Three day symposium on gun violence starts tonight at GRCC
Caroline MacGregor February 11, 2013 | WGVU
Faculty from GRCC’s Psychology, Social Sciences, and Criminal Justice
departments hope to foster dialogue on a subject that has become, at minimal,
Tonight, Dr. Frank Connor, head of GRCC’s psychology
department will talk about research on aggression, a culture of retribution,
video games, guns, mental health, and the media. The goal of the symposium is to encourage discussion about subject that
has become so touchy in some circles that emotions quickly become raw, personal
attacks become rampant and all objectivity is quickly lost.
““Some people you can't reach, some people become so entrenched that you
cannot have any kind of dialogue. The only way you can do that is to
begin by listening and asking deeper questions to connect to that core
being from which their emotion is coming from, you know, why is it that
you feel nobody should own guns or why is it you feel we should arm
Dr. Connor says
when people intentionally expose themselves continually to only one viewpoint and
never actively or quietly listen to the other side, society becomes more and
more polarized. Ironically, ultimately most people share a common goal of
finding a solution to the country’s gun violence.
“In that example, we want our children to be safe in school - so there
is a common belief and so what you want to do is find, which requires at
least one of half of the party, to begin by not becoming defensive but
by listening and seeing if you can find - below all of this, what is our
what is our common belief”
On Tuesday, the
talk will address historical, economic, and cultural perspectives surrounding
the current debate on the Second Amendment. On Wednesday, February 13th,
an expert in criminal justice will offer her perspective on prevention, safety,
and workers in the field as well as how to deal with perpetrators of violent
acts after the event and the reaction of law enforcement.
Tonight's symposium is free to the public and takes place in Room 108 on GRCC’s DeVos
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