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GETTING PAST BEING TRIGGERED IN THE DEBATE OVER GUNS AND PUBLIC SAFETY

As high-profile mass shootings intensify the debate over guns and public safety in the U.S., it remains difficult to see across society’s increasingly hardening divides.

The subject of firearms so polarizes us that we too often brusquely dismiss those who disagree with us. But if we’re willing to cross over the barriers we’ve built and honestly discuss our needs, our fears, and our obligations to one another, we just might find a way to both reduce gun deaths and injuries, and preserve the rights of Kansans to own guns and use them responsibly.

This edition of The Journal seeks to provide data and perspectives that help get Kansans out of their corners and into more productive conversations.

 

To put guns and public safety in perspective, The Journal tells 14 stories of Kansans sharing what they believe about guns, why they believe it, and what they think Kansans need to discuss when it comes to the topic. We’re urging our readers to spend the most time exploring perspectives they either disagree with or want to understand better. The Kansas Leadership Center teaches that it’s only through holding and testing multiple interpretations and points of view that we can truly understand the nature of tough adaptive challenges.


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