Zenaida Ramos

  • commented on Submit your story 2016-10-22 11:15:37 -0400
    On September 29, Gen UN hosted our very first Hot Talk. The subject…GUN VIOLENCE. Our panelist consisted of college librarian, Ian Boucher, Nigerian student, Michael Ajayi, NCWC alumni Dustin Midgett, associate professor of Sociology Dr. Molly Wyatt and our very own treasurer Camelia Eldawy. Dean Naylor served as host and asked our panelist a series of questions.

    The first question: “What is the root cause of gun violence globally, is it culture, economics, unstable government or something else?”

    Ian was the first to answer and he said that he believes that the root cause of gun violence is cultural reaction. Dustin took a different approach, he quoted scripture two verses of scripture, Psalm 51:5 and Romans 5:12. He said that he believes that sin is issued in the human heart. Lastly, Camelia stated that it is the person, not the weapon that makes the crime.

    The second question: “According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, East Asia has the lowest homicide rates, that is people killed per 100,000 people while North and South America has the highest homicide rates in the world. East Asia tends to have strict gun policies. Does the East Asia’s experience apply to the rest to the world or not?”

    Dustin stated that it was hard to compare East Asia and the US since their cultures were so unique. Camelia, having experience living in both Egypt and America, stated that she could see where applying the laws from country to another will not work.

    The third question: “What is the role for law enforcement in dealing with gun Violence?”

    Michael made a really good point and said that the police are humans not robots. Dr. Wyatt state something that not many people think about. She said that because of budget cuts perhaps the police don’t have enough training. They shouldn’t have to not only do their police job but also determine mental disorders while at the same time being stationed at schools to protect students. They shouldn’t be expected to do everything.

    The final question: “What should ordinary people do, to keep themselves from being hurt or injured?”

    Dr. Wyatt said that humans are not mind reader. Camelia agreed, stating that you can take self-defense classes but you can’t fight a bullet off with you bear hands. Michael took a different approach saying that in the middle east it is hard to protect themselves because they can get shot anywhere.
    After the question and answer portion the floor was opened to the crowd and many people asked very interesting questions.

    All in all, I believe that this event was a success and many great points were brought up about gun violence. Hopefully after this insightful event, we can all take what was said and do something about it.

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