Courageous Conversations: Gun Policy

Saturday, April 23, 2022 — 10:30 am to 11:30 am
Join us for an open, respectful conversation about Gun Policy. All backgrounds and viewpoints are welcome in the discussion. Each participant is asked to read this month’s articles on the topic prior to the discussion.

April 23, 2022

Events > Courageous Conversations: Gun Policy

Event Information


Saturday, April 23, 2022
10:30 am to 11:30 am
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Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
234 Kensington Road
Berlin, CT

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    Courageous Conversations is a small-group discussion series that will provide an opportunity for people of all backgrounds and viewpoints to discuss important local, cultural, social, and political issues in a safe environment where differing opinions, patient listening, and respectful discussion are welcomed as a necessary part of building connection with others and identifying shared values. Participants may be asked to read short articles, books, or listen to podcasts prior to the meetings and will be asked to abide by our shared discussion guidelines.

    Library staff will facilitate the conversations and ensure that all participants have the opportunity to share in the discussion.

    The event is in person and attendance space is limited; please remember to register.


    April’s Topic is Gun Policy

    How do we allow people to own and use guns safely while preventing access to those who would use guns to hurt themselves or others? Join us for an open, respectful discussion of gun policy in America.

    All backgrounds and viewpoints are welcome, and prior attendance at Courageous Conversations is not required.

    Participants are asked to read/view this month’s background resources prior to the conversation.


    Preparing for April’s Meeting

    Prior to the conversation, please read this month’s articles. Printed copies are available at the Library.

    What Some Firearm Owners Think Could Solve Gun Violence in America
    Article by Celia Darrough, ABC News

    Why the Second Amendment May be Losing Relevance in Gun Debate
    Article by Libby Cathey, ABC News

    Feel free to explore any more of the stories included in this series:

    ABC News Latest Coverage of Gun Violence
    Statistics, video, and articles from ABC News


    Optional Reading/Listening

    Looking to dive deeper? These articles and podcasts are not required, but will give you more perspective on this month’s issue.

    You may also choose to do further reading on your own. If you do so, keep these guidelines in mind:

    1. Choose a reputable source
      Check out the credentials of the author or publication and look for a fact-based article or book. Don’t waste time reading opinion pieces from someone who’s trying to rile you up.
    2. Exit your echo chamber
      Look for a thoughtful article or book from someone whose opinion differs from yours. Learn what the other side says and keep guideline #1 in mind when you choose this source.

    Concealed Carry in Connecticut
    Law information from Gifford’s Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence

    How Can We Stop Mass Shootings
    Issue Advisory from the National Issues Forum

    Should More Gun Control Laws Be Enacted?
    List of pros and cons from Britannica Pro/Con

    FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces Initial Actions to Address the Gun Violence Public Health Epidemic
    Press Release from the White House

    In Gun Debate, Both Sides Have Evidence to Back Them Up
    Article by Zach Lang and Jennifer Selin, The Conversation



    More Conversations

    Check out the Courageous Conversations page for a complete list of upcoming and past conversation topics!

    All Conversations


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