Newswise — Gregg Lee Carter, professor of sociology at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I. is a nationally recognized scholar of guns in America. He says Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-hui exemplifies what is wrong with current gun-control laws in the United States.

"Cho was really a poster child for the failure of gun control in our country," he says. "Everybody who wrote the Brady Law and the Gun Control Act of 1968 did so with the intention that someone like Cho never obtain a firearm"┬Žand he got two of them without any trouble."

Carter is the author of numerous books on the topic, including: Gun Control in the United States: A Reference Handbook; Guns in American Society; and The Gun Control Movement. He can offer insights on access to guns and on the debate of constitutional rights to keep and bear arms versus that of public safety.

Carter chairs the department of history and social sciences at Bryant University. His Web page: