The topics of gun violence, gun control, and the right to bear arms are constantly in the news. The Second Amendment guarantees Americans the freedom to own guns. Why wasn’t this freedom incorporated into the First Amendment, along with freedom of the press, speech, religion, and right of assembly?
Reed College professor Pancho Savery will lead participants in a discussion about why the Second Amendment exists. The conversation will consider the special circumstances that made the freedom to own guns important enough to merit its own amendment.
Pancho Savery is professor of English, humanities, and American studies at Reed College, where he teaches courses in American literature post-1850, African American literature, and modern and contemporary American and European drama. For the past twelve years, he has worked with Oregon Humanities on the Humanity in Perspective program. Recent poems appear in Hubbub.
Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Oregon Humanities, formerly the Oregon Council for the Humanities, was established in 1971 and is one of five statewide partners of the Oregon Cultural Trust.