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Feb 14: Gun Violence Prevention: A Community Conversation

Posted by on Thursday, January 25, 2018 in Events.

Wednesday, February 14, 12:00-1:30PM, Light Hall Room 208, Vanderbilt Medical School

Firearms have become increasingly prevalent in daily life over the past decade, as states like Tennessee loosen regulations governing most aspects of gun sales, purchases, and public carry privileges.  This expansion raises a number of questions that an expert panel of academics, politicians, and activists will address:

*How can we balance gun rights with public safety?
*What is the responsibility of an institution such as Vanderbilt to address gun violence prevention?
*What are the current states of firearm legislation, research, and activism?
*Are we hopelessly polarized as a state and a nation? What might political compromise even look like?


Jonathan Metzl (Director, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society) :  Introduction
Stephan Heckers (Chair, VU Psychiatry) : Firearms and Mental Health
Beth Roth (Director, Safe Tennessee) : Community Activism in Red States
Lee Harris (TN State Senator, 29th District) : The State of Legislation
Molly Pahn (Boston University, Public Health) : Firearm Research
Purnima Unni (VUMC Pediatric Surgery) :  Trauma and Injury

Framing questions: Ken MacLeish (Medicine, Health, and Society)

Brief presentations followed by respectful public conversation.

Open to one and all.

Co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Center for Medicine, Health, Society, Program in American Studies, and Deans’ Offices of Arts and Science and Medicine.