Groups schedule presidential forum on gun violence in Las Vegas

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Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, appeared with Jacky Rosen in Las Vegas last year during Rosen's successful U.S. Senate campaign. (Nevada Current file photo)
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Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, appeared with Jacky Rosen in Las Vegas last year during Rosen’s successful U.S. Senate campaign. (Nevada Current file photo)

The gun safety groups Giffords and March for Our Lives are inviting presidential candidates to a forum on gun violence in Las Vegas.

The forum is scheduled for Oct. 2, two years and a day after a gunman shooting through a Mandalay Bay hotel room window murdered 58 concert goers and injured more than 800.

“Never before has our country had a presidential forum singularly dedicated to the issue of addressing gun violence, but this year, we’re changing that,” former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords said in a statement. “If we’re serious about tackling the biggest problems facing our country, we need serious conversations about solutions. This forum will create an important opportunity for candidates concerned about gun violence to speak with voters about their plans to make our country a safer place to live, work, learn, and play.”

“It’s our hope that the candidates come to Las Vegas prepared to discuss bold and holistic plans, like restorative justice, to end gun violence epidemic and its root causes,” said March for Our Lives co-founder David Hogg. “We have to look at the totality of the problem, not just mass shootings that too often capture the media’s attention, but suicides and other forms of gun violence that go unreported.”

Hugh Jackson
Editor | Hugh Jackson has been writing about Nevada policy and politics for more than 20 years. He was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and wrote the then-groundbreaking Las Vegas Gleaner, which among other things was the only independent political blog from Nevada that was credentialed at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. He spent a few years as a senior energy and environmental policy analyst for Public Citizen, and has occasionally worked as a consultant on mining, taxation, education and other issues for Nevada labor and public interest organizations. His freelance work has been published in outlets ranging from the Guardian to Desert Companion to In These Times to the Oil & Gas Journal. For several years he also taught U.S. History courses at UNLV. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and then assistant managing editor at the Casper Star-Tribune, Wyoming’s largest newspaper.

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