Last updated on: 6/9/2015 12:18:39 PM PST | Author: ProCon.org

John Traphagan, PhD, MAR Biography

Title:
Professor of Religious Studies and Human Dimensions of Organizations at the University of Texas at Austin
Position:
Pro to the question "Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?"
Reasoning:

“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

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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
Education:
  • 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
Contact Info:
Phone
512-232-0874
Email
[email protected]
Website
University of Texas at Austin biography
Other:
  • Instructor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Anthropology, 1996
  • Teaching Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Anthropology, 1994
  • Twitter handle: @JohnTraphagan
Quoted in:
Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted in the United States? – Pro & Con Quotes