Speaker to address gun control

Gun control scholar Gary Kleck will speak at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the A.K. Hinds University Center Grandroom on the campus of Western Carolina University.

Gary Kleck, a renowned scholar of gun control, will speak March 5 at WCU.

Kleck will review research in the field of gun control in his presentation “Guns and Violence: Good Guys vs. Bad Guys,” which is free and open to the public. He will focus on disputes over the frequency of defensive gun use by crime victims and whether resistance with a gun helps or hurts the victim. In addition, he will cover how to develop safer, more effective gun control laws in the United States.

A criminology professor at Florida State University, Kleck teaches courses on criminology, law enforcement, research methods, gun control, violence theory and crime control. He is the author of “Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America,” winner of the 1993 Michael J. Hindelang Award from the American Society of Criminology.

Community members who are interested in gun policy and gun-related violence are encouraged to attend the event, said Albert Kopak, assistant professor in the WCU Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. The department invited Kleck to campus to present his research “because he is the foremost expert in this field in the United States and ranks near the top of international scholars who study gun-related issues,” Kopak said.

The WCU Criminal Justice Club, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Department of Political Science and Public Affairs are the event sponsors.

For more information, contact Kopak at 828-227-2328 or amkopak@wcu.edu.