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Open Talk | Gun control: Protecting our future with lessons learnt

5.15pm Friday 28 February
University of Otago, Wellington | 23A Mein Street | Newtown

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For decades, New Zealanders allowed the gun lobby to dictate public policy on firearms. New legislation offers an opportunity to remedy this, but will tactics so successful in the past once again weaken public safety? What is the real influence of the NRA? Why are so many gun owners determined to encourage children to fire guns? How did such a small minority wield such power to prevent change? Why do they believe that licensed gun owners are a special class of people? Some of the answers will be heard here.

Speaker – Associate Professor Philip Alpers

Philip Alpers is founding director of, a global nonpartisan project at the University of Sydney, School of Public Health which compares armed violence, firearm injury prevention and gun law across 350 jurisdictions world-wide. A former senior fellow at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center, Alpers is a policy analyst in the effects of armed violence on public health and human rights. Over two decades he has joined government delegations to the United Nations to reduce global gun violence, and his publications include several impact analyses of Australia’s firearm legislation, its public health effects and international comparisons.

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This talk is also available by livestream.

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Date Friday, 28 February 2020
Time 5:15pm - 6:30pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Public Lecture
DepartmentPublic Health (Wellington)
Location23A Mein Street, Newtown, Wellington (next to Wellington Hospital).

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