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.

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“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 Devi HarrisSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Fracking ban could have unintended consequence of boosting coal Poll: Voters back Medicare expansion, keeping private insurance MORE (Calif.) has pledged to take executive action on gun control, while Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSeven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Iowa GOP swipes at 2020 Democrats' meat positions as candidates attend annual Steak Fry Booker aide sounds alarm about campaign's funding MORE (N.J.) proposed a national gun licensing program.

Other White House hopefuls, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenUnited Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' Omar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' MORE, Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOmar: Biden not the candidate to 'tackle a lot of the systematic challenges that we have' Seven takeaways from a busy Democratic presidential campaign weekend in Iowa Democrats go all out to court young voters for 2020 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.