Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Fwd: You’re invited to a Structured Conversation on Gun Safety in a Free Society

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From: Suzanne Broughton
Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Subject: You're invited to a Structured Conversation on Gun Safety in a Free Society
To: Suzanne Broughton <>


Last year about this time, I sent most of you an email about a forum on the national debt that was being arranged by the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh.  Some of you came to the forum, and I hope you found it interesting and informative.

This year, the League is addressing another difficult issue.  We are collaborating with the Program for Deliberative Democracy at Carnegie Mellon University to produce a structured discussion on the topic Gun Safety in a Free Society: An Allegheny County Conversation.  The forum is free, there is free parking, bus access, and refreshments.

This program is set up to provide an opportunity for citizens having a variety of perspectives to exchange ideas, hear each other's stories, and attempt to identify common ground. Participants must register and complete an initial survey. They will then be sent the forum location and a link to a background paper that presents facts and discusses various perspectives; they will be expected to have read the paper when they arrive at the event. 

Small groups will discuss their perspectives with a trained moderator, develop questions for a panel of experts, return to additional discussion, then complete a final survey.  From the comparative survey results and the table discussion notes, we hope to derive some ideas for actions we can take here in Allegheny County that can reduce gun violence while preserving gun owners' rights.

I have attached a flyer describing the program.  If you would like to participate and are willing to commit a Sunday afternoon (October 6, a Steelers bye week) plus the time to read and think about the background material, please click on the link in the flyer to start the registration process and access the initial survey.

I hope some of you will be able to participate in what I consider an innovative approach to a difficult problem.

Please feel free to forward this information to people whom you feel might be interested in participating in the forum.


Mark Rauterkus    
PPS Summer Dreamers' Swim and Water Polo Camp Head Coach
Pittsburgh Combined Water Polo Team
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