Guns in America — a Teach-In

From continued mass shootings around the country to a record-breaking wave of homicides in Chicago, the problem of guns in America remains a deadly and terribly disturbing reality. Brave high school students from Parkland in Florida and other cities have taken a lead in sounding an alarm, rallying their peers across the nation, and pressuring politicians to act in meaningful ways, but the failure of our leaders to come to grips with an epidemic of gun violence leaves many Americans with a sense of futility and resignation.

What can be done to reduce gun violence? What actions can private citizens take? And where is the current debate leading us? These are questions that will be addressed at a Politics and Prose teach-in on Saturday, August 11, at 5 p.m. The event is the sixth in series of teach-ins begun by Politics and Prose last year to address some of the most pressing issues of these times. 

Guiding the discussion will be three panelists whose personal and professional perspectives will offer insights into the history, politics, and culture of guns in American society. The panelists will include:

  • Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Campaign. Trained as a lawyer, Ms. Gardiner practiced with two private firms, served in the Justice Department, and worked as a consultant for McKinsey & Company before becoming a nationally-recognized expert and speaker about gun violence prevention.
  • Craig Whitney, a journalist and author of Living with Guns: A Liberal’s Case for the Second Amendment
  • Zion Kelly, a recent graduate of DC’s Thurgood Marshall Academy who lost his twin brother Zaire to gun violence in Northeast DC last fall. Mr. Kelly spoke at the March for our Lives in Washington earlier this year.

Like previous P&P teach-ins, this one is sure to bring with it a lively discussion among the panelists as well as compelling questions from the audience. For those interested in reading up on the issue, here are a few recommended books:

Hope to see you on August 11.

--Brad and Lissa