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.”