The tragic death of children at the Newtown shooting is just the latest in a series of deaths caused by guns. Is the price of the Second Amendment worth the loss of 30,000 lives each year to gun violence? During this forum we will explore how the tools of public health: trace the extent of the problem, explore evidence-based solutions, and consider the degree to which mental-health, can be used to shape public policy.



The tragic death of children at the Newtown shooting is just the latest in a series of deaths caused by guns. Is the price of the Second Amendment worth the loss of 30,000 lives each year to gun violence?During this forum we will explore how the tools of public health: trace the extent of the problem, explore evidence-based solutions, and consider the degree to which mental-health, can be used to shape public policy.

Speakers:

Dr. Amy Person

Dr. Amy Person is the Health Officer for the Benton-Franklin Health District. She began her career over 20 years ago as a community pediatrician. Recognizing the impact of the social determinants of health and injury prevention in child health, she pursued a career in public health to address prevention and health promotion at the population level. She received her medical degree from University of Illinois and her master’s degree from University of Wisconsin.

Bob Parks

Councilman Parks was elected at large to the City Council in 2002. His areas of emphasis for the City include economic development and increasing overall citizen involvement and trust in local government. He is currently serving on the Hanford Advisory Board and Hanford Communities Governing Board. He is also an alternate on the Benton-Franklin Council of Governments and the Kennewick Police Community Advisory Team. Mr. Parks also serves as Council liaison to the Park and Recreation Commission.

Chief Chris Skinner


Chris Skinner serves as the Director of Police Services for the City of Richland Washington. Chief Skinner is a 22 year veteran of law enforcement. He began his law enforcement career in 1991 as a police officer in the town of Philomath, Oregon. In 1993 he joined the Benton County Sheriff’s Office in Corvallis Oregon as a deputy sheriff, eventually attained the rank of sergeant. He was the commander of the Linn-Benton Regional SWAT Team until leaving the sheriff’s office in 2001.
In 2001 Chief Skinner joined the Hillsboro Police Department as a Lieutenant and rose through the ranks to the position of Deputy Chief of Police. During his time with Hillsboro Police Department Chief Skinner was integrally involved with the formation of various special teams and community initiatives, including th

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