Community Conversation: “Guns: A Public Health Crisis”

Thursday, August 15, 2019
With Charlotte already surpassing the number of homicides in 2018, addressing gun violence as a public health crisis will take involvement from the whole community. Join us as we host Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and author of "Fight Like a Mother." Shannon will discuss how she built a grassroots movement to take on the gun lobby, and her talk will be followed by a panel discussion with Charlotte-Mecklenburg community members and elected officials.

Shannon Watts is a mother of five who, prior to founding Moms Demand Action, was a stay-at-home mom and former communications executive. The day after the Sandy Hook tragedy, Shannon started a Facebook group with the message that all Americans can and should do more to reduce gun violence. The online conversation turned into a grassroots movement of Americans fighting for public safety measures that protect people from gun violence. Moms Demand Action has established a chapter in every state of the country and is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country, with more than 5 million supporters. Her book, Fight Like a Mother, was released in May 2019.

The conversation will be followed by a panel discussion with invited guests:

Fmr. Sen. Malcolm Graham, Founder of the Cynthia Graham Hurd Foundation
Alma S. Adams, Ph.D., US House of Representatives (NC 12)
Vi Lyles, Mayor of Charlotte
Garry McFadden, Mecklenburg County Sheriff
Mark Jerrell, Mecklenburg County Commissioner
TBA, Executive, Atrium Health
Moderator: Dedrick Russell WBTV
Johnson C. Smith University
Henry J. Biddle Memorial Hall
100 Beatties Ford Road
Charlotte, NC 28216
Start Time
7:00 pm
End Time
9:00 pm
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