Cedarville University hosts gun control panel

Gun control forum at Cedarville U. is underway

FIRST REPORT

A public forum and discussion on gun control will be held tonight at Cedarville University.

The event planned for 90 minutes is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Dixon Ministry Center, Recital Hall, Room 152, on the university campus. The event is hosted by Cedarville’s department of history and political science, Turning Point USA, student organization Epsilon Pi Lambda and the Cedarville Legal Society.

Panelists include Evan English, owner and president of Olde English Outfitters; Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer; Dr. Mark Caleb Smith, director of the Center for Political Studies at Cedarville University; and John Hart, general counsel at Cedarville University.

Dr. David Rich, professor of public administration and political science at Cedarville, will moderate.

According to the university, the forum will open with an introductory statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s position on gun control and the Second Amendment. Then panelists will follow with introductory statements and disclaimers before answering questions from a prepared list and those from the audience.

Top topics to be addressed include:

  • The toughest gun control law passed in 2013 in Connecticut, and how it’s working
  • Would allowing school staff members to have guns reduce gun incidents in schools
  • Ideas to keep all students safe
  • Getting rid of “gun-free zones”
  • Ways to prevent, reduce or eliminate deaths by guns in the United States
  • Should semi-automatic weapons be banned?
  • Should stand-your-ground laws, now in 23 states including Ohio, become a national initiative?
  • Hillary Clinton’s campaign remarks that the gun industry and gun sellers are “the only business in America that is totally free of liability for their behavior. Nobody else is given that immunity?”
  • Would fewer people owning guns mean fewer gun-related deaths?

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