Last night at Sneden Hall, four of Grand Rapids Community College’s faculty discussed some of the ramifications surrounding Gun Violence in America at the second night of the three-day symposium.
Robert Hendershot, History associate professor; Dillon Carr, Anthropology assistant professor; Gordan Vurusic Political Science faculty; and Lisa Gloege, Economics assistant professor, all presented their differing perspectives.
“Does America have a gun problem? Or does America have a violence problem?” Carr said, indicating underlying cultural issues. “Removing guns does not change the fundamental problem.”
Vurusic, after citing many of the favorable results of gun control in Australia, pointed out that it simply wouldn’t be possible in America, if not for constitutional and cultural reasons, than for political ones. He continued to advocate a proportional electoral system. “The playing of extremist politics would not be possible.”
Frank Connor, head of the Psychology Department at GRCC, explained his view on Monday night’s meeting.
Tonight will be the third and final night of the symposium and will focus on the practical and criminal justice aspects of gun violence. It takes place 7 p.m.-9 p.m. in room 108 of Sneden Hall at the GRCC Devos Campus, located at 415 Fulton St. East in Grand Rapids.