Professor Joseph Olson presented at the conference, "Guns in America: Conflicting Points of View" sponsored by the Wisconsin Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison last week.
Olson's presentation, "The Dimensions of Self-defense Under the Second Amendment: Not as Trivial as Some Believe," opened the discussion on legal issues at the conference.
Olson has taught at Hamline Law since 1974. He has an interest in firearms regulation both as a constitutional and a practical matter. He co-wrote amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in the important gun control cases of Heller v. D.C. and Chicago v. McDonald and has written numerous articles, including “Gun Control: Political Fears Trump Crime Control” (with Clayton E. Cramer) and “What Did “Bear Arms” Mean in the Second Amendment?” (also with Clayton E. Cramer).
The conference addressed gun ownership by private citizens, one of the most hotly debated issues in America today. The event gathered researchers representing contrasting points of view and four different academic disciplines for a thoughtful discussion of these important questions. The Wisconsin Center for the Study of Liberal Democracy is located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The missions of the center are to promote critical understanding and appreciation of the cardinal principles and institutions of liberal democracy, and to advance intellectual diversity on campus by the presentation of all relevant viewpoints pertaining to liberal democracy.
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