“Guns in America: Can We Have a Better Gun Debate” community classroom at the Loft Cinema


Community Classroom

Guns in America: Can We Have A Better Gun Debate?

TUESDAYs from 4:00Pm-6:00pm ( – | TUITION: $160

“Don’t miss this chance to study with one of the leading experts on US gun politics! In this 6 week course, Professor Jennifer Carlson will trace the profound changes in gun culture and gun law that have occurred in recent decades. In 2000, Gallup asked Americans whether they thought having a gun made their homes safer or more dangerous. More than half saw a gun as dangerous, and only a third saw guns making a home safer. Within a decade and a half, though, those numbers dramatically reversed: by 2014, 63% of respondents said that guns make homes safer. As annual deaths from gunshot wounds in the US hover just under 40,000, these survey data point to a profound shift in the social life of guns in America. The goal of this course is to explore the historical, criminological, political, legal, sociological and cultural perspectives that can help make sense of the contemporary significance of guns as tools of safety versus objects of danger.

Join Professor Carlson as she will unravel the relationship between gun rights and gun rules; between crime and self-defense; and between the past and present politics of guns.

Dr. Jennifer Carlson is an Associate Professor in the School of Sociology and the School of Government & Public Policy. Her research examines gun culture, policing and public law enforcement, and violence.  She is the author of Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline (Oxford University Press). Her award-winning research has been featured in a variety of outlets across the political spectrum, including The New Yorker, Reason Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The National Review, The Christian Science Monitor, and elsewhere.

This is a rental of The Loft Cinema presented by the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.”

More info and how to register: https://sbs.arizona.edu/events/community-classroom-guns-america-can-we-have-better-gun-debate
Lifelong Learning Course
Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m.
The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. Tucson
Tuition: $160

“This course will provide a chance to study with UA sociologist Jennifer Carlson, one of the leading experts on U.S. gun politics. In this six-week course, Carlson will examine the relationship between gun rights and gun rules, between crime and self-defense, and between the past and present politics of guns.”

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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 Tucsoncitizen.com 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, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).