A Discussion Amidst A Debate

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

The Second Amendment consists of one sentence. It contains 27 words and 119 characters. Since its ratification on December 15, 1791, the language used in this article has created considerable debate regarding its intended scope. Many argue that it was designed to guarantee the right for citizens to carry and own firearms. Others argue that the preliminary statement regarding a well regulated militia indicate that Congress intended primarily to maintain a state’s right to self-defense.

Today, as society and technology has progressed a number of additional questions have been raised about the scope and limits of one’s constitutional right to possess a firearm. When, if ever, should society deem an individual unfit to own or carry a gun?

On Wednesday, April 24, the UIAA’s Lifelong Learning program is proud to feature a discussion regarding the Second Amendment and mental health. Join us as Todd Pettys, UI College of Law associate dean for faculty and H. Blair and Joan V. White Chair in civil litigation, and James Potash, UI professor, Head of Psychiatry, and Paul W. Penningroth Chair, examine the ramifications of recent court rulings and review steps we can take to help mentally ill patients.

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is due by noon on Wednesday, April 17.

Learn more and register here.


Lifelong Learning Presents:

Second Amendment and Mental Health Issues Discussion

When: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Where: National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium (Map)

Cost: Free and open to the public.


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