Claim your rights

Roger Hartley, professor of  political science and public affairs at Western Carolina University, published an opinion piece in Mountain Xpress yesterday on gay marriage and rights.  “The Supreme Court made a historic decision this past term when it struck down a portion of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, recognizing that legally married same-sex couples have the […]

WCU students share their gun violence ‘number’

After losing a dear friend, Dr. Roger Hartley, associate professor of political science at Western Carolina University, created a Facebook group called “What is Your Number? Our Network of Gun Violence.” The group has gained national attention through MSNBC and The Washington Post. Dr. Hartley spoke with WCJ about his project. Read the full story […]

What is your number? A conversation on guns in America

  The debate over gun control in the United States has been going on for years, and since the Sandy Hook shooting, the debate has intensified and gained a lot of media attention. You almost cannot watch the news without hearing accounts of gun violence, pundits weighing in on the issue, or information on what […]

Let’s strengthen state’s weak gun laws

We are republishing the opinion from Dr. Roger Hartley, Associate Professor at WCU Political Science and Public Affairs Department published in Asheville Citizen-Times on Jan. 18. In the wake of the tragic shootings in Newtown, Conn., and in the midst of our current national debate on gun laws, I’d like to share some information about […]