For a week or more the media has been touting an invite only panel discussion on gun violence that Vice President Joe Biden will be heading. The conference is to take place on Febuary 21st, at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. Supposedly all sides were invited, with “national, state, and local leaders, law enforcement, mental health experts, sportsmen, faith leaders, families and survivors of gun violence” all represented. Forget the fact that The Second Ammendment has nothing to do with sportsmen or hunting.
So today I finally see a list of speakers for this invite only event. Can anyone please point out the progun folks? How about the sportsmen?
Where is the NRA?
CT Coalition of Sportmen?
The only person I know on this list who is not rabidly antigun is Mayor Boughton.
UPDATE: The invite-only event is scheduled to be broadcast on CT-N, and will also be streamed over the internet via their website. Link.
Vice President Joe Biden (D)
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D)
U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D)
U.S. Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D)
Governor Dannel P. Malloy (D)
Newtown First Selectwoman Pat Llodra (R)
Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch (D)
Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton (R)
Western Connecticut State University President James W. Schmotter
Panel on Gun Violence:
State Police Captain Dale Hourigan
Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra (D)
Chris and Lynn McDonnell, parents of Grace McDonnell
Stacy Spell, retired New Haven Police detective and neighborhood activist
Matt Bennett, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs at Third Way
Panel on Mental Health and School Safety Initiatives:
Dr. George Sugai, University of Connecticut Neag School of Education
Dr. Kathryn Seifert, author of Path to Violence
Dr. Philip Wang, Deputy Director of the National Institute of Mental Health
Mark Benigni, Meriden Superintendent of Schools
Steven Girelli, PhD, President and CEO, Klingberg Family Centers
UPDATE: Watching the forum live now, it looks like they added Dom Basile, firearms instructor from Metacon Gun Club and CCDL member. Thanks for going into the belly of the beast for us yet again, Dom!