Let's think about the issues that confound and divide us.
WATCH: THINK! Guns in a Free Society: A Community Forum
Moderator Chris Moore leads a panel discussion that explores productive ideas for living with guns in a free society. The topics will focus on mental health and guns, gun safety as a cultural norm, and the economic impact of guns in our communities. Co-host Lisa Washington fields audience and social media questions.
Panelists include Christine Michaels (NAMI), Dr. David Brent (University of Pittsburgh), Valerie Dixon (Coalition Against Violence), Peter Georgiades (F.I.R.E.), Jody Salerno (NRA Instructor), Klint Macro (NRA Training Counselor), Karen Hacker (Allegheny County Health Dept.), Preston Shimer (Local Government Academy), Tim Stevens (B-PEP).
Premiered on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 8:00pm
Guns in a Free Society
Our first topic in this ongoing series is Guns in a Free Society. Our conversations will not focus on politics or Second Amendment issues. Instead, we hope to explore productive ideas for living with guns in a free society. Our community partner is the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh. This historic organization is a dedicated proponent of strategies that will increase gun safety and reduce gun violence. The discussions will focus on the following three areas:
• Mental Health and Guns
• Promoting Gun Safety as a Cultural Norm
• The Economic Impact of Guns in Our Communities
Now we invite you to participate in our Online Community Forum - where you can contribute thoughtful conversation on these important issues in our "Virtual Town Square."
THINK! is a new series of initiatives that begins fall 2016 on WQED. THINK! is a call to action – and interaction – that invites a broad spectrum of voices and organizations to join together and collaborate around issues that confound and divide us. THINK! seeks to optimize public interaction, and, to do so, WQED is partnering with the Art of Democracy, an award-winning organization that fosters informed and inclusive public engagement. The Art of Democracy, working closely with WQED, will develop a community engagement process that will enlist a diverse and inclusive group of civic organizations. We’ll spread the word and encourage participation in thoughtful, productive conversations. Conversations that matter to you, your neighbors and your community. Those conversations will happen here – on this web page and in the social media realm. And in real time, at face-to-face community forums near you. The many voices taking part in the initiative will coalesce in hour-long broadcast specials from the WQED studios where experts, civic leaders and community members come together. Be part of the conversation and join us for THINK!