The UA community is invited to the keynote lunch panel of the Gun Studies Symposium, titled “The American Gun Debate: Past, Present, and Future,” held on Friday, Oct. 20 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. in ENR2 S107. RSVP required here.
During the panel, Kristin Goss, author of Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America, will be in conversation with Philip Cook (Duke University), David Kopel (Denver Law), and Robert Spitzer (CUNY).
Over the last five decades, the terms of the American gun debate have changed dramatically. From the landmark 2008 DC v Heller decision, which held the Second Amendment to be an individual right, to the proliferation of carry laws throughout the U.S., to the emergent movement for gun control, the American gun debate represents a highly dynamic, and oftentimes hotly divisive, terrain. Why do Americans increasingly turn to guns for self-protection, even as crime rates drop? What kinds of gun policies are likely to shape American gun politics in the future—and with what consequences for crime, community and safety? How should scholars contribute to the gun debate?