Gun safety groups to host forum for 2020 Democrats a day after Las Vegas shooting anniversary

Gun safety groups to host forum for 2020 Democrats a day after Las Vegas shooting anniversary
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Two gun safety groups announced Thursday that they will host 2020 Democrats for a forum on gun violence on Oct. 2, the day after the second anniversary of a shooting at a Las Vegas music festival.

The Giffords group and March for Our Lives said the forum will be open to any Democratic presidential candidates who meet the Democratic National Committee’s polling and fundraising standards to qualify for the next primary debate in September, the groups wrote in a statement.

It is unclear how many of the White House hopefuls will attend the forum, and candidates have until Aug. 28 to meet the qualifying thresholds for the next set of debates.


“If we’re serious about tackling the biggest problems facing our country, we need serious conversations about solutions,” former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who was shot in the head in 2011 and later founded the Giffords organization, said in the statement.

David Hogg, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., who co-founded March for Our Lives, said the groups are looking for “bold and holistic plans” to combat gun violence.

2020 Democrats have renewed their calls for gun control in recent days, following Sunday’s shooting in Gilroy, Calif., that left at least three dead. Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisMedia complicity in rise of the 'zombie president' conspiracy Trump looms over Senate's anti-Asian hate crimes battle DC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is MORE (Calif.) has pledged to take executive action on gun control, while Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerBass 'hopeful' on passing police reform: 'Republicans that I am working with are operating in good faith' Progressive lawmakers press DHS chief on immigration detention Democrats battle over best path for Puerto Rico MORE (N.J.) proposed a national gun licensing program.

Other White House hopefuls, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGraham: 'I could not disagree more' with Trump support of Afghanistan troop withdrawal Obama, Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley team up to urge communities of color to get coronavirus vaccine Biden to hold second meeting with bipartisan lawmakers on infrastructure MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP believes Democrats handing them winning 2022 campaign Senators in the dark on parliamentarian's decision World passes 3 million coronavirus deaths MORE (I-Vt.) and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas), have called for restricting assault weapons.

The 2017 Las Vegas shooting, which took place when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concert attendees at the Route 91 Harvest music festival, has been deemed the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.