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Lecture Series

Guns: How Do We Stop the Violence?

What: The first in a series of the Bronx Community College President’s Lectures on issues of major importance to the college community and general public

When: April 11, 2013, from 12 to 2 p.m.

Where: Gould Memorial Library Auditorium on the BCC campus, 2155 University Avenue, Bronx, NY


Geoffrey Canada, President and CEO, Harlem Children’s Zone
Gloria Cruz, Bronx Chapter of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence
Shafiq Abdussabar, President, National Association of Black Law Enforcement Officers
Phillip Thompson, Manager for Impacted and Faith Communities, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence

In Brief: Our lecture takes place at a time when gun-related homicides and other gun-related crimes have declined sharply in the Bronx—as they have in other parts of the New York City metropolitan area. According to one report, the borough’s overall 2012 murder rate was 23 percent lower than that of the previous year’s, and it is now lower than that of Philadelphia, Chicago, and Boston. The number of murders in the Bronx dropped to 112 from 148 in 2011. We are asking panelists to engage us in an important conversation about guns and violence, a dialogue that will expand upon the discussion that has galvanized the nation in the wake of the tragic killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Among the themes we are asking our distinguished panelists to explore are:

  • How do we explain the decline in gun violence rates?
  • What role, if any, do street stop-and-frisks play in the decline?
  • What impact will New York State’s tougher gun control laws have on gun-related crimes in the Bronx and similar urban areas?
  • What other policy measures can be put in place to get illegal weapons off the street?
  • What can we do as parents, friends, and members of the community to stop the violence?
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