Event Archive 2012-2013

Under the Gun: The National Debate Over Gun Control – 4/17/2013

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The John R. Park Debate Society (the University of Utah Forensics Team) is pleased to host Senator Allen M. Christensen, W. Clark Aposhian (FairWarning), Mitch Vilos (Utah Gun Law Attorney & Author), Jean Hill (Salt Lake Catholic Diocese), Maryann Martindale (Alliance for a Better Utah), and Steve Gunn (Utah Gun Violence Prevention Center) in a public forum focused on the controversial question of gun control and firearms restrictions.

What:     “Under the Gun: The National Debate Over Gun Control” presented by the John R. Park Debate Society
Who:      Senator Allen M. Christensen, W. Clark Aposhian (FairWarning), Mitch Vilos (Utah Gun Law Attorney & Author), Jean Hill (Salt Lake Catholic Diocese), Maryann Martindale (Alliance for a Better Utah), and Steve Gunn (Utah Gun Violence Prevention Center)
When:    Wednesday, April 17, 2013 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM
Where:   Social & Behavioral Sciences Auditorium, University of Utah Campus

Guests in this event were active participants in the recent legislative and public debate over House Bill 76 (HB76), which would have expanded the ability for Utah residents to carry concealed firearms. HB76 passed both houses of the state legislature, but was vetoed by Governor Herbert on March 22nd.  Herbert explained the veto, stating “I have yet to receive any credible evidence that Utah’s current permit process constitutes a hardship.” And, that existing Utah permit procedures, “ha[ve] been in place for decades, and in its current form for more than 15 years. In that time, it has become a national model.”

Senator Allen M. Christensen (R) has represented Senate District 19 since 2005 and was Senate Sponsor of HB76. He disagreed with the governor’s veto, explaining it as “buckling into the fear of guns right now.” Gun Violence Prevention Center board member, Steve Gunn, praised the governor’s veto. He commented, “I think it showed courage on the governor’s part, and good sense. The governor has said all along that he didn’t like the bill and that he didn’t see a reason to change the existing system. So his action is consistent with his words, which is refreshing in a politician.”

Clark Aposhian of Fair Warning, Maryann Martindale of Alliance for a Better, and Jean Hill of the Salt Lake Catholic Diocese also weighed in regularly during the initial legislative debate over the legislation.

In addition, the University of Utah Forensics Team will be conducting a demonstration debate on the resolution, “Resolved: The USFG should enact the Assault Weapons Ban.”

The event is free and open to the public.

For additional information, please contact Michael Middleton (m.middleton@utah.edu; 801-581-6454) and visit the University of Utah Forensics website at debate.utah.edu.

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Whose Choice?: The Debate Over Women’s Health – 11/28/12

The John R. Park Debate Society (the University of Utah Forensics Team) is pleased to host Representative Carol Spackman Moss, Gayle Ruzicka of The Eagle Forum, Heather Stringfellow of Planned Parenthood and others in a public debate on the controversial question of women’s access to contraception and/or abortion.

What: “Whose Choice?: The Debate Over Women’s Health” presented by the John R. Park Debate Society

Who: Rep. Carol Spackman Moss, Gayle Ruzicka of The Eagle Forum, Heather Stringfellow of PlannedParenthood, and others

When: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Where: Social Work Auditorium, University of Utah Campus

Guests in this debate recently participated in legislative discussions over House Bill 461 (HB461), which requires a 72 hour waiting period for a woman seeking an abortion and that the woman receive information on termination procedures, gestational stages of the fetus and alternative options to abortion.

Sponsor of the bill Representative Steve Eliason (R) explains, “An abortion cannot be undone… Why would we not want to afford a woman facing a life-changing decision 72 hours to consider ramifications that could last a lifetime?” HB461 was signed by Governor Gary Herbert in March 2012 and makes Utah the first state in the United States with a 72-hour waiting period.

Debate participant and Utah State Representative Carol Spackman-Moss (D) has represented House District 37 since 2001 and was the only House member to speak against HB461. She argued, “I think this is another example of government intrusion into the private, difficult decisions that adults have to make.”

Planned Parenthood and The Eagle Forum both weighed in on opposing sides of the HB461 debate. Planned Parenthood strongly opposed the legislation and supports increased contraception and abortion access for women. The Eagle Forum strongly supported the legislation and advocates for “pro-family” policies that include decreased access to abortion.

In addition to the public debate, the University of Utah Forensics Team will be conducting a demonstration debate on the resolution, “Resolved: The State of Utah should significantly increase women’s access to contraception and/or abortion.” 

The event is free and open to the public. For streaming video of the event, click here or here (Please note, the first 3 minutes of audio and video were corrupted. The video begins with the debate in progress).

For additional information, please contact Michael Middleton (m.middleton@utah.edu; 801-581-6454) and visit the University of Utah Forensics website at debate.utah.edu.