Book Talk: Rampage Nation, with Louis Klarevas, Tuesday, 10/17, 5:30-8pm
“In the past decade, no individual act of violence has killed more people in the United States than the mass shooting. This well-researched, forcefully argued book answers some of the most pressing questions facing our society: Why do people go on killing sprees? Are gun-free zones magnets for deadly rampages? What can we do to curb the carnage of this disturbing form of firearm violence?
Contrary to conventional wisdom, the author shows that gun possession often prods aggrieved, mentally unstable individuals to go on shooting sprees; these attacks largely occur in places where guns are not prohibited by law; and sensible gun-control measures like the federal Assault Weapons Ban—which helped drastically reduce rampage violence when it was in effect—are instrumental to keeping Americans safe from mass shootings in the future.
To stem gun massacres, the author proposes several original policy prescriptions, ranging from the enactment of sensible firearm safety reforms to an overhaul of how the justice system investigates potential active-shooter threats and prosecutes violent crimes. Calling attention to the growing problem of mass shootings, Rampage Nation demonstrates that this unique form of gun violence is more than just a criminal justice offense or public health scourge. It is a threat to American security.”
— Book Description
Louis Klarevas is Associate Lecturer in Global Affairs at the University of Massachusetts—Boston and the author of Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings (Prometheus Books, 2016). A Senior Fulbright Scholar in Security Studies, he has also taught at American University, George Washington University, the City University of New York, and New York University. During the early phases of the Iraq War,he served as the Defense Analysis Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. Before joining the ranks of academia, he served as a research associate at the United States Institute of Peace. His articles and commentaries have appeared in a variety of prominent news outlets, including The Atlantic, Forbes, The New Republic, The Huffington Post, The New York Daily News, New York Newsday, The Washington Post, The Washington Times, and Vice. He has also appeared as an expert on numerous news networks, including ABC, AJE, BBC, CBS, CNN, and NPR. Dr. Klarevas holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in International Relations from the School of International Service at American University.
Dr. Klarevas is joined by Drs. Lalitha Vasudevan, Teachers College Professor of Technology & Education, and Director, Center for Multiple Languages, and Sonali Rajan, Teachers College Assistant Professor of Health Education. Co-sponsored by the Media and Social Change Lab, the Office of the Provost, and the TC Gun Violence Prevention Working Group, the book talk will include discussion and Q & A.
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