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Disarming Americans: Museums Take on Gun Control
The statistics are familiar to most Americans. In 2022 alone, gun violence took the lives of over 44,000 people in the United States, where there are 120.5 firearms per 100 residents. Since 2014, there have been approximately 4000 mass shootings. Well over half of these are considered domestic violence incidents, disproportionately affecting women and children. Many high-profile ones - from those in Buffalo and Charlotte to Colorado Springs and Orlando - have explicitly targeted African Americans and LGBTQI+ communities.

Situated in “red” states and “blue” states, big cities and rural communities, Sites of Conscience and their allies are uniquely positioned to foster constructive dialogue on gun control among a wide subset of people. But how? On February 16, 2023 – shortly after the fifth anniversary of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which killed 17 people and injured 17 more – join us as we discuss how museums and memory sites can memorialize gun violence, deepen our understanding of the history and mythology surroundings guns in America, and spark productive conversations on gun control that transcend political and ideological divides.

Feb 16, 2023 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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