Guns and Society: An Ethical Discussion

Forum at Adrian College to be held on February 12 at 7:00 pm

ADRIANMich. –The Adrian College Institute for Ethics will sponsor a discussion on the sensitive subject of the ethical values that surround gun ownership, usage and control. The issue will be framed by asking the questions of what individual or social good is gained through the availability of guns or what is gained through restriction. This forum is open to the public providing opportunity for questions and answers from the audience for the panelists. The forum will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in Dawson Auditorium at Adrian College.

In the wake of the Newtown shootings, the issue of gun control has once again risen to the forefront of discourse across the US and in our community. In the media, on personal blogs, at schools and in social circles, the gun debate carries passionate pro- and anti-gun sentiments.


The forum will offer a venue for open, free and honest discussion and debate in a non-threatening setting—a scenario that is often missing in media coverage of these issues.  An introduction will be provided by Dr. Melissa Stewart, who will share a personal of her travels to Newtown to lead the funeral service for a child of close friends who was killed in the shooting. Her story will touch upon her personal observations of the human consequences resulting from these recent shootings.


Confirmed panelists include, Lenawee County Sheriff Jack Welsh, Professors Dave Coy, and Tony Coumoundouros, Dr. Jamison J. Grime, Superintendent, Montpelier Exempted Village Schools, Jim Berryman, UniServe Director of Michigan Education Association, and potential panelists Dr. David Raney, Hillsdale College and Steven Dulan, J.D. Dr. Fritz Detwiler, Director ofthe Institute for Ethics, will moderate the forum.


This forum is being co-sponsored by Romney Institute for Law and Policy. For additional information, please contact Fritz Detwiler