Past Event

Gun control: a solution to violence?

Tio Hardiman, Director of CeaseFire Illinois a Parnter of Cure Violence, will be joining us as our guest speaker.

From “Obama Unveils Proposals for Toughening Laws on Guns” by Michael D. Shear and Peter Baker 

“President Obama called upon Congress on Wednesday to toughen America’s gun laws to confront mass shootings and everyday gun violence, betting that public opinion has shifted enough to support the broadest push for gun control in a generation. At a White House event at noon, Mr. Obama announced plans to introduce legislation by next week that includes a ban on assault weapons, limits on high-capacity magazines, expanded background checks for gun purchases and new gun trafficking laws to crack down on the spread of weapons across the country. He also promised to act without Congressional approval to increase the enforcement of existing gun laws and improve the flow of information among federal agencies to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others who shouldn’t have them.”

Questions for Consideration 

What do you think about Obama’s proposals and the actions he will be taking to reduce gun violence? How can we keep communities safe and reduce gun violence? What kinds of measures can prevent tragedies like the one at Sandy Hook elementary? How will universal background checks ensure guns don’t end up in the wrong hands?

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More about our guest speaker:

Tio Hardiman, Director for CeaseFire Illinois and Creator of the Violence Interrupter Initiative, has dedicated his life and career to community organizing for peace and social change. In 1999, Mr. Hardiman joined CeaseFire, an award-winning public health model that has been scientifically proven to reduce shootings and killings.

Mr. Hardiman is a frequent media contributor on the issues of Chicago violence and gang conflict. He has appeared on the local affiliate of every major television network, as well as CNN and the BBC. Mr. Hardiman has also been interviewed for numerous National Public Radio stories and has been covered by the New York Times Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Red Eye, Jet Magazine, The Chicago Sun Times, and numerous others. The Interrupters Documentary based on Tio’s work has won film festivals across the nation. He holds a Bachelors degree in Liberal Arts from Northeastern University and a Masters degree in Inner City Studies.

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