Saturday, September 13, 2014

Conference tackles truths about gun violence, control

The Department of Criminal Justice at Bridgewater State University is holding a two-day conference “Targeting Truths about Gun Violence and Gun Control” in October that will feature prominent voices on the controversial issue.

The objective of the conference is to provide context and facts about the prevalence and threat of gun violence in public places, schools and communities. An important aim of the conference is to separate fact from fiction and to provide critical information from recognized experts on this complex issue.

The first day of the conference, on Wednesday, Oct. 22, centers upon the nature of gun violence and its social costs. The following day, the conference focuses on gun control arguments and initiatives. The event will be held in the Large Ballroom of the Rondileau Campus Center on both days from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

As educators, public safety professionals and policy-makers have taken center stage in the national conversation on gun violence and strategies, the target audience for the Bridgewater conference is school administrators, school resource officers, civic groups, public safety officials, social activists, college students and concerned citizens

With a slate of distinguished speakers, topics such as the socio-economic dynamics of life in urban America, Second Amendment rights to bear arms, school-based shootings, federal gun policies, mental health considerations, gun control initiatives and other related areas will make this event an informative and provocative venue for participants. Additionally, the conference will include an interactive component – moderated by criminal justice faculty – which will create a richer experience for all participants. 

Speakers include: Dr. Elijah Anderson, a William K. Lanman Jr. professor of sociology at Yale University; Clementina Chéry, president and CEO of Louis D Brown Peace Institute, Dorchester; Dr. David Hemenway, professor of health policy, director of the Harvard Injury Control Research Center; Ed Davis, former police commissioner of the Boston Police Department; Dr. Joyce Lee Malcolm, a Patrick Henry professor of constitutional law and the Second Amendment at George Mason University School of Law; Timothy J. Cruz, Plymouth County District Attorney.

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