On April 7, James Jacobs, Chief Warren E. Burger Professor of Constitutional Law and the Courts and director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice, participated in a panel discussion at Princeton University on “Guns in America.” The discussion, sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, was held in conjunction with a new photo exhibition that features gun owners from around the country.

The panel also included Peter Brooks, Princeton’s Mellon Visiting Professor in Comparative Literature and the University Center for Human Values, and Nicholas Johnson, a professor of law at Fordham University School of Law. Stanley Katz, a lecturer with the rank of professor in public and international affairs at Princeton, moderated.

The discussion focused on issues documented by photographer Kyle Cassidy’s exhibition, “Guns in America,” currently on view at Princeton’s Bernstein Gallery. Cassidy crisscrossed the country for two years and 15,000 miles meeting American gun owners, photographing them in their homes, and asking them just one question: “Why do you own a gun?”