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Cafe Society to discuss gun control

By Staff | Oct 30, 2015

The Cafe Society, a part of Shepherd University’s Life Long Learning Program will hold its next discussion on Nov. 3. The topic will be “What is a realistic and supportable approach to gun control?” In addition, the program managers are seeking suggestions from the community for the next semester’s slate of topics. These weekly discussions are held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Rumsey Room of the Shepherd University Student Center each Tuesday morning. They are continuing on an informal basis through the summer break. Pre-registration is not required and there are no fees or charges.

Mike Austin, one of the facilitators commented, “Few topics are as controversial as gun control measures and public attitudes tend to reflect extreme positions on both sides of the issue. There seems to be no middle ground which would support the interests and concerns of gun rights activists and their detractors. The news media often jump on incidents that involve a weapon of any kind, the more bizarre or outrageous, the better. At the same time we seem to have no lack of Constitutional experts who know all about Article two of the Constitution and little else in that important document. It will be interesting as the Presidential electioneering accelerates to watch our politicians struggle to find safe ground on the subject. “

He further said, “We live in a community where public safety tends to be taken for granted. However the crime rate (particularly drug related incidents) is increasing and often involves the presence of weapons. Some of our citizens believe it is prudent to take measures to ensure the protection of their homes and families. There is a strong tradition of outdoor activities including hunting and sports involving guns. Most farming families have grown up with them. So there is a fair question of what policies should be pursued and would reflect everyone’s interests and concerns in our community. There is always a danger of letting exceptions make the rule to over-react when something happens. We need a common sense approach that is sustainable and will enjoy wide public support. It should be a good discussion.”

Those who may have suggestions for future Cafe Society topics or want more information about the Cafe Society program should contact Austin at 304-876-0598 or michael.austin@frontiernet.net.