People in conversation

The Role of Guns in American Life

Guns play a central role in American life. Raising important questions about public safety, private security, personal tragedy, and cultural traditions, the public discussion of guns and gun violence also stirs up strong emotions and deeply-held beliefs.

As a result, that discussion has been stuck. Advocates on both sides lose sight of their common purposes. Everyday Americans are forced to choose sides, leaving little space for complexity and individual experience. But Essential Partners employs a unique approach to structured dialogue to make space for those stories, helping people connect with one another across their differences.

For three decades we have provided facilitation and trainings for campuses, congregations, organizations, and communities. You can find the archive of that work below: resources, impact stories, blog posts, and more.

A better conversation about guns is possible. Take the first step.


Watch: Time Magazine video about our Washington, DC, dialogue, “Guns: An American Conversation”