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Gun Violence Prevention: A Community Conversation

February 14, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Wednesday, February 14, 12:00-1:30 PM
Light Hall Room 208, Vanderbilt Medical School

Video from the event: https://mediasite.vanderbilt.edu/Mediasite/Play/9f3b098db8ba444e96427bc881e4b9861d

Firearms have become increasingly prevalent in daily life over the past decade, as states like Tennessee loosen regulations governing most aspects of gun sales, purchases, and public carry privileges. This expansion raises a number of questions that an expert panel of academics, politicians, and activists will address:

  • How can we balance gun rights with public safety?
  • What is the responsibility of an institution such as Vanderbilt to address gun violence prevention?
  • What are the current states of firearm legislation, research, and activism?
  • Are we hopelessly polarized as a state and a nation? What might political compromise even look like?


Jonathan Metzl (Director, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society) : Introduction

Stephan Heckers (Chair, VUMC Psychiatry) : Firearms and Mental Health

Beth Roth (Director, Safe Tennessee) : Community Activism in Red States

Lee Harris (TN State Senator, 29th District) : The State of Legislation

Molly Pahn (Boston University, Public Health) : Firearm Violence Research

Purnima Unni (VUMC Pediatric Surgery) : Trauma and Injury Prevention

Framing questions: Ken MacLeish (Medicine, Health, and Society)

Brief presentations followed by respectful public conversation. Open to one and all.


February 14, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Light Hall – Vanderbilt University Medical Center
1301 Medical Center Dr
Nashville, TN 37232 United States
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