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Thoughts about the role of technology and gun control policy


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Comment by Christine Ho on February 7, 2013 at 1:33pm

Dear Barry,

I was delighted to see this blog about gun control because the SfAA Human Rights and Social Justice Committee will be hosting a roundtable at the annual meetings in Denver on gun violence, which I will be facilitating. It is scheduled for Thursday, 2 - 3:30 pm. Would you be interested and willing to be a panelist and to share your expertise with us? Can you put me in touch with other SfAA members who might be willing to serve as panelists also?

Best wishes, Christine Ho

Comment by Christine Ho on February 7, 2013 at 1:53pm

Dear Barry,

The SfAA Human Rights and Social Justice Committee will be hosting a roundtable on Gun Viiolence at the annual meetings in Denver on Thursday, March 21 from 2 - 3:30 pm. We are inviting members of the SfAA community to serve as panelists for the roundtable, sharing their expertise on gun violence and to spark a stimulating discussion.

If you would like to be a panelist, please contact me ASAP, at christine.gt.ho@gmail.com.

Christine Ho

Comment by Barry R. Bainton on February 16, 2013 at 11:20am

Dear Christine

     Thanks for the comment and the invitation. As I mentioned in a private communication I will be unable to attend the meetings. I was sorry to learn that the committee has shift it focus to the broader topic of violence, especially give the urgency for solidarity in the Gun regulation debate, when there is today the possibility of bring about a real change in gun violence through establishing federal regulations. How many women are killed each year from domestic violence where a gun was used and/or was available in the home?.

     You might like to look at http://thesuperorganic.blogspot.com/2013/02/the-list-that-aaa-did-n...  "The List that the AAA did not make" It also applies to the SfAA and NAPA. It is a sorry state when a profession that has a long history of supporting and promoting human rights and social justice through the resolutions of their professional organization can only grab in a back page story in the NYT the day after the annual business meeting. We cannot hope to be the force for change and social justice if we are not taken seriously; when we can't even scare the NRA to think about us as at least as powerful as the Gray Panthers.

Comment by Christine Ho on February 20, 2013 at 5:56pm

Dear Barry,

Your name was the only one that surfaced when the HRSJ Committee was looking for anthropologists with expertise in gun violence to serve as panelists and you were not available. In the absence of experts, the HRSJ Committee decided to host a roundtable without experts that would embrace a wider range of emerging issues of the day such as drones, gang rape/murder, immigration reform, etc.

Thanks for staying in touch. Christine

Comment by Barry R. Bainton on February 21, 2013 at 9:11am

Dear Christine

        I congratulate you on your initial effort and wish you the best luck. Hopefully, some of your panelists might be able to work the gun issue into their presentations.

       It is a shame that when there is a human rights issue of such magnitude like gun control and that actually captures the public attention and  displays a staying power beyond the 24 news cycle that anthropology can't muster a voice.

      One might think that Sandy Hook, Aurora, etc. are the exception but from the anthropological perspective I think there is more there. It is not the random act of violence in the USA that should be the focus -- it is the technology - GUN - that magnifies the act and its consequences. What is it in the national character of the US that is not found elsewhere in the civilized world when it comes to the glorification of a piece of technology?

What is it that makes the US National Rifle Association to lobby before the UN  to prevent a resolution that would curb the international arms trade because, in the words of  Wayne LaPierre, it would infringe on the 2nd Amendment of the U S Bill of Rights.  See: http://www.nraila.org/news-issues/news-from-nra-ila/2012/07/wayne-l...

These should be anthropological questions or at least public policy questions where anthropologists could make a meaningful contribution toward a solution.

Again thank you for the invitation and good luck in Denver.



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