UW News

September 29, 2000

Police chief Kerlikowske to join Law School forum on gun violence

Amid public concern over a recent local crime wave, Seattle Police Chief Gil Kerlikowske will appear Monday at the University of Washington Law School to discuss proposals for reducing gun violence.

Joining him on the panel will be leaders of gun-control and gun-rights groups, along with public-health officials who will discuss their recent findings on King County gun deaths and injuries. According to their report, gun deaths are down overall but firearms have replaced motor vehicles as the leading cause of fatal injury for several groups of county residents: males, African Americans, Asians between 15 and 24, and Native Americans between 15 and 24.

The forum will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Condon Hall room 109, 1100 N.E. Campus Parkway, two blocks west of the main campus. It will be moderated by Hubert Locke, professor and former dean of the UW’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs. Titled “Current Initiatives and Future Strategies for Reducing Gun Violence in Our Community,” the event is sponsored by the Law School’s Career Planning and Public Service Center.

In addition to Kerlikowske, panelists include Bob Scales, assistant director for public safety in Seattle’s Strategic Planning Office; Tony Gomez, manager for violence and injury prevention at Public Health-Seattle & King County; Joe Waldron, executive director of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms; and Tom Wales, president of Washington Ceasefire.
For more information, contact Paula Littlewood, assistant law dean, at (206) 685-1998 or pcl@u.washington.edu.