Liberty Forum: Gun Control
May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
In the current climate of discourse and hot button issues, we often find ourselves commenting back and forth online or merely caught in our own echo chambers. It is our goal at the Liberty Museum to break through these barriers and bring people together for face-to-face meaningful interactions.
In partnership with Intersekt Alliance, we hope to provide attendees with the tools and discourse for finding the middle ground and moving our conversations offline and back into human discussions.
For the first in this new series we invite attendees from all viewpoints to come together for an interactive discussion on the issue of Firearm Control. Are you committed to a firm belief in the 2nd Amendment? Do you feel the only way forward is a reduction in firearm ownership? Join the Liberty Museum, Intersekt Alliance moderators, and invited experts from all sides of the issue. Let’s get past the rhetoric and engage with one another on how we move forward as a society.
Shira Goodman – Executive Director CeaseFirePA
Shira Goodman is the Executive Director of CeaseFirePA, Pennsylvania’s largest gun violence prevention organization which partners with mayors, police chiefs, faith leaders, community organizations and individual Pennsylvanians working together to take a stand against gun violence. CeaseFirePA is an active partner in the national gun violence prevention movement. The mission of CeaseFirePA is to reduce gun violence, stop the flow of illegal guns into our streets, and keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them. Ms. Goodman is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the Yale Law School. In 2008, she was named one of Philadelphia’s Top 101 Emerging Connectors by Leadership Philadelphia. In 2015, the Charles Foundation presented her with its Visionary Award for her work fighting gun violence. In 2016, she received the Partner in Peace and Safe Community Leader Award from Mothers in Charge.
Jonathan S. Goldstein – Partner at Goldstein Law Parnters
Jonathan S. Goldstein is a founding partner of Goldstein Law Partners. His practice focuses on entrepreneurial and business advising, firearms law and election law. Mr. Goldstein is considered a national expert in firearms law. In 2013, he earned the Defender of Justice Award from the National Rifle Association’s Institute of Legislative Action for his “tireless service to the Constitution and with particular emphasis on the protection and furtherance of the Second Amendment.” The award is given only to a single attorney each year selected from practitioners across the county. Mr. Goldstein actively lectures on firearms law and firearms safety across Pennsylvania; has published a number of articles on firearms law and safety; and is regularly consulted by lawmakers on matters related to firearms public policy. Mr. Goldstein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in 1993 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law in 2005.
Bryan Lentz – Former PA State Representative for the 161st District
Bryan Lentz is an attorney with the law firm of Bochetto & Lentz, P.C. His early career was interspersed with years of active military service, first as an Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer and then two times with his Reserve Unit, first in Bosnia and then in Iraq. Mr. Lentz’s initial job in the legal profession was in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office, where he served for six years developing a specialty in the prosecution of violent gangs and juveniles. In 2006, he was elected to represent the 161st Legislative District in the Pennsylvania General Assembly, where he served two terms and was a leading advocate for the reduction of gun violence, including sponsoring legislation to close the so-called “Florida Loophole.” From February, 2011 until October, 2013, Mr. Lentz was the Chief of the Philadelphia Regional Gun Violence Task Force. Under his leadership the Task Force investigated and prosecuted straw purchasers of firearms and implemented several innovative gun violence reduction strategies.