Community gun-control and mental-health forum


Posted by AzBlueMeanie:

Tucson City Council member Steve Kozachik is hosting a community gun-control and mental-health forum Tuesday, January 7, at 6:30 p.m., at The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway. The forum will follow a presentation of Living for 32:

Join us on January 7th for a screening of Living for 32, with a panel discussion to follow. On April 16th, 2007, 32 students were gunned down in a senseless shooting on the Virginia Tech campus. Colin Goddard was in the room, and survived multiple gun shot wounds. On the 7th, Colin will join the Tucson Chief of Police, Pima County Sheriff, representatives of the Mental Health service provider community, Mayor Rothschild and City Council member Steve Kozachik to discuss local initiatives related to mental health issues, background checks and other related topics. This forum is presented by The Loft Cinema, with support from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Organizing for Action and the Tucson Coalition against Gun Violence.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and is open to the public.


  1. Hey – that looks like an open and balance “forum”. Why not just call it a Gun Control Rally funded by Bloomberg with support from thousands of Facebook “Like” members from Moms Demand Action?

    Did you know the FBI says one commonality of mass killers is that they watched documentaries on Columbine, Virginia Tech and similar tragedies, and collected details about the kills and their planning from detailed media sources?

    Everything You Think You Know about Mass Murder Is Wrong
    “In the article, titled “Mass Shootings in America: Moving Beyond Newtown,” Northeastern University criminologists James Alan Fox and Monica J. DeLateur examine existing research and data to refute 11 common assumptions about mass murder—which the FBI defines as any single, sustained incident that takes the lives of four or more victims. The biggest myth they claim to bust? The idea that mass murder in America is on the rise. Fox and DeLateur specifically challenge a recent Mother Jones project that claimed “a recent surge in incidents and fatalities” from mass shootings. The authors argue that Mother Jones arbitrarily limited its analysis to certain types of mass shootings—ones occurring in public places, committed by lone gunmen with no robbery motive or gang affiliation—and that by limiting the data set the magazine came away with skewed results. By expanding their analysis to include all mass shootings regardless of location or motive, Fox and DeLateur found that the rate of mass shootings has remained steady from 1976 to 2011, at about 20 incidents per year, and that “the facts clearly say that there has been no increase in mass shootings and certainly no epidemic.”

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