– A Civil Debate on a Loaded Topic –
It’s in the news every day, with voices on both sides shouting as loudly as they can. Are guns endangering our children? Do guns keep us safe? Should there be regulations imposed on the constitutional right to bear arms? What about the many reasons Americans keep and collect guns, from survival and hunting to entertainment and sportsmanship?
This debate and conversation allows for a civil and honest discussion of the role guns play in our society. Our gun debate tones down the rhetoric and politics to critically engage with multiple perspectives on the issue and to foster a constructive conversation. It serves as a model for students to find ways to be passionate about their position, but respectful in their language and presentation so that they can actually be heard. Juan Pacheco, a former gang member and youth violence prevention specialist, will debate Robert Farago, writer and founder for the gun blog The Truth About Guns.
Robert Farago founded The Truth About Guns (TTAG) in February of 2010 to explore the ethics, morality, business, politics, culture, technology, practice, strategy, dangers and fun of guns. In his career as a news writer he has worked for WBRU-FM Providence, CNN and Superstation WTBS, where he produced Good News. Before founding TTAG, Robert started the popular blog The Truth About Cars. Currently, TTAG is the world’s most popular firearms blog with roughly 1 million readers per month.
Mr. Juan Pacheco has invested his life working and volunteering (since 2005 Barrios Unidos East Coast has not received formal funding) as the East coast Representative for Barrios Unidos, a youth violence prevention/intervention and community awareness organization. Barrios Unidos believes that drawing upon the resources of adults and older youth that have made it out of the “street life,” youth are helped to choose life-affirming behavior, positive self-esteem, constructive goals, supportive community, and cultural pride. Mr. Pacheco worked as community Liaison for World Vision’s Community Mobilization Initiative (CMI). His role in World Vision helped the CMI Program attain the title of “Best Practices in Gang Prevention Program” highlighted in the study “Dare to Care – Community-Based Responses to Youth Gang Violence in Central America and Central American Immigrant Communities in the United States.”