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Delta Debates


Tuesday, March 26 from 7pm - 8:30pm
Delta College Lecture Theater G-160

With the nationwide debate over gun laws revived after the Newtown tragedy, the Delta Debates Political Forum Series is holding an event to help the Delta community sort through the rhetoric.

A panel discussion, "Protection Or Peril? The Gun Debate after Newtown", will feature a lawmaker, psychologist and sheriff, as well as activists on both sides of the issue, sharing their perspective on the following topics:

  • The proposed federal assault weapons ban
  • Mental health issues and video game violence as possible causes of gun violence
  • Mandatory background checks
  • Armed guards at public schools

"We are very excited about the caliber of panelists we have coming to campus for this discussion," said Lisa Lawrason, associate professor of political science and chair of the Delta Debates Political Forum Committee. "We think that their diversity of perspectives will generate the kind of constructive, civil discourse that makes voters more informed and strengthens democracy."

The distinguished panel will include:

  • Sen. Mike Green, representing Michigan’s 31st Senate District
  • Dr. Tom Haller, psychologist
  • Sheriff William Federspiel, Saginaw County
  • Al Herman, National Rifle Association Field Representative
  • Pastor Larry Camel, CEO of Parishioners on Patrol

The event will be moderated by Maureen Donegan, psychology instructor at Delta College.

Founded in 2007, the forum series is a means of engaging Delta students, faculty and community members in important political issues that impact their lives, said Lawrason, who has a passion for "waking students up to the political world around them".

"To ensure government represents your interests and values, you’ve got to be politically engaged, and the first step to being politically engaged is being politically aware," Lawrason said.

The Delta Debates Political Forum Series is sponsored by the Delta College Foundation and is free and open to the public.

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