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Guns vs. Speech

Does the 2nd Amendment Threaten the 1st?

Past: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 12:00 pm
This is a virtual event
  • Dr. Mary Anne Franks
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  • Darrell A.H. Miller
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  • Eric Ruben
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  • Eugene Volokh
  • Tim Zick
Guns vs. Speech

Over the last year, peace­ful demon­strat­ors across the United States have been met by armed indi­vidu­als and self-proclaimed “mili­tias.” Between Janu­ary 2020 and June 2021, at least 560 protests included the pres­ence of armed indi­vidu­als other than law enforce­ment. One out of six of those demon­stra­tions repor­ted viol­ent or destruct­ive activ­ity, accord­ing to research from Everytown for Gun Safety.

Can speech be free when armed counter-protest­ers mix with unarmed protest­ers? What does this tension between the freedoms protec­ted by our Consti­tu­tion’s First and Second Amend­ments bode for demo­cracy? And should state laws regard­ing the pres­ence of guns at polling places be strengthened?

To answer these ques­tions — and look at what this loom­ing conflict may mean in the Supreme Court — Bren­nan Center Fellow Eric Ruben (SMU Dedman School of Law) joins a group of prom­in­ent legal schol­ars: Mary Anne Franks (Univer­sity of Miami School of Law), Darrell Miller (Duke Univer­sity School of Law), Eugene Volokh (UCLA School of Law), and Timothy Zick (William & Mary Law School).

This event is produced in part­ner­ship with New York University’s John Brademas Center.


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