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What are the challenges involved in defining and interpreting the Second Amendment? What should be an individual’s right to bear arms? Learn about the evolution of gun laws in the United States, both historically and legally, through educator Diane Wolk-Rogers from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Wolk-Rogers offers three ways Americans can move forward to create more safety and responsibility around guns.
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TED Talk Lesson: A Parkland Teacher’s Homework for Us All
If you are looking for a way to open the door to thoughtful conversation about the gun violence epidemic in this country, this powerful TED Talk by Diane-Wolk Rogers is an appropriate entry point. Diane Wolk-Rogers teaches history at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, site of a horrific school shooting on Valentine's Day 2018. How can we end this senseless violence? In a stirring talk, Wolk-Rogers offers three ways Americans can move forward to create more safety and responsibility around guns -- and invites people to come up with their own answers, too. Above all, she asks us to take a cue from the student activists at her school, survivors whose work for change has moved millions to action. "They shouldn't have to do this on their own," Wolk-Rogers says. "They're asking you to get involved." - TED
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- A Parkland Teacher's Homework for Us All
TED Talks shares with us "Ideas worth spreading." Here Diane Wolk-Rogers, a history teacher from Parkland, Florida who was present during the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school shooting in February 2018, tells us her story and confronts us with the question her students have been asking her: How can we stop the senseless violence? This teacher of 33 years says that the solution, of course, involves us doing our homework.
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Indledning The gun violence has been an issue throughout history all over the world. In the course of time the evolution of guns has developed. But why does America have far more shootings every year compared to the rest of the western world? The answer is many. In this TED talk by Diane Wolk-Rogers you hear her story and her ideas on how America can move forward to create more safety and responsibility about guns.
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Uddrag Diane Wolk-Rogers is a history teacher and teaches at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school, the site where a horrible school shouting took place. She made a powerful speech organized by the organization TED, which purpose is to spread ideas of people who believe in the power of ideas to change the world. The crowd at these TED-talks is filled with open minded people. One of the most mentioned areas in media is gun violence and school shooting, which is also the topic of this TED-talk by Diane Wolk-Rogers. The intention of the TED-talk is to make people think.
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Gun Violence is a Public Health Crisis
May 27, 2022
Reframing the issue: Gun Violence is a Public Health Crisis
Guns kill more than 38,000 people and cause roughly 85,000 injuries and or disability a year. That’s over 100 gun deaths every single day in America.
Guns are the leading method of suicide in the U.S., accounting for half of all suicide deaths (CDC, 2019).
Gun violence is a leading cause of premature death in the U.S.
This is on top of the massive psychological and emotional impact gun death or injury can have on a person, household, or community.
Gun violence is a deeply complex issue, one that must be addressed through a public health lens, not a political debate over gun policy or criminal justice issues.
In fact, many of the top organizing medical professional groups have declared gun violence a public health crisis - including the American Public Health Association, the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Nurses Association.
It wasn’t until very recently (2019), that the US government even allowed bodies like the CDC or NIH to study gun violence through this public health lens. The previous Dickey Amendment (passed in 1996) disallowed federal funding to be used to promote or advocate for gun control, cutting research dollars to health agencies like the CDC and NIH.
Healthcare workers absolutely have a voice and platform to speak out against gun violence. For example, Cori Bush, also a registered nurse, became a civil rights activist and community organizer and now a Congresswoman, following the murder of Michael Brown Jr.
Cure Violence was founded by Gary Slutkin, M.D., former head of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Intervention Development Unit. Cure Violence launched in West Garfield Park, one of the most violent communities in Chicago, and was quick to produce results, reducing shootings by 67% in its first year.
Cure Violence Cure Violence stops the spread of violence by using the methods and strategies associated with disease control:
- Detecting and interrupting conflicts,
- Identifying and treating the highest risk individuals
- Changing social norms
Cure Violence is guided by clear understandings that violence is a health issue, that individuals and communities can change for the better, that community and strategic partnerships are keys to success, and that rigorous, scientific, professional ways of working are essential for effectiveness.
