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ALA-SRRT Current Events Discussion on Gun Violence in U.S., Nov. 18 @ 2 p.m. ET

  • 1.  ALA-SRRT Current Events Discussion on Gun Violence in U.S., Nov. 18 @ 2 p.m. ET

    Posted Nov 13, 2023 05:11 PM

    Dear Colleagues:

    The next session of the virtual Current Events Discussion Series of the American Library Association's Social Responsibilities Round Table will be on the topic of Gun Violence in the U.S., this Saturday, November 18, at 2 p.m. E.T.  

    Below is the description. For further information and to register, click here.


    Frieda Afary, M.A., M.L.I.S.

    Social Responsibilities Round Table's Programming Committee


     Gun Violence in the U.S. 

    In 2022, over 48,000 died by guns in the U.S. Over half were suicides. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, firearm violence has become the number one killer of children and teens under the age of 18. While mass shootings account for a small percentage of gun deaths, mass shootings are on the rise--over 500 mass shootings in the U.S. in 2023. At the same time, the U.S. Congress does not have enough votes to ban assault weapons. 

    Why is U.S. society so ridden with gun violence? What are the connections between gun violence, domestic violence, racism, policing and the overall violence and abuse in our society? What are the historical connections between the Second Amendment and slavery? What efforts have been made to address the rise in gun violence? What can each of us do?

     Click here for further information and to register.