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Issues That Matter: Gun Violence

What can you and your community do about gun violence?

We explored the public health and public safety aspects of the gun violence issue with a balanced panel of experts at these events in May.

 photo gun_230x140.jpg Issues That Matter panel discussions cover a variety of viewpoints with the intention of helping the audience come to their own conclusions about the issue at hand. The format is a moderated informative discussion.

The May 2013 panels covered various public safety and health issues of gun violence, rather than featuring a pro/con debate on gun control.

Audience members at Issues That Matter events have the opportunity to submit questions through a moderator. Free and open to the public. Funded by the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation.

Find general information about this series on the Issues That Matter home page

Watch this full-length video of the May 9, 2013 event in Stanwood: 1 hour, 21 minutes.
Panelists included:
Joe Valentine, North Sound Mental Health; Dr. Gary Goldbaum,Snohomish Health District; Sgt. Barry Ruchty,Stanwood Police Department; Rep. Dave Hayes (R),Camano Island, 10th District. Moderated by Jack Loos.

Floyd Norgaard Cultural Center
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Watch this full-length video of the May 16, 2013 event in Mukilteo: 1 hour, 22 minutes.
Panelists included:
Joe Valentine, North Sound Mental Health; Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Snohomish Health District; Chief Rex Caldwell, Mukilteo Police Department; Rep. Mary Helen Roberts (D), Mukilteo, 21st District. Moderated by Stan Gent.

Rosehill Community Center
Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sno-Isle Libraries and the Sno-Isle Libraries Foundation are neutral on the topics covered in Issues That Matter programs. We are committed to giving the public an opportunity to make informed decisions about important issues by providing this forum, along with a wide range of information resources reflecting a variety of viewpoints.

Explore the issue with these Sno-Isle Libraries resources:

With heated issues, it can be hard to know what to believe. Sno-Isle Libraries are committed to providing access to a variety of viewpoints through our wide range of resources, including electronic media, books, journals, and programs like this one. There's more to explore with these resources:

Selected Materials

Research Databases*

*Research Databases require a Sno-Isle Libraries card for users not accessing from a Sno-Isle Libraries public computer.
  • Credo General Reference Premium
    An easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 100 videos.

  • MasterFILE Premier
    Articles, dating back to 1975, covering a broad range of subjects including business, education, health, science and multi-cultural issues—plus a digital image collection of photos, maps, and flags.

  • Opposing Viewpoints in Context
    Point-of-view articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles on current events and issues of controversy. Content is aligned with WA State Curriculum standards for middle and high school, check 'Curriculum Standards' within resource for further details.


Selected links to 3rd party websites.
  • Coalition to Stop Gun Violence
    CSGV is comprised of 48 national organizations working to reduce gun violence. The coalition members include religious organizations, child welfare advocates, public health professionals, and social justice organizations. This diversity of member organizations allows them to reach a wide variety of grassroots constituencies who share the vision of non-violence.

  • Cure Violence
    The Cure Violence initiative was founded in 1995 by Dr. Gary Slutkin, an American epidemiologist who maintains that violence should be treated like an epidemic and can be prevented by stopping the behavior at its source. They believe in this perspective, they have put it to use and have seen it work wonders in their communities.

  • Do the Write Thing: Help Stop the Violence
    The Do the Write Thing Challenge gives middle school students an opportunity to examine the impact of youth violence on their lives. Through classroom discussions and writings, students communicate what they think should be done to reduce youth violence. In addition, they make personal commitments to do something about this problem.

  • Gun Owners of America
    Gun Owners of America (GOA) is a non-profit lobbying organization formed in 1975 to preserve and defend the Second Amendment rights of gun owners. GOA sees firearms ownership as a freedom issue.

  • OpenCarry.org
    A national site that is considered the gun rights networking hub. In addition to being a starting point legal resource and discussion forum for gun owners, OpenCarry.org has grown to become the social networking portal for the open carry movement.

  • The National Rifle Association
    While widely recognized today as a major political force and as America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world.

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