Bridging Blocks: Grappling With America's Guns


In America, there are approximately 77.49 million adult gun owners. But that number is dwarfed by the number of actual guns, which as of December 2021 was marked at over 400 million. 


Limiting gun ownership and reducing gun violence are fiercely debated topics in American society. Legal gun owners say that proposed legislation meant to grapple with gun violence burdens them rather than criminals; politicians argue that background checks and limiting magazine capacity will save lives; but those regularly experiencing gun violence in urban areas say that political prescription won’t cure the malady.  

And on the more fringes of the conversation is the belief that only law enforcement should carry guns, which detractors say is dangerous and unconstitutional. 
So, what’s the middle ground in the debate on gun control? Is the term itself problematic? How do you better protect the public without burdening law-abiding gun owners? And is the Second Amendment being misapplied? 

Join WHYY and the Northeast Regional branch of The Free Library of Philadelphia for a Community Conversation where we’ll examine all sides of this argument and explore the tensions between advancing public safety and ensuring constitutional freedoms. 




Amir Richardson, WHYY Community Conversation Convener
Kelly Davis, Adult/Teen Librarian, Northeast Regional Library   



Christopher “Flood the Drummer” Norris, WHYY’s Managing Editor for Community and Engagement
Amir Richardson, WHYY Community Conversation Convener   

About Bridging Blocks:  

Bridging Blocks is a civic engagement initiative between WHYY and The Free Library of Philadelphia that aims to bring together culturally and politically diverse households for conversation and understanding. Bridging Blocks is made possible by a generous grant from Fred and Barbara Sutherland.

Date & Time
Wednesday, February 22, 2023
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 


Northeast Regional Library
2228 Cottman Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19149


General Admission
General admission to the event
Additional Donation