Violence-Poofing Our Kids
An event sponsored by the Campaign to Regulate Handguns of the Oregon Consumer League which took place on Saturday, January 11, 2003 at the Augustana Lutheran Church in Portland. After introductory remarks by Jason Reynolds, executive Director of the League, the days events consisted of three panel discussions and two Keynote Speeches.
Though the title was violence-proofing, the main form of violence dealt with by everyone was gun violence, specifically hand gun violence. Within this context many other issues were discussed, for example, the role of the media and video games, the National Rifle Association, legislation and home security.
1) HEALTH PANEL: Causes and Prevention of Youth Violence.
Ron Bloodworth, Youth Suicide Prevention Coordinator, State of Oregon Department of Human Services.
David Bliss, M.D., Pediatric Trama Surgeon, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.
First Keynote Speech-given by Andres Soto, Policy Director, Trauma Foundation for Violence Prevention at San Francisco General Hospital. He spoke to the theme of the event, “Violence-Proofing Our Kids.”
This presentation is about 50 minutes in length, and contains a small amount of interaction with the audience.
2) COMMUNITY SOLUTIONS PANEL
Nan Waller. Multnomah County Circuit Judge, Chair of Take the Time steering committee, through Multnomah County Commission on Children, Families and Community, Portland, Oregon
Heidi Yewman, Northwest ASK spokesperson, Vancouver, Washington
Penny Okamoto, Portland Million Mom March Spokesperson
The last speaker for the last panel was Rick Seifert, Northwest Media Literacy CenterFollowing this presentation, the Executive Director of Oregon Consumer League offered some concluding remarks.