Professors in the Pub: Mass Shootings


Each month, join us online to have a drink and discussion with professors and other experts about important events happening in the world. Share your questions and your views, and join the long tradition of politics in the pub, online edition.

This month: Mass Shootings

Over the last two decades in America, the total number of guns in civilian hands has increased by 50 percent, far outpacing demographic growth patterns. Meanwhile, mass shootings have become more persistent and by some estimates, occur every two weeks on average. What is the relationship between mass shootings and background checks?  Why have so many Americans been buying so many weapons?  Is the relationship as simple as “more guns leads to more violence”?  Come discuss these questions and ask your own.

The lead professor will be Alexei Anisin, Dean of SIRD and author of the forthcoming book Mass Shootings and Civilian Armament.