A spate of recent high-profile massacres, including the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, has sparked a vigorous national conversation about designing new laws - at the state and federal level - that protect all citizens, including the rights of responsible gun owners. More than 30,000 people die in American annually from gun violence, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our panel will discuss the national issues and California's role in the dialogue regarding proposals to ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines, to pass stricter laws to buy and license guns and ammunition, to require gun vendors to do background checks on potential owners, and report sales so law enforcement can track guns and their owners.
John Diaz is the Editorial page editor for the San Francisco Chronicle.
Sergeant Kelly Dunn became an officer for the San Francisco Police Department in 2001. Prior to becoming a police officer, she worked in mental health as a psychiatric technician for the Mobile Crisis Treatment teams in San Francisco and Oakland, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at the University of California, San Francisco, the Tom Smith Substance Abuse Treatment Center at San Francisco General Hospital, and at the Mount Zion Crisis Clinic. Before these positions, her first job in mental health was at Napa State Hospital on an all male forensic unit.
Sergeant Dunn's education began at Mount San Jacinto College and she received her psychiatric technician license from Napa Valley College. She is currently working on her Bachelor of Science degree at California State University, Long Beach. She is also trained and certified in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and is a Certified Chemical Dependency Nurse.
Recognized by the San Francisco Business Times with the "40 under 40 Emerging Leaders Award" in 2012, Gene has deep experience with building companies that disrupt markets. Prior to Vindicia, Gene co-founded eMusic in January 1998 and served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director. As head of eMusic, Gene was featured on the cover of Forbes Magazine as a member of the July 1999 E-Gang, and named one of the 100 most influential entrepreneurs in technology in Upside Magazine's November 2000 Elite 100. Gene led the acquisition of eMusic by Vivendi/Universal in June 2001.
Before founding eMusic Gene was Director of Business Development and Director of Interactive Marketing of Pretty Good Privacy. Gene joined Pretty Good Privacy after it acquired PrivNet, Inc., an Internet privacy software company, where he was co-founder, Director and Executive Vice President.
Nancy Skinner is a Democratic member of the California State Assembly from California's 15th State Assembly district. Skinner served as a member of the East Bay Regional Park Board, representing Ward 1 from 2006 to 2008, and had previously founded and worked for several non-profit groups on global warming and other issues related to environmental policy. Skinner was a member of the Berkeley City Council from 1984 to 1992.
Skinner attended the University of California, Berkeley and earned both a B.S. from the College of Natural Resources and a Masters in Education from the UC Berkeley School of Education.
Benjamin Van Houten
Benjamin Van Houten is the Managing Attorney for the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.
Nancy Skinner, member of the California State Assembly, explains why restrictions on gun rights is better for society and public safety. Benjamin Van Houten, managing attorney of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, further asserts that the preventing gun access requires stronger safeguards.
Benjamin Van Houten, managing attorney of the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, argues why the United States of America must pass national legislation on gun restrictions. Citing America's history of intolerance and racism, Gene Hoffman, chairman of the Calguns Foundation, asserts that restrictions on gun curtail our right to self-protection.