Guns in a Free Society
Our first topic in the multiplatform THINK! initiative 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.
As the initiative grows, THINK! will engage the community in public gatherings and online forums, through social media, direct-to-web videos, a televised town hall meeting and live streaming.
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
Live Broadcast Event
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).