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Coming up on Connections: Monday, March 19

First hour: "Gunsplaining" and the gun control debate

Second hour: ROC the Riverway, part two

How much do you know about guns? Do you feel like you’ve been “gunsplained” before? The concept was recently coined by Adam Weinstein, a veteran and gun owner writing for the Washington Post. He says firearm enthusiasts try to exclude anyone from the gun debate who doesn’t know the intricate details of an AR-15 or an M-16. At the same time, he argues progressives should study up a bit more on guns so as to better understand what they are trying to regulate. So should gun control advocates learn more about firearms before calling for changes, or does that shut down the debate? Our guests weigh in:

  • Tim Andrews, president of the New York State Chapter of SCOPE
  • Lieutenant Colonel Andrae Evans, U.S. Army Retired, who served 34 years of with the US Army National Guard, US Army Reserve, and Active Duty assignments, and a current weapons owner
  • Gary Pudup, member of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence

Then in our second hour, Rochester’s ROC the Riverway proposal is due to Governor Cuomo in May, and project leaders are asking community members for their ideas. What do you think will revitalize Rochester’s waterfront areas? Where is the untapped potential? Do you think some of the concepts outlined in the proposal are unrealistic? We heard from project leaders earlier this month, and now it’s your turn to share your ideas. Our guests:

  • Maria Furgiuele, executive director of the Community Design Center Rochester
  • Jason Partyka, chair of the Bus Innovation Committee for Reconnect Rochester
  • Brendan Ryan, and engineer and a board member for the Rochester Cycling Alliance
  • Michael Boller, associate professor of biology at St. John Fisher College, the director of the college’s sustainability program, and a board member for Genesee RiverWatch

Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.