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What are the causes of violent crime? Many factors have been considered in as
the cause of violent crime. Does alcohol or drug use, poverty, lead exposure
among children, child abuse, lack of love, poor judgement, violence in the media,
poor parenting skills or guns affect crime? Coming up next six people debate if guns reduce crime.
For: Stephen Halbrook
Represents the NRA in suits against the DC and Chicago handgun bans
Halbrook's most recent book is The Founders' Second Amendment. Stephen
filed a brief on behalf of over 300 members of Congress in the Supreme Court
case of DC v. Heller, and won three Supreme Court cases on firearm issues.
Holding a Ph.D. from FSU and J.D. from Georgetown, Stephen other books
include Freedmen, the 14th Amendment, & the Right to Bear Arms, That Every
Man Be Armed, Target Switzerland, and The Swiss & the Nazis.
For: Gary Kleck
Professor in the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State
Gary's research centers on violence and crime control, focusing on gun control
and crime deterrence. Kleck is the author of Targeting Guns: Firearms and Their
Control (1997) and Point Blank: Guns and Violence in America (1991), which won
the Michael J. Hindelang Award of the American Society of Criminology in 1993
for making "the most outstanding contribution to criminology" in the preceding
For: John R. Lott
Senior Research Scholar at the University of Maryland
Lott has held positions at the University of Chicago, Yale University, Stanford,
UCLA, Wharton, and Rice and was the chief economist at the United States
Sentencing Commission during 1988 and 1989. Lott is the author of
Freedomnomics: Why the Free Market Works and Other Half-Baked Theories
Don’t, The Bias Against Guns and More Guns, Less Crime.
Against: John J. Donohue
Leighton Homer Surbeck Professor at Yale Law School
Donohue’s recent work has used large-scale statistical studies to estimate the
causal impact of law and public policy in a wide range of areas from civil rights
and employment discrimination law to the effect of legalized abortion, guns, and
the death penalty on crime. Donohue is the empirical editor of the American Law
and Economics Review and a research fellow of the National Bureau of
Against: Paul Helmke
President of the Brady Campaign/Center to Prevent Gun Violence
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is the nation's largest national, non-
partisan, grassroots organization leading the fight to prevent gun violence, since
mid-July 2006. Prior to this, Helmke was a lawyer in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where
he served as mayor from 1988-2000. In the early 1990s Helmke worked with Jim
and Sarah Brady to help build support for the Brady Law and the federal Assault
Against: R. Gil Kerlikowske
36-year Veteran of Law Enforcement
Kerlikowske was appointed as chief of police for Seattle in August 2000. Kerlikowske served as the police commissioner for Buffalo, New York. He has
also worked as a patrol officer, as a detective in narcotics and robbery, and as a
hostage negotiator in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Moderator: John Donvan
Author and correspondent for ABC News.
Source: intelligence2: GUNS REDUCE CRIME
Myths Of Anti-Americanism
Peter Slen interviewed Max Paul Friedman about rethinking anti-Americanism.
Max Paul Friedman is an associate professor of history at American University
and the author of "Rethinking Anti-Americanism."
Source: Book TV at American University: Max Paul Friedman, "Rethinking Anti-
Americanism: The History of an Exceptional Concept in American Foreign Relations"
Music includes Jack Johnson Feat & Ben Harper - With My Own Two Hands,
Poison Girls - Abort the System, Buffalo Springfield - For What It's Worth, Graham
Nash - Military Madness, Robert Oppenheimer 1965, Curtis Mayfield - We Got to
Have Peace, Gil Scott-Heron - The Bottle, George Carlin - Euphemisms, Meg
Ryan - When Harry Met Sally Movie(1989), Kathryn Williams - Why Must We Be So
Brutal, Willie Nelson - Whatever Happened To Peace On Earth?, Louis Armstrong
- When the Saints Go Marching In, David Rovics - Two Mommies And Two
Daddies, Alice Gomez & Madalyn Blanchett & Marilyn Rife - Sacred Flutes
Book TV at American University: Max Paul Friedman, "Rethinking Anti-
Americanism: The History of an Exceptional Concept in American Foreign