Civility & Free Expression: A Conversation on Gun Violence

The Michigan Center for Civic Education partnered with the Grand Haven Community Conversation Forum (CFF), Loutit District Library, and League of Women Voters of West Michigan to host Civility & Free Expression: A Conversation about Gun Violence.

Grand Haven Community Center

Grand Haven, Michigan

March 21, 2013

Civility across the nation seems to be lacking in both political discourse and our daily lives. Is it possible for us to freely share our ideas on contentious issues and remain civil with one another?

The Michigan Center for Civic Education invited citizens to listen to a local panel of community leaders discuss issues surrounding gun violence, civility, and the Second Amendment. Participants engaged in small table conversations to explore the issue and to make recommendations on how the community can move forward to reduce gun violence.

Speaker: Professor Devin Schindler, Thomas M. Cooley Law School


Steven Dulan, Michigan Coalition of Responsible Gun Owners & Professor at Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Ron Frantz, Ottawa County Prosecutor
Dr. Lia Gaggino, President, Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
Keith Konarska, Superintendent, Grand Haven Area Public Schools
Jane Longstreet, Ottawa County Community Mental Health
Wayne Kuipers, Former State Senator

Moderated by Terry Judd, Journalist

Initial Meeting Results

Click here for an unabridged aggregation of the small group recommendations made during the Community Conversation on March 21, 2013. Participants were instructed to develop a list of recommendations for reducing gun violence without the need for consensus.

Once the list was complete, each participant was given one gold and one silver sticker to indicate their first and second preferences, respectively. The average table size was five participants.