Gun Violence

Gun violence is a problem here in the United States of America. This guide will assist you and your colleagues in having a discussion surrounding the issue of gun violence. Each video is accompanied with optional questions in order to get the discussion going. These questions are also provided via a linked PDF below if you’re interested in printing them so people are able to jot down their thoughts as they are watching or discussing.

Feel free to watch and learn as you please. If you’re interested in how to watch, process, and discuss all (or most) of the information presented, check out the learning guide timeline linked below. This is set up similar to a syllabus and demonstrates how to split the information for 30-45 minute meetings and 90 minute meetings.

Learning Timeline

Discussion Guide

Onto the learning. There are three sections:

  • Videos
  • Articles & Artistic Commentary
  • Websites

Be sure you’re comfortable within your discussion / learning group. You may want to start by discussing your knowledge of gun violence, interest in learning more, and/or personal experience with the topic.


Video #1 – Sue Klebold TED talk (15:18):

A. What emotions did you feel during and after Sue Klebold’s talk?

B. What are you currently doing to promote your students’ (or childrens’) brain health? That is, how are you promoting the mental health of the children in your life? Be specific and honest.

Video #2 – Dan Gross TED talk (13:38):

A. Many statistics were included in Dan Gross’s talk. Ninety Americans are killed everyday by guns. Everyday 9 children are shot by accident. There are 900 suicides by children and teens every year. Dan says enough (#ENOUGH) and is working to cut gun deaths in half by 2025. How are you actively advocating against gun lobbies and supporting safer gun legislation? Why or why not are you acting in this way?

B. Why or why not do you support the use of a background check before the purchase of a gun?

C. Why or why not do you believe the ownership of a gun makes a home safer?

D. How are you advertising peace and kindness to the children in your life? Be specific and honest.

Video #3 – Gary Slutkin TED Talk (14:04):

A. The greatest risk of gun violence is being exposed to violence (just like a disease). Gary’s steps of how to reverse epidemics include: 1. Interrupt transmission. 2. Prevent future spread. 3. Change group norms. He tried this within a community with the purpose of reducing gun violence. There was a 67% drop of shooting in the first neighborhood after these interventions. With every replication there was a 30% or higher rate in the reduction of gun violence. He believes we can cure violence in this method. How might you use this model to interrupt a challenging problem (gun violence, racism, anger) in your community?

B. Who are the community members you need on board in order to interrupt the challenging problem listed above?

Articles & Artistic Commentary

Article & Artistic Commentary #1 – Gun Violence Should be Treated as a Public Health Crisis by Laura Wagner via NPR

Article & Artistic Commentary #2 – Watsky – Stick to Your Guns ft. Julia Nunes via Bob Boilen from NPR’s All Songs Considered (watch and read)

Article & Artistic Commentary #3 – Gun Inequality: US study charts rise of hardcore super owners by Lois Beckett via The Guardian

Looking for additional articles? Check out Sue Klebold’s list of recommended reading.


Resource #1 – Sandy Hook Promise: Get more facts, find resources to use with your students, watch additional videos. and get involved! This website also includes a must-see PSA, Evan:

Resource #2 – The Brady Campaign: The mission of the Brady organization and its Million Mom March is to create a safer America by cutting gun deaths in half by 2025. You will find facts, solutions, and ways you can take action.

Resource #3 – Precious Lives: Young people and gun violence in Milwaukee. 1 place. 2 years. 100 stories. Created by 371 Productions.

Extra #1 – Gun Violence Archive: Gun Violence Archive (GVA) is a not for profit corporation formed in 2013 to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States. GVA will collect and check for accuracy, comprehensive information about gun-related violence in the U.S. and then post and disseminate it online.

Extra #2 – Gun Violence Prevention via the APA (American Psychological Association): Here you will find research on gun violence, what you can do, and program listings. Be sure to read through a few of the links provided, including the warning signs of youth violence.

Looking for more resources? Email me and I’d be happy to provide you with whatever I can find in your area of interest.

Your librarian,

Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

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