Gun Control

Gun Control – A Civil Debate on a Loaded Topic

Civility, Community, Community Engagement, Edutainment, Debate, Violence Prevention, Social Justice

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. The gun debate has two options for each side of the debate. See below to choose the debaters that are right for your event.


Glen Caroline serves as Director of the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division, which is comprised of 11 staff members. He develops and implements NRA’s political and legislative grassroots programs, as well the Association’s campaign field operations, voter registration drives, and Get Out The Vote campaigns at the national, state, and local levels.

Mr. Caroline frequently represents NRA in debates and public forums before national and international audiences on the issues of gun control and grassroots mobilization, and is interviewed by various media outlets concerning NRA’s grassroots activities. He has been a lecturer at all 43 sessions of American University’s Public Affairs and Advocacy Institutes since 1993, where he has addressed more 1,300 students. His grassroots training is not just limited to the United States, as he has conducted multiple grassroots training workshops in Toronto, Canada to increase political activism among Canadian gun owners. He is a featured lecturer at a number of national political seminars, and in 1998, was named one of Campaigns and Elections magazine’s “Rising Stars of Politics”.

Ladd Everitt has served as the Director of Communications of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence since May 2006. In this position, he is responsible for developing and managing a wide range of communications activities in support of the organization’s overall mission.

Mr. Everitt previously served in a volunteer capacity with the D.C. Crisis Response Team, a group which offered comfort, support and referral services to victims and survivors of homicide in the District of Columbia. From 2002-2007, he also served as the volunteer president of the D.C. Chapter of the Million Mom March. Under his direction, the chapter conducted events for victims and survivors of gun violence, published letters and editorials in local and national periodicals, participated in press conferences and demonstrations calling for sensible gun laws, networked with other community groups who are interested in stemming the tide of gun violence, and authored a comprehensive resource book for victims and survivors, which was used by the Metropolitan Police Department.

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