Thursday, September 6, 2018

@ Unity Temple on the Plaza, 6:30-8 pm

Up in Arms: Kids & Guns


On average, 17,102 children and teens are shot each year. Of that number, 2,737 die.

Firearm injuries are the third leading cause of death among children in the United States, and the number of children killed by guns in this country increased by 30 percent from 2013 to 2016.

But, why?

Panelists from both sides of the aisle will explore the causes of gun-related deaths among children and teens, discuss the dramatic increase in recent years, talk about policy and education programs around firearms and more.

Join American Public Square and KCUR 89.3 for this important discussion.

*Per Unity Temple policy, no firearms will be allowed on the property at this event. On-site security will be present.


Karen Randolph Rogers

Karen Randolph Rogers

Deputy Chapter Lead and Statewide Legislative Lead, Missouri Chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America


Karen Randolph Rogers is the Deputy Chapter Lead and Statewide Legislative Lead for the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Like the five million Moms Demand Action supporters nationwide, Ms. Rogers is a volunteer dedicated to working for responsible gun safety and gun violence prevention laws at the local, state, and federal level. Ms. Rogers is also a trained presenter in the Moms Demand Action gun safety program, Be SMART, which educates adults on responsible gun storage practices to protect children from the preventable tragedies of gun suicide and unintentional shootings.

Ms. Rogers is an attorney and primarily practiced in the areas of education and civil rights law for 18 years before dedicating herself as a full-time Moms Demand Action volunteer in December 2017. She received her law degree from the University of Virginia, where she served as Articles Review Editor for the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law. She also graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a degree in political science. She resides in Kansas City with her husband and two children, who inspire her to work for the safety of all kids.

Shayla Sullivant, MD

Shayla Sullivant, MD

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Children's Mercy Hospital; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Missouri-Kansas City


Dr. Sullivant completed undergraduate training at Creighton University and medical school at the University of Kansas, where she also completed a residency in adult psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. Since 2010 she has been on staff at Children’s Mercy Kansas City seeing patients in clinic and also providing coverage for the consultation liaison service.

Areas of interest in clinical practice include suicide prevention, eating disorders and integrated care. Dr. Sullivant is co-leader of the Self-directed Violence group at CMH, leading suicide prevention efforts at the hospital. Research interests include suicide screening and means restriction. Dr. Sullivant serves on the board of the Body Balance Coalition and has served as President of the KC Regional American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP).

Robert VerBruggen

Robert VerBruggen

Deputy Managing Editor at National Review, Guest on NRATV


Robert VerBruggen is a deputy managing editor at National Review and has covered Second Amendment and gun-policy issues for more than a decade. He grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in 2006, and has held positions at The American Conservative, RealClearPolicy, The Washington Times, and The National Interest.

Moderator: Steve Kraske

Moderator: Steve Kraske

Host of KCUR's Up To Date


Steve Kraske is host of “Up to Date,” a daily public-affairs radio program on KCUR, 89.3. He teaches journalism at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. And Kraske also has been a fellow at the Dole Institute of Politics at the University of Kansas.

He is a member of The Kansas City Star’s editorial board. He has worked at The Star since 1986 — first as a police reporter, then as a Statehouse reporter in both Missouri and Kansas. He was named the newspaper’s chief political correspondent and columnist in the mid-1990s.

Kraske has covered 11 national political conventions, including back-to-back gatherings in 2016 in Cleveland and Philadelphia.


He is a journalism graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was a John S. Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University.

Kraske has won numerous awards for his print and broadcast work. He lives in Westwood with his wife, Kady McMaster, a former Star reporter and editor who now works in marketing and communications at UMKC. The couple has two college-age sons.

Another Panelist TBA


Please contact us at or (816) 235-5067.