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Forum on gun rights, control on college campus to be held Nov. 2

| Shari Lau


Recent shootings on college campuses and a new bill in the Wisconsin Legislature that would allow concealed-carry of firearms in UW System buildings have brought the issue of guns on college campuses to the forefront.

In response, the Future Lawyers of America student organization and the political science department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present a forum titled “Campus Shootings and Concealed Carry: A Forum on Gun Rights and Gun Control on Campus” to address the issue in a larger political, legal, historical and social context. The event will be held at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 2 in Room 100 of Schneider Hall on UW-Eau Claire's lower campus.

“If we are to accurately assess and understand this important issue, it is incumbent upon the scholarly community to sift through the media and political commentary,” said Dr. John Evans, assistant professor of political science. “We must examine the political, legal, historical and social context of the issue in order to separate what is fact from fiction. This is all the more crucial in Wisconsin where legislation has been introduced that would repeal the current UW System gun ban and prevent UW campuses and campuses of the Wisconsin Technical College System from prohibiting firearms for those who have concealed-carry licenses. Whatever political action is to be taken, we believe citizens should be provided with accurate information on the issue so they can give informed opinions to their legislators.”

The forum will consist of a panel of law enforcement and academic experts moderated by Evans. Members of the panel will include Dr. Oscar Chamberlain, senior lecturer in history; Lt. Jay Dobson, University Police; Dr. Rodd Freitag, professor of political science; Dr. Eric Kasper, assistant professor of political science; and Chief David Sprick, University Police.   

For more information on the forum, contact Dr. John Evans at evansjc@uwec.edu or 715-836-3613.

Photo caption: Dr. John Evans will moderate a panel discussion during the Nov. 2 forum titled “Campus Shootings and Concealed Carry: A Forum on Gun Rights and Gun Control on Campus.”