ILSA Journal of International & Comparative Law Symposium: Global Responses to Gun Violence and its Regulatory Effect on Society



FT. LAUDERDALE/DAVIE FLA. – Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Shepard Broad College of Law ILSA Journal of International and Comparative Law hosted a half-day symposium on the global responses to gun violence and its regulatory effect on society on Friday, March 25, 2019. More than 90 individuals were in attendance.

The five panelists presenting a variety of views were Noel Flasterstein, an attorney with the Law offices of Noel H. Flasterstein, P.A.; Lauren Hogg, a sophomore at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and youngest co-founder of March for Our Lives; Christine Hunschofsky, Mayor of Parkland; and Celia Randolph and Kathryn Reeve, representing Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. The panel was moderated by Shahabudeen Khan, Associate Dean of International Programs and Associate Professor of Law at NSU Shepard Broad College of Law.

The presentations and panel discussions were wide ranging and highly spirited. The panelists agreed that the problem of gun violence does not have one solution and that no single regulation, no matter how comprehensive, will solve all issues involved. Dean Khan noted that “gun violence is a symptom of many other issues within our country, states and communities. Keeping guns out of the hands of those that intend to do harm was also an overarching theme to the morning’s discussion.”

Topics discussed included the latest gun control laws in Florida and the U.S. and balancing gun control laws with the Second Amendment and the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in District of Columbia vs. Heller. The panelists also discussed the socio-economic, cultural and racial concerns as well as the topics of gun ownership and self-defense. Commenting on the high-quality engagement among the panelists and the participants in attendance, Jon M. Garon, Dean of the College commented “the ILSA Journal program achieved an important step in developing tools to discuss politically charged topics without resorting to a political agenda or positional strategies. Instead, the conversation coalesced around what steps and solutions can forged out of the good will of the community and the common ground shared throughout the public.”

The panel emphasized that gun violence is about the people affected and that education, background checks, and the emphasis on gun safety will help communities and policy initiatives aid in passing and focusing legislation.

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