Everett Cafe News: Smoking Guns, Smoking Mirrors, beginning December

Topic: Smoking Guns, Smoking Mirrors: Where Do You Stand?

Can tighter legal restrictions on guns save lives? Or will gun control laws do nothing to impact violent behaviors. Deceptive or insubstantial, is the argument or explanation -- but on which side of the trigger? Even after Charleston, Orlando, and Las Vegas, the U.S. continues to remain divided on the pressing issue of gun control, while the December 14, 2012 anniversary of Sandy Hook serves as yet another grim reminder.

A study published in Lancet finds that implementing universal background checks for the purchase of firearms or ammunition, and firearm identification internationally, could substantially reduce firearm mortality in the U.S. -- almost as much as 50 percent, if federal checks alone are done. More telling, if just thee gun control laws were adopted nation-wide, then deaths from forearms could be reduced by a staggering 90 percent. The Washington Post rebutted with the article, "Why This Gun Control Study Might Be Too Good to Be True", outlining the reasons why.

Smoking Guns, Smoking Mirrors: Where Do You Stand? presents the complexity of gun control, from the history and interpretation of the second amendment, to the tragedies of killings by shooters in our schools and communities. It urges us to consider what it means to bear arms, and to take a stand on our rights and responsibilities as educators, parents and citizens.

When: December - January

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