Disarming Americans:Museums Take on Gun Control

February 16, 2023 (10:00am EST-NY)
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 gun violence tragedies are considered domestic violence incidents, disproportionately affecting women and children. Many high-profile mass shootings – including those in Buffalo, Charlotte, Orlando and, most recently, California – have explicitly targeted African Americans, Asian 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 bring together two Sites of Conscience to discuss how museums and memory sites can memorialize gun violence, deepen our understanding of the history and mythology surrounding guns in America, and spark productive conversations on gun control that transcend political and ideological divides.

Our guests will include Earl Mowatt, Vice President of Education at onePULSE Foundation, which was founded in honor of the victims of the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida. Also joining us will be Tricia Patrick, Director of Education at Ford’s Theater Society, who will share some of the site’s reflections about the challenges and opportunities involved in programming on the subject of firearms.

The webinar is on Thursday, February 16th at 10:00 am (EST-NY). It is free and open to the public. To register, click here.