Since the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary and the start of President Obama's second term, one of the most divisive issues testing legislators today is how the country approaches gun laws. On Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, Anderson Cooper will gather important voices in the debate to talk about what must happen to achieve a common objective: less gun violence in America.
The conversation will focus on many arguments, the facts on gun injuries and deaths, how pop culture fits into the equation, the meaning of the second amendment, and why it seems so difficult to find common ground.
The town hall at George Washington University will feature gun rights advocates like Sandy Froman, former NRA president and a current board member for the organization. And Sarah McKinley, a young mother who used her shotgun to protect her baby and defend against intruders. Those pro-gun voices and others, along with proponents of stricter laws, will be on the program. One of the panelists is Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey who has been on the front lines of the battle to reduce crime in America for decades.
Those deeply affected by gun violence will join the discussion to share their experiences and expectations for legal reform. Colin Goddard was shot four times in the Virginia Tech shooting. Amardeep Kaleka's father was murdered during the attack on a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Veronique Pozner buried her 6-year-old son Noah in Newtown, Connecticut, in December. Their personal stories, and those of all victims, are why a dialogue is crucial and urgent.
CNN's Jeffrey Toobin will provide insight on how the Constitution applies to the current laws, and those proposed by the White House. 360 MD Sanjay Gupta offers his expertise on mental health issues related to gun safety.
There will be many contributing to the town hall, and we want your perspective too. Tweet your views on gun laws using #gundebate360 and tune in at 8 and 10 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 31.
Anderson Cooper goes beyond the headlines to tell stories from many points of view, so you can make up your own mind about the news. Tune in weeknights at 8 and 10 ET on CNN.
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