JMU-Harrisonburg-Rockingham County Online Deliberation | Guns, rights and security in the Shenandoah Valley

Mar 27
Mar 27 2020, 2:00pm - 3:30pm EDT

Dr. Kara Dillard
Email Organizer

Event Type


Join us for a online deliberative dialogue convened by JMU’s Institute for Constructive Advocacy and Dialogue (ICAD) in partnership with the National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI) as a part of USATODAY’s Hidden Common Ground project.

This online deliberation will take place on Friday March 27, 2020 at 2:00pm ET. Pre-registration required due to space limitations

Students, faculty and staff will deliberate together over the tough choices facing us on the issue of guns, rights, and security in an era of mass shootings and deepening political polarization in the Shenandoah Valley and Virginia. Using NIFI’s nonpartisan discussion guide on “How Should We Prevent Mass Shootings In our Communities,” we’ll talk about three exclusive options for this issue and weigh the tradeoffs and consequences of acting in order to find hidden common ground on balancing rights and safety on guns. The three options include (1) Make Mass Killings More Difficult: We should restrict the availability of dangerous weapons, identify potentially dangerous people, and prevent them from carrying out mass casualty plans; (2) Equip People to Defend Themselves: We should be prepared for violence and have the means to defend against it; (3) Root Out Violence and Hate in Society: we live in a culture that perpetuates violence and numbs people to its effects. We must root out and stop the glorification of violence and promotion of hate to break this cycle.

Trained nonpartisan JMU students, staff, and alumni will moderate these small group discussions.

Supporting Materials

No supporting documents were uploaded by the moderator