Understanding Guns in America
February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Understanding Guns in America…
TEDxMileHigh’s first of its new Conversation Series exploring the difficult debate surrounding guns in America.
Guns seem to come up frequently in conversations across America. From healthy dialogue between friends to vitriolic dialogue on the news 一 guns are sparking all kinds of debate in this country and too often ends in a stalemate. On February 21st, join us as we unveil our new series, TEDxMileHigh Conversations as we seek to better understand guns in America. In this first Conversation, four experts on the gun discussion will share a stage and uncover more about guns from their practical use to the moral dilemma they pose.
About the Panelists…
David Kopel is the Research Director at the Independence Institute, an Associate Policy Analyst at the Cato Institute, and an adjunct professor of constitutional law at the University of Denver. He currently leads The Second Amendment Project at the Independence Institute which has received strong support as well as funding from various individuals and groups including the NRA(of which he is a Benefactor Member). He frequently represents sheriffs, police trainers, and other law enforcement group pro bono, including in the Supreme Court’s 2008 Heller Case. Like these groups, he believes that the right to arms helps law-abiding people protect themselves. Moreover, a government monopoly of force can be very dangerous, since tyranny and genocide are always accompanied by disarmament.
Coni Sanders’ father was murdered in the mass shooting at Columbine High School. She is now a Forensic Therapist who specializes in working with offenders convicted of violent crime and those suffering with mental illness. By working with those with a history of violence, as victims or perpetrators, she educates and inspires those in need to find better ways of coping with their emotions in order to reduce the violence in our society. She’s made an appearance at the Whitehouse, accompanying a middle-ground-group called, Everytown USA, working towards common sense gun regulations. Coni speaks nationwide on mass violence reduction common sense gun regulations and community safety in addition to training advocates and law enforcement working with the criminal population.
Dr. Jay D. Breitlow, of Longmont Colorado is an “expert” in the topic of guns and school related violence because in 1993, his father, who was also his principal while he was a Freshman at a suburban Milwaukee high school, was murdered at gunpoint while class was in session. Twenty-five years later he is in private chiropractic practice with his wife and is the father of 3 children, ages 4, 2 and 4 months. He is the author of Love, Not Guns: A Case For Changing the Focus of America’s Gun Debate where he tells his unique story about the presumably unanswerable question: “More guns or less guns?” His focus is on asking questions that can have answers – and this means looking at each specific bad event and asking the question “Why did THIS happen?”
Kimberly Corban is a mother, motivational speaker, and sexual assault survivor. At 20-years-old, Kimberly was raped by a stranger who broke into her college apartment. She reported the crime, served as the prosecution’s key witness during her assailant’s jury trial in 2007, and then released her name to the media following his conviction. Kimberly received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Northern Colorado before returning to pursue her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice. She worked for the Greeley Police Department as a Victim’s Advocate and later created and ran the Adult Diversion Program for the Weld County District Attorney’s Office. She’s recorded commercials for On Message and Ackerman McQueen pro bono which the National Rifle Association has recently picked up and aired. She also hosted a show for Ackerman McQueen over the summer that is just now airing on NRATV.com. Now, she offers political commentary over various media platforms and travels the country delivering dynamic and engaging keynote speeches surrounding sexual assault advocacy.
About the Moderator…
Anastasiya Bolton, originally from Moscow, Russia, came to the US to go to college. Her eventful career brought her to Denver as a reporter with 9NEWS. She’s been with the station for 12 years and has covered most of the tragic events that have happened in this community and across the country. She covered the Aurora Theater shooting and recently traveled to San Antonio to cover the shooting that occurred at a church in the small community outside of the city. In 2014, she returned to Russia to cover the Sochi Olympics and then traveled across Siberia to report on various stories of Russian orphans. In 2013, Anastasiya received a National Edward R. Murrow award for their series on Lydia Tillman, the Fort Collins woman who survived a killer. An Edward R. Murrow award is one of the highest journalism honors in the country. Anastasiya has won a couple of regional Emmy Awards, and a number of other local and national awards. One of the many reasons Anastasiya loves her job, is she gets to give victims a voice, striving to stay true to their message, communicating exactly how they feel.
About our Venue Host: Bierstadt Lager and C Squared Cider Beer Hall…
Better known as the Rackhouse Pub, this 21,000 square foot production facility provides ample room for food, drinks, games and conversation. Cash bar and food will be available for purchase Check out therackhouse.com for more information!
What are TEDxMileHigh Conversations?
aTEDxMileHigh Conversations brings together diverse voices for a monthly series that invites people to challenge their thinking in difficult discussions surrounding the complicated issues facing the country. From topics examining homelessness, immigration, guns, taxes, or religion, there is no limit to where the conversation might lead. So prepare to listen, talk, and engage with a stranger over these tough Conversations, so that we can better understand each other and ourselves.