Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

About

Victoria is Assistant Dean at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. Her areas of expertise in the domestic policy landscape include immigration, Latinos, women and childcare, and economic equity. more→

Research

Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding policy development and its intersection with institutional and political contexts. Underlying her academic work is the applicability of rigorous research to on-the-ground policy realities.

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Recent Media

This post originally appeared on MSNBC.com

The cowboy finishes off the last of the Pace Picante Salsa. He is handed  another brand of salsa and looks skeptical. His cowboy buddies crowd around to read the label and discover this “stuff’s made in New York City.” The cowboy replies: “New York City? Get a rope!”

Whether it’s salsa or gun legislation, there are some things Americans may not embrace from the Big Apple. Michael Bloomberg’s $12 million gun violence ad campaign is a case in point. Viewed from afar, Bloomberg’s effort is a generalized, impersonal swipe at the issue of gun control. At best it falls flat and at worst it has the potential to trigger a backlash.

It is imperative that we stem gun violence. We have seen gun violence in its most horrific forms—Tucson, Sandy Hook, Aurora. At the same time, gun violence continues to take a steady and slow toll in the form of crimes, domestic abuse, suicides, and accidents. We are in the midst of a public health and safety crisis, but throwing money at a problem doesn’t necessarily make it better. (more…)