University of Chicago hosts gun violence panel

January 15, 2013|By Erin Vogel @eringejuice | For RedEye

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will join journalists and policymakers for a discussion about guns hosted by the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics on Tuesday night called "The Politics of Guns in America."

The university's Institute of Politics, directed by political adviser and U. of C. alum David Axelrod, event is a response to last month's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, Conn.

The panel will be moderated by NBC correspondent Tom Brokaw, who is an avid hunter, and will include Mayor Emanuel; Steve Chapman, editorial writer for the Chicago Tribune; former U.S. Representative Steven LaTourette; and Jens Ludwig, director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab.

"The Institute of Politics' programming brings politicians, policymakers and others with divergent views to campus to address controversial issues in a solution-oriented manner.  The panel [Tuesday] is no exception," said Darren Reisberg, the Institute's executive director. "In the wake of the Newtown tragedy, and the Seventh Circuit's recent rejection of Illinois' ban on concealed carry, the Institute of Politics felt it critical to have a timely and fruitful discussion.

"Our panelists were chosen because we knew they would offer differing perspectives on the gun policy debate in a frank and productive manner--and with an eye toward generating ideas and policies around which consensus and action items will be built."

The event is free and takes place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at 915 E. 60th St. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, but those interested in attending can RSVP here.

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