Gun violence statistics in America are growing increasingly dire, but as a country we have not moved any closer towards resolution of the gun policy debate. The firearms conversation is divisive and inflammatory: advocates on either side are heated, passionate, and unable to reach compromise. As their political battle continues, gun violence itself is becoming an increasing desperate public health problem.

In this Web Forum, we will look at some of the underlying reasons that the current political atmosphere and dialogue has created an environment where the two sides of the debate can’t meet at the table to move forward. Furthermore, our panel will offer some ideas and discussion about new ways to frame the issue, in hopes of fostering alignment to create improved policies around gun safety.

This Web Forum will be the third in a series. In our first Web Forum, we discussed why gun violence is a public health issue; in the second Web Forum, we moved the conversation towards policy and advocacy. In the upcoming  discussion-based forum, we will look at how to improve the likelihood of new alliances, new conversation, and new compromises, in order to achieve policies that will improve the public’s health in this arena.


Linda Degutis, DrPH


LCD Consulting

Atlanta, GA

Linda Degutis, DrPH, MSN is a consultant specializing in policy, advocacy, and injury and violence prevention. Previously, she served as Director of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  At NCIPC, Dr. Degutis led initiatives in preventing violence and…

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Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

Dean, School of Public Affairs


Los Angeles, CA

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. was appointed Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in September 2008. A longtime UCLA professor of public policy and political science, his research focuses on strategic communications, public policy, electoral politics, and racial and ethnic politics. Through teaching, research and partnerships, Global Public…

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Georges Benjamin, MD, FACP, FNAPA, FACEP (E), Hon FRSPH

Executive Director

American Public Health Association

Washington, DC

Georges C. Benjamin, MD, FACP, FACEP(E), Hon FRSPH, is the executive director of the American Public Health Association (APHA), the United States oldest and largest organization of public health professionals. For the last 20 years he has been actively practicing public health at the local, national and international level. He…

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