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Gun Safety in a Civil Society

A League study conducted during 2012 - 2014

Unfettered gun ownership in Allegheny County has created a public health and safety issue that affects all communities in this area. In 2013, the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh undertook a study which accepted the current laws covering gun ownership as a given, acknowledged the measurable and damaging impacts on the health and lives of our residents and the way guns contribute to mental health and suicide and economically impacts our community by diverting funds to security and protection expenses from other worthwhile needs and benefits and attempted to learn if it is possible to have a healthy civl life with guns.

Partnering with a Deliberative Democracy consultant in Pittsburgh, a series of community engagement sessions were conducted which helped to identify concerns and hopes for ways that we might be able to live with guns in a civil society.   

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Living with Guns - The WQED Think Project

In 2016, WQED, the Public Television Chanel in Pittsburgh, launched a series of programs designed to help the regional community "think" about issues of major concern with the hope of jump-starting actions that might mitigate the issue. The League's project caught the attention of WQED . This is how WQED introduced the project to their viewers.

Our first topic in the multiplatform THINK! initiative was Guns in a Free Society. Our conversations did not focus on politics or Second Amendment issues. Instead, we explored productive ideas for living with guns in a free society. Our community partner is the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh. This historic organization is a dedicated proponent of strategies that will increase gun safety and reduce gun violence.

To view the WQED Think! initiative - Guns in a Free Society, click the image below.