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NIFI Dialogue Series – How Should We Prevent Mass Shootings in Our Communities?

The tragic attacks in Uvalde, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; Parkland, Florida; and other places have raised concerns among many people across the nation. Such shootings have become more frequent and more deadly in the last decade. Each mass murder has devastating effects on a whole community.

Overall, the United States has become safer in recent years. Yet mass shooters target innocent people without reason, often in places where people should feel safe—movie theaters, shopping centers, and schools. Many believe these attacks are nothing short of terrorism. How can we stop mass shootings and ensure people feel safe in their homes and communities?

This meeting will explore options for addressing mass shootings using a National Issues Forum discussion guide and guidance from trained facilitators. During the 2-hour session, you will explore questions like the following in a structured way with other members of the public:

  • Should we address the availability of weapons and the processes behind obtaining them, hoping to prevent mass shootings by making it more difficult for potentially dangerous individuals to access the tools they would use for such an event?
  • Is the solution found in better training and preparedness of individuals in our society, making them ready to defend themselves against mass shootings rather than rely on being rescued?
  • Are we better off addressing the root causes of such violent events, specifically looking at the way the Internet and news media portray mass murders?

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