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Speakers to Present International Perspective to Gun Culture in U.S.


Two German police representatives -- Det. Captain Franz Plueckthun, commander of Undercover Operations of the Bavarian State Police, and Michael Tentler, consultant for the German BKA (FBI) -- will lead a discussion on how the issues of gun control are being handled in Europe.

Hafeez Muhammad, long-time resident and community activist of Chicago, will address the problem of gun shootings in his city.

These points of view, along with those of some Eastern Illinois University faculty members, will be presented during a two-hour gun forum beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in Lumpkin Hall Auditorium on the EIU campus. There will be a question-and-answer period after the presentations.

A post-forum reception has been planned to allow the speakers to visit with members of the audience.

According to event organizers, it is hoped that this forum will provide a focal point for the gun policy challenge through the interaction of students, faculty and members of the community. The public is invited to attend this event free of charge.

Sponsors are EIU's Political Science Department and the Public Policy Institute. For information, please contact Kevin Anderson at 217-581-2619 or