Lecture / Reading

Guns in America: A Year After Sandy Hook

Sponsored by Continuing Studies


Thursday, January 16, 2014
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
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CEMEX Auditorium, Knight Management Center

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Just over a year after Sandy Hook, one of the worst mass shootings in United States history, in which twenty children and seven adults lost their lives, Stanford Law School professor John Donohue and a special guest Donald E. J. Kilmer, Jr., Attorney at Law will take stock of gun use and ownership regulation in the US.

Over the past year, a number of questions related to these issues still remain unanswered. In fact, they have multiplied. This program will engage some questions coming from advocates of stricter gun regulation: How many deaths per year would be too many before the government should be allowed to take precautions? Should gun owners have any responsibility to prevent their guns from hurting others (the Nancy Lanza problem)? Questions coming from the opposite direction also will be engaged. Given that the overwhelming majority of gun crimes are committed by people already barred from owning guns by criminal record, insanity, or because they are minors, what is the point of banning guns to ordinary Americans who commit no crimes? Since more than half of all gun deaths are suicides, is there a gross false portrayal of gun crimes resulting from laws allowing ordinary people to own guns? Which side are you on?

C. Wendell and Edith M. Carlsmith Professor of Law, Stanford
John J. Donohue III has been one of the leading empirical researchers in the legal academy over the past twenty-five years. Formerly the Surbeck Professor of Law at Yale Law School, he is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Committee on Law and Justice of the National Academy of Sciences. He received a JD from Harvard and a PhD in economics from Yale.

Donald E. J. Kilmer, Jr.
Attorney at Law

Donald E. J. Kilmer, Jr. has a private practice in San Jose, CA.  His firm handles family law matters, criminal (gun) cases and public interest constitutional litigation against government entities. First Amendment Cases include: Santa Clara County Citizens for Free Speech v. Santa Clara County. (N.D. Cal - Gun Show First Amendment Rights), Benanti v. Alvarado (N.D. Cal. - Gun Rights Advocates Equal Speaking Time at Public Meetings);  Second Amendment cases include: of Nordyke v. King (9th Cir. - Gun Shows at County Fairgrounds),  Enos v. Holder (9th Cir. - Restoration of Second Amendment Rights After Misdemeanor Conviction for Domestic Violence),  Richards v. Yolo County (9th Cir. - Co-Counsel w/Alan Gura, Second Amendment "Shall Issue" Right to Bear Arms Outside the Home),  Pena v. Cid (E.D. Cal - Co-Counsel with Alan Gura & Jason Davis,  Second Amendment Challenge to CA Unsafe Handgun Law). Kilmer was awarded the 2009 Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award from Lincoln Law School of San Jose where he is an adjunct professor teaching Constitutional Law and Appellate Advocacy.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theater and Performance Studies and Stanford Continuing Studies.

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