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April 24, 2016

Public forum in Elkins Park takes aim at gun policy

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Discussing the finer details of policies involving guns is no easy task, but one Elkins Park group is welcoming the challenge.

The Bernard Wolfman Civil Discourse Project will host a forum called "Let's Talk about Guns" on Wednesday, April 27 at the Beth Sholom Congregation.

The event, which promotes a respectful dialogue among leading experts about gun policy, is open to the public. On its website, the group stresses "an emphasis on productive conversation — not debate."

Two experts will speak at the forum: Adam Bates, a policy analyst with Cato's Project on Criminal Justice, and Chelsea Parsons, Vice President of Guns and Crime Policy at American Progress.

Those who attend are asked to bring an open mind to discuss the usually divisive topic.

The Civil Discourse Project was launched in 2012 and hosts an annual public policy forum to celebrate freedom of speech, political activism and respectful dialogue.

This year's forum will be the fourth event in its history.

[ For more information, visit the Civil Discourse Project website here. ]