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Temple Grandin On Autism | 'The Gun Gap'

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Firearm ownership correlates directly to how likely people are to vote according to Mark Joslyn, author of 'The Gun Gap'.

Dr. Temple Grandin on how the pandemic is impacting the autism community and professor Mark Joslyn explores the political nuances of gun ownership in his new book 'The Gun Gap'.

Segment 1, beginning at 6:10: Many of those affected by autism have struggled to access the resources they need during the pandemic.

Temple Grandin knows firsthand the necessity of accessing treatment options for those, like herself, who have been diagnosed with autism. Social distancing measures and remote learning have created challenges in ensuring people get the care they need. "There's no way you can do good speech therapy and early intervention on a computer", Grandin said.

Segment 2, beginning at 32:49 : In his book "The Gun Gap" University of Kansas professor Mark Joslyn focuses on gun owners as a political classification.

According to Josyln, statistics show that people who own firearms are a predictable group who make up 30-40% of the country's population. He’s found that they are more likely to vote than non gun-owners, possibly because they can point to a direct personal stake in election outcomes. This information could lead to a new vantage point in evaluating mass politics in the United States

Dr. Temple Grandin is the featured speaker at "Beat the Blues" at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 27. This is a virtual event to benefit the Sherwood Autism Center.

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