March 20: “Guns, Public Health, and Mental Illness Forum”
Please join us on Friday, March 20th for a “Guns, Public Health & Mental Illness Forum” hosted by The Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy, Everytown for Gun Safety, Center for Gun Responsibility, & The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.
We are convening this event so that people from the community could come together to learn about the research behind why Risk-Based Firearm Policy should be put in place, where Washington State currently stands when it is compared to those standards, and what we can do moving forward to make our communities safer. Local and national experts will discuss why we should refocus the dialogue away from firearm policies away from mental illness towards stronger indicators of risk of harm.
This event will include Senator David Frockt, who introduced Extreme Risk Protection Orders in the State Senate; two nationally renowned researchers Dr. Jeffrey Swanson and Dr. Garen Wintemute, local mental health counselor Leanne Kennedy, and Jane Weiss an advocate and the aunt of Veronika Weiss who was killed at the UC Santa Barbara Shooting. The event will be hosted by Josh Horwitz, the Executive Director of The Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence.
The forum will take place on Friday, March 20th 2015 in the Washington Mutual Room of Seattle Public Library’s Central Branch from 3pm-5pm. Please make sure you give yourself some extra time to find parking!
April 2: The Long Night screening and Q&A with the director
The April 2 (5-7 PM at Forum Parrington Hall) event will include the film screening of The Long Night along with a panel discussion with the film director and local experts including Val Richey, Senior King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, and Nicholas Oakley, the Terri Kimball Fellow for the Protection of Children and Youth at the Center for Children and Youth Justice.
This event is free and open to all graduate students. We hope to have a diverse group in the audience to address this issue from multiple perspectives.