something terrible happens, the impulse is to do something about it — to try to
make sense of it, to learn from it, to turn it somehow into something positive.
random acts of kindness springing up nationally and locally (thank you, Jenny
Witte, whose mamatoga blog is also on www.saratogian.com,
and others) are examples sparked by the Newtown, Conn., shootings.
massacre has also generated much discussion about gun control and keeping
Nugent, president of the League of Women Voters of Saratoga County, recognized
this opportunity and has quickly organized what she hopefully describes as “a solution-based
community forum to stop the bloodshed in and out of school.”
Saratoga league, along with its Schenectady County counterpart and The
Saratogian, are co-sponsoring a forum title, “For the Children: Keeping our
Children Safe from Gun Violence in America.” Other leagues in the area may also
forum is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 24 at the Ballston Spa High
School, 220 Ballston Ave., Ballston Spa.
wanted to hold this at a school,” Pat told me Friday.
league has positions about gun control, but the forum is not designed to push one
point of view. Rather, the goal is for the session to be informative and
helpful. What can we do, as citizens? And I am interested in the perceived role
of the media and what that role ought to be.
organizations will likely include the New York State Association of School
Resource Officers, the state Parent Teachers Association, local mental health
providers, and statewide League of Women Voters control control lobbyist, and
representatives of the media.
to be addressed will include what
precautions are currently being taken in schools and any plans to intensify the
parents are mobilizing and how the community can help; can the characteristics
of the shooters be identified and the tragedies averted; what political action
is needed; what should the role of the media be, and how can they “stop feeding
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