Gun violence is a plague on our society. It has caused irreparable harm to its victims, families, and communities. Gun violence has created an atmosphere of fear in our public spaces including sanctuaries such as churches and synagogues and is not without its financial burden on taxpayers. While most Americans strongly desire sensible gun laws, crave safety, and do not want to take away guns from responsible gun owners, enacting sensible gun laws across America is not happening. This program does not seek to place blame but does plan to provide context, explore some of the legal complexities, shatter myths, and examine possible solutions.
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Joanelle A. Bailey, MD is a Resident in General Surgery at Rutgers University New Jersey Medical School in Newark, NJ. She is concurrently completing the requirements for a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Biostatistics, focusing on violence prevention.
Perry Dane is a Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School. Previously on the faculty of Yale Law School, he also served as law clerk to Associate Justice William J. Brennan, Jr of the US Supreme Court and his research and teaching interests include constitutional law.
Brett Sabo is the NJ Chapter Lead for Mom’s Demand Action. Prior to this role Brett served as the State Legislative Lead for two years.
Holly Schepisi (R) was first elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in November 2011, representing the 39th Legislative District. She is a lawyer and businesswoman and has worked as both a public defender and prosecutor.
Alan Steinberg, Discussant/Moderator served as the Regional Administrator for the US Environmental Protection Agency under the administration of President George W. Bush. He is currently a columnist for NJ’s leading political website, InsiderNJ.com.