Guns in American Society

This year’s annual Shasha Seminar for Human Concerns, made possible by a generous grant from the Shasha family, will convene experts, including Wesleyan alumni, from different fields across the country to examine current debates about the role of guns in American history, society, law and politics.

On average, 68 percent of murders and 51 percent of suicides in the United States today involve guns, with 48 school shootings in the United States in 2016. What is the current state of laws regarding gun possession and use in the United States, including on college campuses? What do we know, or think we know, about the gun debate in the country? Are there any areas of agreement among those on all sides of the debate who are concerned about the scourge of gun violence? What are the lessons from history? Are there paths forward to reduce the incidence of gun-related violence and death in the United States?

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Hotel rooms have been reserved at the following location. To receive the special event rate, please use the reference “Shasha” when booking your rooms:

The Inn at Middletown
70 Main Street
Middletown, Connecticut 06457
(860) 854-6300

Friday $185/night  (Inn is fully booked)

Raddison Hotel Cromwell
100 Berlin Rd, Cromwell, CT 06416
(860) 635-2000