Description of this Master Class for Students
This master class for students will take place in person. An alternative, digital participation in Zoom is also possible.
The role of guns is maybe the strangest aspect of US society from a German point of view. For many Americans, possessing a firearm is nothing less than a fundamental civil right. Many others point to the disturbingly high number of gun related deaths through accident, suicide, crime, and mass shootings and call for much stricter gun control legislation. The fronts are hardened, the debates bitter, and no consensus or compromise is in sight. The “Never Again” movement started by survivors of the 2018 Parkland school shooting is just the latest chapter in a decades-old struggle.
This talk will examine the debates on gun ownership, gun control, and gun violence in the US with a special focus on the mass shootings in schools and public places that have plagued American society for years. Why is opposition to gun control so adamant? What solutions and measures have been proposed and would any of them actually work? What is the role of federal and state governments in all of this? As usual, satirical cartoons and videos will add some dark humor to these grim topics.
This lecture is free of charge. Reservations can be made via E-Mail by school teachers and individual students grades 11 through 13. Please include the number of students and your school's name with your registration.
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About the Lecturer
Dr. Markus Hünemörder is a lecturer and academic adviser at the LMU Munich. His interests lie in U.S. politics and political culture. Dr. Hünemörder implements his thorough expert knowledge in these fields in order to inform his audiences about important U.S. topics. All the while, he uses just the right amount of humor and satirical cultural references to bring these topics into perspective.
Amerikahaus – Bavarian Center for Transatlantic Relations
Karolinenplatz 3, 80333, München