IPK's public forum on race, gun control, and mental illness which was held on March 8th, 2013 was filmed, and video is now available

About the event:

Recent mass shootings in Newtown, CT and Aurora, CO have reignited a perennial debate about gun control and mental illness in America.  Both shootings involved individuals with publically reported diagnoses of mental illness, and both also involved firearms that were banned just a decade ago.  The political arguments for ensuring the safety of citizens often take one of two forms: Keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them, or keep certain guns out of the hands of all people.  We also know that gun laws historically have been enforced differently in urban and rural areas, and between individuals of different races. But the existing regulations we have vary between municipalities and states, and all reflect some set of views across a range of questions and spectrum of values.  Who should have access to firearms?  What weapons should be legal for private citizens--and how should we enforce these laws?  Should mental health be a factor in gun ownership eligibility--and if so how do you determine mental illness, and protect the privacy rights of the mentally ill?  What role does race play in policy formation and in enforcement, and how can we make the system more just?

Participants included:

Jonathan M. Metzl (Moderator), Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Medicine, Health, and Society; Director, Center for Medicine, Health, and Society; and Professor of Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University.

Gary Belkin, MD, PhD, MPH; Associate Professor and Director, Program in Global Mental Health, New York University School of Medicine; Senior Director of Psychiatric Services, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.

Bill Finch, Mayor of Bridgeport, CT and a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Lorin Latarro, choreographer and activist; organizer of CHICAGO>ART=AMMO Artists In Support of Gun Control.

Joy-Ann Reid, managing editor of theGrio.com, an on-air contributor to MSNBC, and a political columnist for the Miami Herald.

José M. Serrano, New York State Senator for the 29th Senate District in the South Bronx.

Cosponsored with support of the Vanderbilt University Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, NYU Metropolitan Studies, and the NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis.