Panel Discussion Sheds Light on Violence in America

By KBJR News 1

April 2, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Recent mass shootings in Connecticut and Colorado brought together a panel of experts in Duluth tonight to discuss violence in America.

Representing different disciplines such as sociology, psychology, and criminal justice, panelists explored the cause and effect of violence in the United States.

A few interesting statistics that came out of the discussion included:

Violence in the United States has been on the decline since the 1990s.

Men are more likely than women to own a gun and be more violent.

The United States has the highest homicide rate than other industrialized countries.

90% of Americans support universal background checks for purchasing fire arms.

The year 2012 saw the most mass shootings.

"The point of this is to show that it's not simple but none the less we should be proactive and do what we can, and by having various different experts take on different perspectives we are hoping to shed some light on this complicated problem, but very very important one for us," said Shane Courtland, Director of Ethics and Public Policy at UMD.

The event was put together by many members of the community for the community.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.