This podcast considers ways that we can protect our schools and communities from gun violence. The speakers address the issue from differing perspectives. The speakers are:
Moderator Marge Easley, a volunteer who covers gun safety legislation for the LWV of Oregon Action Committee.
Dr. Kathleen Carlson, Chair, Gun Violence Prevention Research Center (GVPRC) at Oregon Health and Science University. In 2022, Dr. Carlson launched the GVPRC to collect objective data and evaluate novel interventions to inform policy makers in their work.
Pastor Edward Williams, FITCOG Chair . In June 2021, the Portland Police Bureau launched the Focused Intervention Team Community Oversight Group in response to the growing gun violence crisis in Portland. FITCOG works to reduce gun violence through prevention, intervention, and response.
Andrew Scott, Chair, Portland Public Schools, Board of Education. Andrew has more than 20 years of experience in the public sector and currently serves as Deputy Chief Operating Officer of Metro. He grew up in Southwest Portland and attended PPS schools. His two children currently attend a PPS school.
Paul Kemp, Co-Founder and President of Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership. Paul Kemp became an advocate for responsible gun use and safety after his brother-in-law was shot and killed in the 2012 mass shooting at the Clackamas Town Center.