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SPEA Panel Talks Gun Violence In Wake Of Las Vegas Shooting

Former mayor of Fort Wayne and SPEA professor Paul Helmke addresses the audience in the Paul H. O'Neill Graduate Center

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Former mayor of Fort Wayne and SPEA professor Paul Helmke addresses the audience in the Paul H. O'Neill Graduate Center.

Experts from Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs discussed the policy implications of the mass shooting in Las Vegas during a panel discussion Wednesday. It’s part of the school’s weekly “White House Wednesday” series.

Paul Helmke, former president of the Brady Center Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and current professor of practice at SPEA, expressed his frustration with legislative inaction following previous mass shootings in America.

“There are things we can do; there are things we must do,” Helmke said. “But it needs to start out with saying, ‘Let’s try to fix this problem. Let’s try to deal with it. Let’s get all the options on the table.’”

Helmke urged students and faculty in attendance to contact state and federal lawmakers and demand legislation to promote public safety, despite opposition from the National Rifle Association.

“The other NRA argument sometimes is, ‘too much red tape.’ And my response is, ‘I think all of us would take a little more red tape if it meant less yellow police tape up there,’” Helmke said.

When asked to comment on gun reform during his visit to Las Vegas Wednesday afternoon, President Donald Trump said to reporters, “We’re not going to talk about that today.”

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  • ohhhh

    No mention of what that actual reform might be, just hand waving and feelings.

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