Bridging Blocks: Grappling With America's Guns


In America, there are approximately 77 million adult gun owners. That number is dwarfed by the number of guns in circulation, 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 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 prescriptions won’t cure the malady. On the 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? 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
Joseph E. Coleman Library   



Amir Richardson, WHYY Community Conversation Convener
Sam Searles, WHYY Gun Violence Prevention Reporter 

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, September 27, 2023
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 


Joseph E. Coleman Library
68 Chelten Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144


General Admission
General admission to the event
Additional Donation