The Latest: Giffords urges Democrats, GOP to act on guns

1 year 9 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, October 02 2019 Oct 2, 2019 October 02, 2019 11:31 AM October 02, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on a gun control forum for presidential candidates in Las Vegas (all times local):

10:15 a.m.

Former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is kicking off a gun control forum with presidential candidates in Las Vegas by calling for Democrats, Republicans and independents to come together and “be responsible” and fight for change.

Giffords was on stage with March For Our Lives student activists and Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy. She said “stopping gun violence takes courage” and new ideas.

Giffords was shot and gravely wounded during a constituent meeting in Tucson, Arizona in 2011. She went on to set up a gun control advocacy organization, which co-hosted Wednesday’s event.

Nine of the 10 leading presidential candidates were expected to attend and speak about gun violence. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders canceled his appearance after having a heart procedure for a blocked artery Tuesday night.

12:01 a.m. As impeachment fever overtakes Washington, the progress made on stemming gun violence risks falling by the wayside. But gun control advocates are determined to prevent that from happening.

Ten White House hopefuls will be in Las Vegas for a forum on gun policy on Wednesday - almost two years to the day after a gunman killed 58 people at a country music festival on the Las Vegas Strip in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history.

The forum is an effort to keep gun violence front and center of the debate.

Polls show that a majority of Americans favor stricter gun laws. But negotiations between President Donald Trump's administration and lawmakers over background checks have stalled in recent weeks. The effort faced long odds even before the impeachment inquiry.

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