Under the Gun: Guns Laws, Gun Violence and the Media


Mayor Nutter of Philadelphia discusses using new gun technology while Mayor Rybak of Minneapolis looks on.

Reporters and editors from across the nation gathered for a roundtable,”Under the Gun, Gun Violence, Gun Laws and the Media,” hosted by the Center of Media, Crime and Justice at John Jay College of Criminal Justice to discuss the debate surrounding guns. Academics, legislators, law enforcement, medical professionals, and not-for-profit professionals participated in a series of diverse panels focusing on different approaches, including American Trauma: Gun Violence, Public Health and Mental Illness; Guns, Gangs and Kids: Tackling Gun Safety in a Culture of Violence and Gun Economics, Technology, Public Safety and the Market.

Speakers included, Gov. Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, Mayor Michael Nutter, Philadelphia, PA, Mayor RT Rybak, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sen. Joan Fraser, Vice Chair, Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Canadian Senate, Robert P. McCulloch, prosecuting attorney, St. Louis County, Clayton MO, and Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Schools.

For a full agenda click here.

See below for coverage of the conference on The Crime Report.

Dannel Malloy: ‘The NRA is holding a gun to the head of every Republican’ Senator

In a wide ranging conversation on the politics of guns, Connecticut’s governor said the media is letting the National Rifle Association dominate the post-Newtown debate. Read more here.

Can 'Smart Gun' Technology Change the Stalemate Over Gun Violence?

The mayors of Philadelphia and Minneapolis challenged gun manufacturers to consider biometrics and other technological fixes. They sat at a table with vice-president of firearms manufacturer O.F. Mossberg and Sons during an emotional and often-heated conversation. Read more here.

Violence and ‘Civil War-Level’ Trauma in the Inner City

Should the debate on guns be framed in a public health context? In panels on Tuesday and Wednesday, the superintendent of Miami-Dade schools and Connie Rice, Executive Director of the Advancement Project California — along with scientists and doctors — discussed the role of gun-related trauma in the lives of urban residents. Read more here.

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