*We are happy to donate 100% of our net-profits from our Gun Reform Now collection to Everytown , advocating for a legislative plan that includes more thorough background checks and mandates for safer gun storage, while opposing ideas like arming teachers.
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Books: Gun Violence Prevention: A Public Health Approach from the American Public Health Association
Private Guns, Public Health by David Hemenway
“ The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know ,” by Philip J. Cook and Kristin A. Goss
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MSD World history teacher Diane Wolk-Rogers addresses “Never Again” movement on Ted Talk
On April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine shooting, Advanced Placement World History teacher Diane Wolk-Rogers showed her students and the world her TED Talk that was filmed just the week before. Covering the topics of the Never Again Movement and the Second Amendment, Wolk-Rogers’ main intentions for this talk were to make her students proud and and inspire them to continue changing the world.
“It’s important to spread the message that the Never Again movement is trying to convey in order to make sure that this is the last mass school shooting generation,” Wolk-Rogers said. “That’s our mission.”
Wolk-Rogers started her 18 minute speech by first introducing herself and explaining her experience on Feb. 14. She connected this pain and grief of herself and the MSD community to how her students were begging for change just a few days after the tragedy.
“After, students asked us, the adults, the hardest question: How can we stop this senseless violence?” Wolk-Rogers said. “This was the most difficult question I’ve been asked, but it wasn’t the first time I was humbled by a student’s question. I listened, but then I admitted I don’t know.”
Wolk-Rogers then went on to explain how she did her own “homework” to find some answers to this problem. She looked to the Second Amendment and the National Rifle Association.
Wolk-Rogers believes that one of the most important topics she discussed was how the NRA was originally founded to promote rifle practice for future soldiers and state militias. With her research, Wolk-Rogers saw that over the course of 150 years, the original intent for the NRA and the Second Amendment changed over time.
“This change over time is striking to me because it reminds us that the interpretation of the Second Amendment and cultural attitudes about guns have changed over time, which gives me hope that they can change again,” Wolk-Rogers said.
Halfway through her speech, Wolk-Rogers set up a multiple choice for the question “How do we stop this senseless violence?” She explained each possibility with evidence and left the audience to decide which choice was correct. Her answer choices were “A: When we hold gun manufacturers responsible,” “B: When we hold ourselves responsible” and “C: When we do a better job caring for each other.” She then noted how there is an empty fourth choice that is usually “all of the above,” but emphasized how it is the job of the American people to fill in their own choice ‘D’.
“Maybe [‘all of the above’] is the answer here or maybe ‘all of the above’ is too easy and this is not an easy problem,” Wolk-Rogers said. “It requires deep, analytical thinking by all of us. So instead, I’m asking you to do your homework, write your own choice ‘D’, and if you aren’t sure where to start, look to my students as role models; they’re armed with incredible communication skills and a sense of citizenship I find so inspiring.”
Wolk-Rogers ended her speech by encouraging the audience to engage in the topic and do their own ‘homework’.
“Everyone of you has to do your homework,” Wolk-Rogers said. “And then what? Humbly, share your knowledge with each other, teach your family, teach your community, your city council, your state legislature. Teach congress a lesson.”
After she finished her last line, Wolk-Rogers got a standing ovation from the thousands of people in the audience. People approached her and contacted her, telling how they wanted to get involved after hearing her speak.
“The reporters for TED Talks told me that my talk was the best and most applauded speech there out of 80 speeches,” Wolk-Rogers said. “And after you give a speech, you go to a sitting area where people can come up to you and talk. I got hundreds of emails afterwards thanking me for it.”
Wolk-Rogers felt at home speaking in front of all those people and cameras. Being a teacher for 33 years, she says that she didn’t feel as nervous as other speakers were.
“I speak in front of my students all the time, for 90 minutes [each day] so the 18 minute TED talk was a piece of cake,” Wolk-Rogers said.
Overall, Wolk-Rogers wanted the audience to be educated, just like her students. She left the overall message that it takes a combination of strategies, determination and knowledge to make a change. Wolk-Rogers has confidence in the fact that this generation will make the change so that later generations will not have to face mass shootings in the future.
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