The Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice at North Carolina A&T State University, will convene a program to commemorate Constitution Day, on September 17.  A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m., and a panel discussion at 6 p.m., in the General Classroom Building Auditorium, Room A 218.

The topic of the program is, “Second Amendment Advocacy and Gun Violence: Should Individual Rights Outweigh the Public Good?”  The program will provoke discussion on this important topic and seek to discern if there is a plausible policy alternative to the present regime of regulation and usage. Additionally, the event will serve as the university’s public memorial to those who recently lost their lives to gun violence.
The Honorable Arthur Burnett, Sr. Senior Judge – Inactive Status, Superior Court of the District of Columbia, is the keynote panelist. He will be joined by  Ernest Cuthbertson, a decorated law enforcement officer and internationally recognized gang expert.  Steven Friedland, professor of Law, at Elon Law School, will also be on the panel. The moderator for the discussion will be Margaret Dudley, attorney at Law and Constitutional Law scholar.  

 “The “right to bear arms” as expressed in the United States Constitution, has been interpreted in many ways throughout the history of the United States. There has yet to be a viable resolution to this contentious debate. Tragically, the most objective truth related to this debate is the ever increasing number of gun violence victims. “It is our aim, this Constitution Day, to chart a direction towards a balance between the public good and gun ownership,” said James P. Mayes, director of N.C. A&T Criminal Justice Department and assistant professor in the Department of Political Science and Criminal Justice. This event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, call Mayes at 336.256.2127.