Sedona AZ (July 10, 2016) – The July 18 monthly voter education program of the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley will feature Larry Gould, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University and Executive Director of the Western Social Science Association.
Dr. Gould’s presentation, “A Citizens Army or Armed Citizens? The Second Amendment from Madison to LaPierre” will include an overview of the first 10 amendments and how they came to be and then a detailed look at the Second Amendment and why it came into being. What were Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton thinking when they included the words, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” ?
The Second Amendment, adopted in December 15, 1791, as part of the first ten amendments contained in the Bill of Rights, is still probably the most controversial of all the amendments. According to Barbara Litrell, President of the LWVGVV, “With the headlines on escalating gun violence, it’s important for everyone to have an understanding of the amendment and the laws and to ask our candidates about their positions on issues related to gun violence. With all Arizona legislature seats up for election, it’s a good year to find out where candidates stand.”
The meeting is free and open to the public and will take place twice, from 9-10:30 at Yavapai College, 4215 Arts Village Dr., Sedona and from 12-1:30PM at Yavapai College, Clarkdale at 601 W. Black Hills Dr.
The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization dedicated to public service in the field of government. It is a national organization — open to both men and women — whose purpose is to encourage political responsibility through informed and active participation in government. The League influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League never supports or opposes political parties or candidates for elective offices.
However, the League does take positions on issues and has a position on Gun Control as adopted by the 1990 LWV Convention and amended by the 1994 and 1998 Conventions. The League of Women Voters of the United States believes that the proliferation of handguns and semi-automatic assault weapons in the United States is a major health and safety threat to its citizens. The League supports strong federal measures to limit the accessibility and regulate the ownership of these weapons by private citizens. The League supports regulating firearms for consumer safety. The League supports licensing procedures for gun ownership by private citizens to include a waiting period for background checks, personal identity verification, gun safety education and annual license renewal. The license fee should be adequate to bear the cost of education and verification. The League supports a ban on “Saturday night special,” enforcement of strict penalties for the improper possession of and crimes committed with handguns and assault weapons, and allocation of resources to better regulate and monitor gun dealers.
For more information contact Barbara Litrell 649-0135 or email@example.com.