American Gun Debate: Past, Present, Future

    October 20, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    UA ENR2 Building
    1064 E Lowell St
    Tucson, AZ 85719
    “This coming Friday, the UA will host a discussion on the evolution of gun politics. It’s a highly divisive issue and so having it over at the ENR2 building on campus will perhaps set a tone for a balanced and civil exchange.
    The panel will be made up of Kristin Goss and Philip Cook from Duke University, David Kopel from Denver Law and the Independence Institute, and Robert Spitzer from SUNY. Each is a long-time contributor to the issue of gun policy in America.
    The panel is going to focus on how the debate over gun policy has changed, where it’s headed, and the role academia may play in the discussion. The NRA has successfully lobbied to cut funds for research of gun-related deaths from the Centers for Disease Control but, so if academia can fill that void, I’m all for it.
    If you plan on attending, please let Jennifer Carlson know in advance. You can reach her by email at She’s an Assistant Professor in Sociology and Government & Public Policy at the UA. Her focus is on American gun culture, policing and public law enforcement.
    There will be an opportunity for audience Q&A during the exchange.”
    Co-Sponsored by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation as well as the Rombach Institute, the School of Government and Public Policy and the School of Sociology at the University of Arizona.
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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).

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