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Panel explores issues surrounding gun violence prevention

Feb. 22, 2018—About the same time a Vanderbilt University School of Medicine panel discussion on gun violence prevention ended Feb. 14 in Light Hall, a heavily armed young man barged into his former high school in Parkland, Florida, and opened fire on students and teachers, killing 17 and injuring others.

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‘Gun Violence Prevention: A Community Conversation’ Feb. 14

Feb. 1, 2018—A panel discussion on gun violence prevention, along with a moderated public debate, will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 14, at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

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Bundy acquittal, Trump loss may inspire future militia action: Vanderbilt expert

Oct. 28, 2016—Sociologist Amy Cooter says the acquittal may set a "legal and psychological precedent" for groups seeking to take action against a federal government they mistrust.

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Experts on mass shootings, guns in America, and political perceptions after terrorism

Jun. 13, 2016—Vanderbilt University's Jonathan Metzl, a mental health and mass shootings expert, and Liz Zechmeister, who studies perceptions of political leaders after terrorism, shed light on the Orlando mass shooting.

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The Conversation: Are looser gun laws changing the social fabric of Missouri?

Mar. 10, 2016—Jonathan Metzl, director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, writes: "Again and again, people with whom I spoke raised concerns, not just about the lethal potential of firearms, but about the ways that allowing guns into previously gun-free communal spaces might impact a host of commonplace civic encounters as well."

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How are big health issues being handled in the U.S. South? Leaders to discuss Affordable Care Act, gun control, income differences, more

Feb. 17, 2016—The complex and often under-addressed political issues facing health and health care in the United States will be tackled March 17-18 during a major interdisciplinary conference at Vanderbilt University, "The Politics of Health in the U.S. South." The conference is free and open to the public.

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TIP SHEET: Mental health and society expert can comment on Holmes sentence

Aug. 3, 2015—Jonathan Metzl of Vanderbilt University can comment on the sentencing of Colorado theater shooter James Holmes.

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James Holmes mass shooting trial – mental health and gun violence expert available

Jan. 19, 2015—Jury selection is set to begin in the mass shooting trial James Holmes. Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and injuring 70 more when he allegedly opened fire in a Colorado movie theatre in 2012. Vanderbilt psychiatrist, sociologist director of the Center for Medicine, Health and Society Dr. Jonathan Metzl, is an expert on gun violence and mental illness.

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Mental Illness is the wrong scapegoat after mass shootings

Dec. 11, 2014—An extensive new study by two Vanderbilt University researchers challenges common assumptions about gun violence and mental illness that often emerge in the aftermath of mass shootings.

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Metzl on Mental Illness and Gun Violence

Sep. 26, 2014—After the horrific mass murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2011, a conservative commentator claimed that “guns don’t kill people—the mentally ill do.” Metzl believes this attitude is based on misconceptions about mental illness and violence that obscure larger issues about gun violence in America.

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Vanderbilt expert: Mental illness is often not to blame in mass shootings

Apr. 8, 2014—When a mass shooting occurs there are often two camps of thought: those who feel the country needs stronger gun laws and those who blame the horrific act on mental illness.

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