder, CEO and Board Chair of Common Ground Committee. He is a 30-year veteran of the information technology industry including an executive position at world-renowned analyst firm Gartner, launching several successful software start-ups, and roles as industry analyst, software developer, and chief information officer (CIO). Mr. Bond graduated with an AB degree in Politics from Princeton University where he was a national-class distance runner.
Erik L. Olsen is Co-Founder, CFO and Board Member of Common Ground Committee. He has more than 25 years of experience in investment management and fund management, and nine years of real estate investment experience. Mr. Olsen serves as Managing Partner of CataMetrics Management, a Registered Investment Advisory firm. Mr. Olsen specializes in macroeconomic analysis and policy issues. Mr. Olsen holds a B.A. degree from Principia College and an M.B.A. from the Anderson Graduate School of Management at UCLA.