MOUNT VERNON — Are you chagrined by repeated incidents of gun violence, but want to think through the issues rather than settle for a simple answer?
First Congregational United Church of Christ is sponsoring a panel discussion that will present multiple points of view on gun violence. The event will be May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in First Congregational’s social hall, 200 N. Main St., Mount Vernon.
The speakers will present background on local and national gun violence and local and state gun laws and uncover the roots of gun violence and its connections to family problems and drugs. They will also offer possible solutions, including changes in the law that could help curb gun violence and approaches on the prevention level.
The panelists will be:
•Thom Collier, former member, Ohio House of Representatives.
•Mary Hendrickson, director of New Directions, Domestic Abuse Shelter of Knox County.
•Toby Hoover, director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence.
•Rick Schlegel, executive director of the Alcohol and Drug Freedom Center of Knox County.
•Capt. David Shaffer, Knox County Sheriff’s Office.
•The Rev. R. Keith Stuart, minister, First Congregational UCC.
There will be time for discussion among the panelists and for questions from the audience.
Published on April 25, 2011