Politics of Guns in America

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January 15, 2013
January 16, 2013
UChicago Creative
Institute of Politics


The recent shooting spree at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT has reignited a national conversation about guns and gun violence. Advocates for gun control say the tragedy this year – and others like it in Aurora, CO and Oak Creek, WI - underscore the need to toughen restrictions on gun availability and gun ownership. But the National Rifle Association says that won’t solve the problem – and argues that the way to prevent such tragedies in the future is through self-defense. They’ve called for armed security guards to be placed in every school in the nation.

So what should be done to reduce gun violence and prevent such tragedies? And why is the question of gun policy such a divisive, polarizing one in American politics? The University of Chicago’s non-partisan Institute of Politics is taking up those and other questions with leading voices on all sides of the issues. The conversation examines the complicated politics of gun policy in America – and where it may be heading.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City of Chicago
Rep. Steve Latourette, R-Ohio, Retired
Jens Ludwig, Director, UChicago Crime Lab
Steve Chapman, Columnist and Editorial Writer, Chicago Tribune

Moderated by: Tom Brokaw, Tom Brokaw Report