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Sheriff at NCDD Seattle discussing the need for dialogue on mental illness and access to firearms (video)

NCDD member John Spady (Community Forums Network) just sent this to the NCDD Discussion list, where we’ve been discussing how we might respond as a community to Friday’s tragedy in Newtown…

During our recent NCDD 2012 conference in Seattle, I had the honor to host (then) Sheriff Steve Strachan at my session. He touched on the subject of unmanaged mental illness and the access to firearms. Sheriff Strachan then gave a courageous call for rational dialogue on a problem we keep experiencing over and over again in our communities across the country. I have extracted portions of his presentation in a video that I have posted to the NCDD Facebook page and which I’m also giving to you now as well. I welcome your feedback on the Sheriff’s perspective.

Also see John’s Catalyst Awards project at http://ncdd.civicevolution.org/proposal/10096, which proposes we create an infrastructure that would enable us to organize national dialogues on contentious issues.  Feel free to use the comments field here to let John know that you’d like to be involved in his Catalyst Awards project!

The video can be found on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/55753912. Other conference audio presentations can be heard at: https://ncdd.org/10456

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. “proposal that we create an infrastructure that would enable us to organize national dialogues on contentious issues” — YES to this! I also commented on your Catalyst Award Project.

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