City Club to Look at School Gun Violence

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The City Club of the Mahoning Valley will address school shootings at its next Views and Brews program.

“The Beginning of the End of Gun Violence in Schools” will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 16 at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts. Panelists will be John Vogel, treasurer of Western Reserve Fish and Game Association, and Kira Walker of Mahoning Valley Sojourn to the Past.

The program comes in the aftermath of the Feb. 17 shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the eighth mass school shooting this year, which left 17 people dead. In the wake of the shooting, a national debate is taking place regarding how best to address the issue, from tightening laws regarding guns to addressing mental health issues.

Survivors of the Parkland shooting have formed the #NeverAgain movement, raising more than $3 million and demanding policy makers take action to reduce gun violence.

Topics to be discussed will include measures to prevent school shootings and make schools safer, identifying the largest threats to the safety of students and school employees, and what is being done in the Mahoning Valley to ensure schools remain sanctuaries for teaching and learning, and free of crime and violence.

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