Recent mass shootings at a movie theater in Colorado and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, as well as the Operation Fast and Furious "gun-walking" controversy, have revived debate about the role of guns in our society. In the second installment of Baker Institute Viewpoints-- a blog series that offers multiple views of a complex issue -- institute experts examine gun control, and why the political conversation about guns is unlikely to change anytime soon.
Leading off for Viewpoints on Aug. 29 is nonresident drug policy fellow Gary Hale, the former chief of intelligence for the Houston field division of the Drug Enforcement Administration. In "Corruption: A lethal weapon, too," Hale suggests focusing on corruption at the border as a way to target Texas-to-Mexico gun running.
On Aug. 30, Tony Payan, visiting Baker Institute Scholar for Immigration and Border Studies, will discuss why U.S. gun policy remains static, despite the recent high-profile killings. Nathan Jones, Alfred C. Glassell III Postdoctoral Fellow in Drug Policy, wraps up the series on Aug. 31 with a look at widely varying media accounts of Operation Fast and Furious.
- Read "Corruption: A lethal weapon, too" by nonresident drug policy fellow Gary Hale.
- Read the inaugural Baker Institute Viewpoint series on Mexico President-elect Enrique Peña Nieto's proposal to fight drug violence with a paramilitary force.
- Read a related blog by Joan Neuhaus Schaan, fellow in homeland security and terrorism, on a proposed United Nations arms trade treaty. The treaty could infringe on Americans' Second Amendment rights, Neuhaus Schaan writes.