Professor of Religious Studies and Human Dimensions of Organizations at the University of Texas at Austin
Pro to the question "Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?"
"There is no need for a civilized society to tolerate the type of gun-related violence that Americans seem to accept as normal. The solution to gun-related crime isn't further arming the public. It involves enacting comprehensive gun control laws that prohibit many forms of gun ownership, significantly curtailing or eliminating access to and the ability to purchase guns, and implementing programs in which the government confiscates or purchases illegal guns already in circulation among the public.
For those firearms that are legal, ownership should be tied not only to background checks, but to extensive and mandatory training in the safe use and storage of weapons.
In an era of extreme concern about national security, Americans need to recognize that one of the greatest threats to national security is their own heavily armed population. Unfortunately, our proven inability to handle widespread gun ownership suggests strongly that the way to do this is to deeply restrict access to and ownership of most types of guns."
"University of Texas Professor: Gun Control, National Security and Waco," www.newsok.com, May 20, 2015
Experts Individuals with PhDs, JDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to guns and gun policies; and high-level federal government officials significantly involved in gun-related issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
Visiting Professor, Center for International Education at Waseda University, Summer 2014
Professor, Department of Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2013-present
Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2013-present
Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 2013-present
Centennial Commission in the Liberal Arts Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, 2012-present
Associate Professor, Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2006-2012
Associate Professor, Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2006-2012
Associate Professor, Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, 2006-2012
Faculty Associate, Population Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, 2001-present
Director, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2004-2007
Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin, 2001-2006
Research Affiliate, Population Studies Center, University of Michigan, 1999-2001
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, California State University, Fullerton, 1999-2001
Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Michigan, 1999
Instructor, Pennsylvania Governor's School for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh, 1997
PhD, Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh, 1997
MAR (Masters of Arts in Religion), Religion and Social Ethics, Yale University, 1986
BA, Political Science (International Relations and Political Philosophy), University of Massachusetts at Lowell, 1983