Session 95: CH5 -> Who in the World Should Have Guns? (Sponsored by the Division of International Criminology)
Time: 4:20PM to 5:50 PM on Wednesday, November 19
Place: Governors Square 10
Session Chair: David B. Kopel, Independence Institute
This panel brings together scholars from Australia, Canada, and the United States in an effort to facilitate a cross-cultural comparison of the relationships between firearm laws and access to guns, on the one hand, with gun culture and criminal violence, on the other. Some have theorized that limiting access to firearms helps to lower overall levels of criminal violence. Others maintain that firearm ownership is an important dimension of individual freedom and it helps to reduce violence by deterring criminals Many governments around the world have considered firearms ownership to be problematic, and, consequently, they have adopted a variet of approaches to regulating civilian access to firearms. The international scholars on this panel use diverse research methodologies to examine the impact that firearm laws have on gun culture and on criminal violence in several countries. The diversity of research methodologies demonstrated on this panel is significant, including content analysis, ethnography, and historical analyses. The diversity of research on this pane will help inform Americans about the successes and the failures of firearm laws in other countries.
On Mapping the U.S. Gun Culture
by: James B. Jacobs, New York University (Corresponding)
The Wild West Down Under, Comparing American and Australian Gun Enthusiasm
by: Abigail A. Kohn, University of Sydney Law School (Corresponding)
Gun Control in England: The Tarnished 'Gold Standard'
by: Joyce Lee Malcolm, Bentley College (Corresponding)
Gun Control in Canada: Problems and Prospects
by: Gary A. Mauser, Simon Fraser University (Corresponding)
Allan Smithies
W.T. Stanbury, University of British Columbia
David B. Kopel, Independence Institute

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