Ed brings 28 years of experience working for the U.S. Department of Justice as both a practitioner and evaluator focused on firearms related violent crime, firearms trafficking, and narcotics issues. Prior to coming to the Begun Center, Ed served in executive positions in Michigan and Ohio as an Assistant Special Agent in Charge with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) where he worked with a wide range of stakeholders in communities to disrupt the violent crime cycle. During his career, Ed consistently championed evidence based practices and multi-disciplinary approaches to develop, implement, and evaluate strategies to disrupt cycles of firearms related violence. Prior to his work at ATF, Ed was a program analyst and investigator working in the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C. where he designed and conducted evaluations of nationwide criminal justice programs and activities. He has an undergraduate degree from Miami University and a masters degree from The George Washington University.
Q: Why is your work at the Begun Center important to you, to our community, and to the world? Violent crime, and particularly firearms related violent crime, have community wide effects that require further research to identify and develop comprehensive strategies and interventions to disrupt cycles of violence. My goal at the Begun Center is to develop research opportunities focusing on firearms violence as a public health issue. While there has been extensive focus on homicides and mass shootings, the causes and effects of a wide spectrum of firearms related incidents require further study as well. Nonfatal shootings (a wounded victim), shots fired incidents (shooting into habitations, drive-by shootings, intimidation incidents), and domestic violence incidents in which a firearm plays a role are some examples. All of these types of incidents need to be included in research and discussion of firearms related violence and how it effects our communities.
Q: What is a cause about which you are particularly passionate? Over the last three decades I have watched younger and younger people becoming victims of firearms violence as well as engaging in firearms related violent crime. Researching and addressing the why and the how of these trends has always been of paramount importance to me and I am bringing that focus and energy to my work at the Begun Center.