Panel to discuss gun control

Linfield CollegeA panel discussion analyzing recent mass shootings and ongoing gun crime in America will be held Tuesday, March 19, at 11:45 a.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

“What Should Oregon do about Gun Violence?” will feature James Huffman, dean emeritus of Lewis & Clark Law School; Penny Okamoto, executive director of Ceasefire Oregon; and Chris Bouneff, executive director of The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Oregon. They will offer their opinions on the source of gun violence and answer the question Congress is still debating − what should America do about gun violence?

Huffman is the author of more than 100 articles and chapters on constitutional law, natural resources law and jurisprudence. In 2010, he was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate.

Okamoto directs Ceasefire Oregon, an organization with the mission to prevent gun violence by advocating effective gun laws. The organization works to inform the public and legislators about gun violence.

Bouneff heads The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Oregon, an organization that uses education, support and advocacy to improve the quality of life of individuals living with mental illness.

The debate is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Frederick Douglass Forum on Law, Rights and Justice. For more information, contact Nick Buccola, assistant professor of political science, 503-883-2246,