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Better Angels Debate

On Thursday, February 13th, Lewinsville will host a “Better Angels” debate on gun issues and bills currently moving through the Virginia legislature. The speakers will be Glen Caroline and Andrew Goddard. Their bios appear at the very bottom of this page.

Our TENTATIVE format, which might be slightly adjusted by the moderator, will be as follows:

  • Introduction of Speaker
    • Alliance co-chairs will give the basic info (name, title) for each speaker.
    • Each speaker will have three minutes to introduce themselves and describe their relevant personal background for the topic at hand.
  • Discussion of  Passed or Proposed Bills before the VA legislature (number may vary)
  • Each speaker will have six minutes to argue the pro/con of each individual bill.
    • We will flip a coin to determine who goes first for the first bill, then will alternate turns for subsequent bills.
  • After EACH bill, there will be a 10-minute Q & A period, with questions from the audience. 
  • Each speaker will have three minutes to add any thoughts that weren’t brought up in the Q&A, or make a closing statement. 
  • Debrief by the Moderator 

Due to the interest in this issue, we are asking that you RSVP so we know how many are coming. Please RSVP below.

Still have questions? Contact Jill Cook at 703-624-3896

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Andrew L. Goddard: Born in England, Andrew received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Trent University in Nottingham in 1976.

His main career included 20 years of International humanitarian relief and development, working and living in a number of developing countries, including Kenya, Somalia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Egypt. When not living overseas, Andrew also worked for 8 years in North Carolina and Georgia as a Design Engineer and Project Manager.

Andrew moved to Virginia in January 2007 with his wife Anne and their two children.

His interest in mental health issues, as well as gun violence prevention, came about as a result of his son’s injuries sustained in the Virginia Tech tragedy of 4/16/2007. Andrew is now the President of the Richmond Chapter of the Million Mom March against gun violence and Legislative Director of the Virginia Center for Public Safety. He also served on the Board of the Virginia Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and was the first Board Chair of the National Gun Victims Action Council.

The Virginia Center for Public Safety is a non-profit, non-partisan grass roots organization dedicated to the reduction of gun violence in Virginia.

VACPS strives to accomplish this mission through awareness, education and advocacy. Our members represent a cross-section of racial, religious. professional and political groups.

Glen A. Caroline: Glen serves as Managing Director of the NRA-ILA Grassroots Programs & Campaign Field Operations Division, which is comprised of 17 staff members stationed out of NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, VA, as well as in key regions throughout the country. He develops and implements NRA’s political and legislative grassroots programs, as well the Association’s campaign field operations, voter registration drives, and Get Out The Vote campaigns at the national, state, and local levels.

He is responsible for the recruitment, training, and mobilization of the Association’s 100+ FrontLines Activist Leaders (FALs) nationwide. He has coordinated and conducted scores of legislative and campaign training workshops in dozens of states. Glen has also served as a Federal Liaison for the NRA, where he lobbied nine congressional delegations and coordinated NRA’s PAC activities for federal elections in those states.

Mr. Caroline has represented NRA in more than 600 speeches, debates and public forums before national and international audiences on the issues of gun control and grassroots mobilization, and is interviewed by various media outlets concerning NRA’s grassroots activities. He has been a lecturer at all 43 sessions of American University’s Public Affairs and Advocacy Institutes since 1993, where he has addressed more 1,300 students.

Glen is also active in the Northern Virginia baseball community. A longtime coach for more than a decade, Glen currently serves as coach and Communications Director for Stars Showcase Baseball and is an assistant varsity coach at Freedom High School in South Riding, VA. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Kyle’s Kamp, which has raised more than $1,200,000 for pediatric cancer research and care for Children’s National since 2012.

Mr. Caroline holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science with a Certificate in International Relations from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He is an Endowment Member of the National Rifle Association and is an NRA Certified Basic Pistol Instructor