UNL to Discuss Gun Violence in Upcoming Panel


More than 58,000 Americans died in the Vietnam War. This roughly equates to the same number killed by firearms in the United States every two years.

Some Americans believe that the nation has a gun violence problem and they want to know why and what can be done about it.

These questions will be the focus of a two-hour interactive public conversation on gun violence in America.

The discussion panel will begin at 7 p.m. on March 5, at the Nebraska Union Auditorium, on 14th and R streets.

"Point Blank: A Conversation about Gun Violence" will feature seven panelists, each representing a different perspective.

They will discuss what they see as both the problems and potential solutions to gun violence in America. Susan Poser, dean of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law, will serve as moderator.

Panelists include:

  • Andy Allen, Nebraska Firearms Owners Association lobbyist.
  • Eric Berger, UNL constitutional law professor.
  • Mark Christensen, Nebraska state senator.
  • Steve Joel, Lincoln Public Schools superintendent.
  • Mario Scalora, UNL psychology professor and an expert in threat assessment.
  • Todd Schmaderer, Omaha police chief.
  • Susan Swearer, UNL psychology professor and co-director of the Bullying Research Network.

The event is free and open to the public.

It also will be televised on TimeWarner cable Channel 21, broadcast on Radio KRNU, 90.3 FM, and live-streamed at

Interested individuals can follow the discussion on Twitter at #unlpointblank and find details on Facebook at