Experts to debate gun control on Oct. 27

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Experts to debate gun control on Oct. 27

John Lott and Paul Helmke will engage in an Oxford-style debate on gun control at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27 in the East Union's Great Plains Room.

The event, sponsored by the University Program Council, is free for University of Nebraska-Lincoln students with a valid NCard and $5 for faculty, staff and the public.

The proposition for debate is: "In order to reduce its murder-rate, the U.S. needs more stringent gun-control laws."

Helmke will argue in favor of the proposition. He is an American politician, attorney and advocate for gun control. He was a three-term mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, and president and CEO of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. He holds a juris doctorate from Yale Law School, is a professor of practice at Indiana University Bloomington and is the founding director of IU Bloomington's Civic Leaders Center.

Lott will argue against the proposition. His book "More Guns, Less Crime," now in its third edition, was first published in 1998. He holds a doctoral degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles and has held teaching and research positions at Wharton, the University of Chicago, Stanford and Yale. He is the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center.

The University Program Council is a student organization that provides diverse, educational and entertaining programs to enhance the university community. It is the executive body responsible for the implementation of programs and activities funded by student fees.