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Crucial conversation: Gun politics after Sandy Hook

GunsDecember marks the two-year anniversary of the unspeakable tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Since that time, there have been 91 additional school shootings in the United States but only very limited progress in passing new laws to help curb gun violence. Recent elections results may, however, herald an encouraging shift. Is there hope that Americans will make progress in 2015 on this challenging and frequently divisive subject?

Please come help us explore this subject with two of North Carolina’s most knowledgeable experts:

Dr. Kristin Goss is an Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies and Political Science at Duke University. Goss is the author of Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America (Princeton University Press, 2006). The book is based on her doctoral study, which won the American Political Science Association’s 2003 Harold D. Lasswell Award for the nation’s best dissertation in policy studies.
Becky Ceartas is the Director of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence – the state’s leading anti-gun violence advocacy group. Becky is a veteran policy advocate who has 13 years of organizing experience with various nonprofits. As a mother of a two year-old son, she was deeply touched by the tragedy in Newtown.

When: Thursday, December 11, at noon — Box lunches will be available at 11:45 a.m.

Where: (**NOTE NEW LOCATION**) Holiday Inn Raleigh Downtown, 320 Hillsborough St. (corner of Dawson and Hillsborough)

Space is limited – pre-registration required.

Cost: $10, admission includes a box lunch.

Click here to register

Questions?? Contact Rob Schofield at 919-861-2065 or [email protected]

8 Comments


  1. politics that work

    December 2, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Gun deaths per capita vary radically between states- http://politicsthatwork.com/graphs/gun-deaths-by-state

    At the most extreme, Alaska has more than 6 times as many gun deaths per capita as Hawaii. Given how starkly the best and worst columns split along partisan lines, policy has to be a big part of it, yet the rights of gun owners don’t actually vary hardly at all from state to state. So, that suggests that the modest inconveniences gun owners in say Iowa face that gun owners in Wyoming do not are enough to reduce gun deaths by more than half.

    North Carolina is right on the cusp. It is has the 20th most gun deaths per capita. Relatively modest shifts in policy would likely shift it into the “best” column.

  2. Abraham Collins

    December 3, 2014 at 4:27 am

    Gun violence saves lives. It is often used to stop the criminal element dead in their tracks. If you want those criminals to prevail over the law-abiding then I have nothing to say to you.

  3. ML

    December 3, 2014 at 11:03 am

    I wish you had nothing to say to anyone. Gun violence by definition ends lives. Not all criminals need to be shot in their tracks to stop them (incredible that I have to type such a sentence…).

  4. ZEUS

    December 3, 2014 at 10:23 pm

    Someone enters my house at 0 dark 30 they WILL be stopped dead in their tracks.
    The 91 school shootings is inflated.
    http://www.factcheck.org/2014/06/spinning-statistics-on-school-shootings/

  5. Rich

    December 4, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Mental health is the avenue to gun confiscation..
    Media and politicians push gun control in a dishonest manner….

    http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/who-is-mentally-ill/

  6. Rich

    December 4, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    my comment is awaiting moderation?

  7. Alan

    December 4, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    Not surprising that ANY article relating to guns brings out the GUN NUTS here. It’s so sad that the NRA narative is repeated so often by those unable to think for themselves. Afer all, we live in the safest society on the planet thanks to the amount of guns in circulation, right?

  8. Richard

    December 14, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    The mass majority of gun purchasers in the last several years have neither contact, nor membership in the NRA. This president and his minions appear to be the greatest catalyst of record gun sales. Further, according to the Department of Justice’s own National Institute of Justice /Bureau of Justice Statistics, and the FBI Uniform Crime Report, when and where there are fewer gun restrictions and less gun control, there are fewer and declining violent crimes and fewer and declining gun accidents. That has been the trend since 1993 when concealed carry provisions were accelerated on a state-by-state basis.

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