Ten 2020 candidates to attend gun safety forum with March for Our Lives, Giffords

Ten 2020 candidates to attend gun safety forum with March for Our Lives, Giffords
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Ten Democratic presidential candidates will participate in a gun safety forum next month in Las Vegas, organizers announced Thursday.

The forum, hosted by gun control advocacy groups March for Our Lives and Giffords, will be hosted by MSNBC’s Craig Melvin on Oct. 2, one day after the second anniversary of the deadly Route 91 Harvest music festival shooting in Las Vegas that killed 58 people.

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The 10 candidates who qualified for the September presidential debate will attend the event: former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Trump's Mount Rushmore stunt will backfire MORE, Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Joe Biden must release the results of his cognitive tests — voters need to know GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday MORE (N.J.), South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegDemocratic lawmakers call for expanding, enshrining LGBTQ rights Democrats debate Biden effort to expand map against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Dems, GOP dig in on police reform ahead of House vote MORE, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisSenators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter Liberal veterans group urges Biden to name Duckworth VP MORE (Calif.), Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats: A moment in history, use it wisely The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Rep. Rodney Davis says most important thing White House can do on COVID-19 is give consistent messaging; US new cases surpass 50k for first time The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Stagwell President Mark Penn says Trump is losing on fighting the virus; Fauci says U.S. 'going in the wrong direction' in fight against virus MORE (Minn.), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas), Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senator will introduce bill mandating social distancing on flights after flying on packed flight Neil Young opposes use of his music at Trump Mt Rushmore event: 'I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux' Democratic strategist Andrew Feldman says Biden is moving left MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden chips away at Trump's fundraising advantage Warnock raises almost M in Georgia Senate race in second quarter The Hill's Morning Report - Trump lays low as approval hits 18-month low MORE (Mass.) and businessman Andrew YangAndrew YangHillicon Valley: Justice Department announces superseding indictment against WikiLeaks' Assange | Facebook ad boycott gains momentum | FBI sees spike in coronavirus-related cyber threats | Boston city government bans facial recognition technology The Hill's Campaign Report: Progressives feel momentum after primary night Clinton, Buttigieg among Democrats set to hold virtual events for Biden MORE

“Giffords and March for Our Lives are proud to collaborate with MSNBC on a landmark forum so that voters and viewers can hear directly from candidates about how they would address America’s gun violence crisis. Gun safety and the fight to save lives will be one of the defining issues of the race for president in 2020,” said Peter Ambler, executive director of Giffords. 

“We are excited to announce that MSNBC will join both March For Our Lives and Giffords to broadcast live the 2020 Gun Safety Forum, so that presidential candidates can share what we hope are bold, ambitious, and comprehensive plans to address America’s gun violence crisis,” added Bria Smith, a board member for March for Our Lives. 

Gun control has been thrust back into the national spotlight after a string of lethal mass shootings, with the deadliest occurring last month in El Paso, Texas, where a gunman killed 22 people.

Attorney General William BarrBill BarrDemocrat asks Barr to preserve any records tied to environmental hacking probe Justice Dept. considering replacing outgoing US attorney in Brooklyn with Barr deputy: report Ousted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week MORE has been circulating a plan on Capitol Hill to expand background checks for gun purchases, but conservatives have signaled unease with the proposal. President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE has yet to declare what he would personally support.