Guns and Kids

By Geoff Kashdan

gun control

You may have heard that the “only answer to a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” But when a preschooler finds a loaded gun, or a depressed teen uses a handgun in a suicide attempt, is that child or teen the proverbial bad guy with a gun?

If an armed adult with a concealed weapon permit (the so-called good guy with a gun) comes upon a child with a loaded gun, what will that “good guy” do? Shoot the child?

Any argument over guns that focuses on “good guys” and “bad guys” is far too simplistic, disingenuous, and dangerous. The number of children killed by gunfire in America is a national scandal and a public health crisis of epidemic proportions. Although a simple resolution does not exist, a number of measures can be put into place which could significantly reduce the incidents of children and teens killed by guns.

Why aren’t we actively protecting our children and our young adults?

Can we even hope to protect them?

These issues and others will be explored in a program sponsored by a coalition of organizations, led by the League of Women Voters of Palm Beach County. A panel of experts will discuss, from their personal and professional perspectives, the problems of guns in the hands of kids and youth. Following the panel discussion, questions will be taken from the audience.

Please plan to come and learn what steps can be taken to reach solutions. The event is free and the general public is warmly invited to attend.

The panel will include:

Dr. Tom Gabor, criminologist and author of the new, authoritative book, Confronting Gun Violence in America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)

PBC County Commissioner Dave Kerner, former police officer and criminal prosecutor

Dr. Debora Robinson, retired physician, advocate for racial equality, and PBC School Board Member

 

LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF PALM BEACH COUNTY PRESENTS

GUNS AND KIDS: PREVENTING TRAGEDIES

HAGEN RANCH ROAD LIBRARY

14350 Hagen Ranch Rd, Delray Beach, FL 33446

SATURDAY, MAY 13, 2017

2:00 – 4:00 PM

 

For more information, please contact Geoff Kashdan kashdang@ymail.com or call (561) 329-3461