Cape Cod Community College to Host Forum on Gun Violence

Panelists include Virginia Tech survivor

On Wednesday, November 28, from 2-4 p.m., Cape Cod Community College will host a community conversation about ending senseless gun violence. The event, titled “What Comes After ‘Thoughts and Prayers,’” will take place in the Tilden Arts Center main theater on the College’s West Barnstable Campus, and will spotlight four panelists who will speak about their experiences in mass shootings. Following their stories, there will be a dialogue to explore our thinking on what we’ve learned over the years, particularly since Virginia Tech, and what we should be considering as a society moving forward.

The panel will feature the follow four speakers:

  • Lisa Hamp – Survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting
  • Joshua Fernandes – New Bedford Police Department Sergeant and survivor/first responder of the 2006 Foxy Lady Nightclub shooting in Fairhaven, MA
  • Todd McGhee – Retired MA State Trooper and expert in behavioral observation and threat prevention
  • Dwight Duncan – Professor of Constitutional Law, UMass-Dartmouth

To begin the event, Ms. Hamp and Sgt. Fernandes will discuss their experiences as survivors and how their lives and perspectives have changed over the years. Following their stories, Mr. McGhee will discuss the characteristics of a shooter, and how we may be more pro-active in identifying potential threats before they happen. Finally, Professor Duncan will be welcomed to address the past, present, and future of the second amendment.

“While our conversation will not bring an end to violence, it is necessary to discuss these issues in order to develop solutions,” said John Cox, President of Cape Cod Community College. “By bringing these different voices together at our College, we can host this dialogue in a respectful, thoughtful way.”

The forum is free admission and the public is welcomed to attend by registering at CapeCod.edu. Audience members will be asked before and during the conversation to submit questions via notecard for a Q&A segment planned for the end of the event.


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