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Reducing Urban Gun Violence: What Works & How You Can Help

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Temple Sinai

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Co-Hosted by the Temple Sinai Gun Violence Prevention Group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the DC Area Interfaith Gun Violence Prevention Network

With the recent rise in gun homicides and gun violence in Baltimore, DC, Los Angeles, and New York City, what is being done or should be done more effectively to reduce or prevent gun violence, especially in our inner cities?

An expert panel of public officials, police officers, and GVP activists will examine the relative effectiveness of a range of recent public health as well as law enforcement interventions in Baltimore, DC, NYC and other American cities, e.g., gun "violence interruption" programs, "cease fires," "safe streets," "cure violence," rapid response and post-shooting, anti-reprisal hospital visit initiatives, "hot spot" plain clothes police enforcement efforts, gun "buy back" programs, as well as police-family member partnerships with wives, moms and dads to search for and seize illegal guns, workplace and economic development programs, more community policing, federalizing repeat gun offender cases, etc.

The program will also note engagement opportunities for concerned citizens.


Confirmed Panelists:

  • Honorable Charles Allen, Member, DC City Council, and Chair, Council Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety
  • Robert Contee, Assistant Chief, DC Police Department
  • Lashonia Thompson, Office of the Attorney General, "Cure the Streets" program
  • Greg Jackson, DC Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement, "Violence Interruption" program
  • Dr. Michael P. Hirsh, Professor, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Director of Pediatric Trauma Services, Surgeon-in-Chief, Children's Medical Center, UMass Memorial Medical Center, and co-founder of "Goods for Guns," a national "gun buy back" program.
  • Erricka Bridgeford, a founder of "Baltimore Ceasefire"


Invited Questioners:

  • Dr. Daniel Webster, Bloomberg Professor of American Health in Violence, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy & Research, Co-Director, Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health , and co-author Reducing Gun Violence in America: Informing Policy with Evidence and Analysis, 2013, updated 2014 as Updated Evidence and Policy Developments on Reducing Gun Violence in America
  • David Bowers, Vice President, Enterprise Community Partners, Founder, "No Murders DC," Member, DC "Homicide Elimination Strategy Task Force"
  • Mitch Credle, DC Homicide Detective (ret.), author and filmmaker
  • Ryane Nickens, Founder & President, TraRon Center, DC
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