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Paul Helmke

Paul Helmke

Paul Helmke is Professor of Practice at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University in Bloomington. He previously served as mayor of Fort Wayne from 1988-2000 and was President/CEO of the Brady Center/Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence from 2006-2011.

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Bill eliminating Gary gun lawsuit sets dangerous precedent

By: - February 8, 2024

When I was in the active practice of law, I was used to winning some cases and losing others. When my client lost at the trial level, I would sometimes appeal to a higher court if I felt the legal rules had not been applied correctly at the trial court level. Regardless of the result, […]

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Lessons from a Departed Council Member

By: - August 8, 2022

While the late Dr. John N. Crawford may not have been well known around the state, he was one of the most respected and consequential public servants in the Fort Wayne area over the past 30 years. And we can all learn lessons from how he lived his life. His sudden death from a heart […]

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Rare action on guns – in courts and Congress

By: - July 5, 2022

While there is often a lot of talk about measures to reduce gun violence, and just as frequent push-back, it is rare to see as much action on gun issues as we’ve experienced in the last two weeks. On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision expanding the Second Amendment to guns carried […]