February 1, 2018

‘Gun Violence Prevention: A Community Conversation’ Feb. 14

A panel discussion on gun violence prevention, along with a moderated public debate, will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Firearms have become increasingly prevalent in daily life over the past decade, and numerous states are examining regulations governing many aspects of gun sales, purchases, and public carry privileges. This expansion of gun ownership raises a number of questions that an expert panel of academic researchers, medical professionals, lawmakers and activists will address, such as:

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

The panel discussion, along with a moderated public debate, will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Light Hall, Room 208 (located at 2218 Garland Ave.). The event is free and open to the public. Media interested in attending should contact Amy Wolf or call (615) 322-NEWS.

“It’s evident in our society that there are many issues surrounding guns that are divisive,” said Dr. Jonathan Metzl, Vanderbilt psychiatrist, sociologist and director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society. “But we hope to address these issues based on academics, research and expertise in a way that might help move the debate forward.”

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The panel discussion is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, the Vanderbilt Program in American Studies, and the dean’s offices for the College of Arts and Science and the School of Medicine.