GREENVILLE -

East Carolina University will host a debate on national gun control legislation at 7 p.m. on Feb. 6 in the Mendenhall Student Center’s Hendrix Theatre.

Facing off on the topic are John Lott Jr. author of several books including “More Guns, Less Crime” and “The Bias Against Guns,” and Paul Helmke, who was president of the Brady Campaign/Center to Prevent Gun Violence for five years.

The debate is part of the Talking Across Difference series, a collaborative effort to bring people together to exchange varying viewpoints on timely and challenging issues.

Students may enjoy an educational opportunity to hear discussion of the pros and cons of gun control on campus, said ECU junior Michael Carter, vice president of the ECU Residence Hall Association. ECU senior Janice Raines, Student Activities Board initiatives chair, agreed that hearing varied opinions is critical for students. “I hope they will leave the event with information from both sides so they can continue the conversation with friends and the community,” she said.

RHA is co-sponsoring the debate with about a dozen student organizations and university departments including Campus Living, ECU Police, the Department of Criminal Justice, Student Government Association and the Student Activities Board.

No tickets are required to attend.