Parkland students, gun control advocates to hold nationwide gun safety town halls

Parkland students, gun control advocates to hold nationwide gun safety town halls
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The group founded by survivors of last year's school shooting in Parkland Florida is working with two other gun control groups to hold a series of town halls in four cities across the country to urge Congress to pass legislation implementing universal background checks on gun purchases.

March for Our Lives will team up with Giffords, which was founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) after she survived being shot in the head during an assassination attempt, and the Town Hall Project.

“The only way to tackle the biggest problems facing our country is to bring people together to discuss solutions,” Giffords said in a statement announcing the town halls Thursday.

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“When communities come together to share stories, ask questions, and exchange ideas, we’re able to bridge divides, find unity, and amplify our calls for action. These Gun Safety Town Hall events will create an important opportunity for anyone concerned about gun violence to speak up and demand that those we elected to protect us are fighting for the solutions we need to make our country a safer place to live, work, learn and play.” 

The first town hall will take place Saturday in Denver and will feature gun violence prevention experts, local advocates and lawmakers who will answer questions from community members regarding gun safety. The other events will take place in Raleigh, Austin and Charleston, S.C. 

The town halls will urge Congress to pass The Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019, which was introduced on the eighth anniversary of Giffords’ shooting and would require a federal background check on all public and private firearm purchases.

“Our marching and organizing in 2018 has led us to this important point where we as a country can take another step towards ending gun violence by passing this bipartisan background check bill. We are calling on our supporters across the country to join us in the fight, and contact their elected officials to ensure H.R. 8 is passed. Together we can put an end to gun violence,” Jaclyn Corin, co-founder of March For Our Lives said.

Support for universal background checks have risen in recent years following a string of high-profile mass shootings. A June 2017 Quinnipiac University poll found that 94 percent of Americans support such a measure.