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Presidential candidates focus on gun violence, school safety at policy forum

Photo: Young activists at the March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C., March 24, 2018.

Any political candidate would agree that students and educators deserve better than to live in fear of a shooting at their school. But what do the 2020 presidential candidates actually plan to do about the issue of rampant gun violence in America?

Nine presidential candidates got on stage to answer that question at a forum in Las Vegas on Wednesday, nearly 2 years to the day after a gunman killed 58 people at a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip.

(Sen. Bernie Sanders planned to be at the forum, but was forced to cancel after undergoing a heart procedure.)

The forum was organized by the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence and March for Our Lives, the organization founded by student survivors of last year’s mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., in which seventeen students and educators were killed.

In the audience were many activists whose lives have been touched by gun violence—not only mass shootings, but also suicides, accidental shootings, and unrelenting, commonplace gun violence on the streets of their communities. Nearly 40,000 Americans died from gunshot wounds in 2017, according to the CDC.

You can watch the entire forum or video clips of the individual candidates’ comments. Here’s a collection of moments from the forum:

Vice President Joe Biden

Senator Cory Booker

Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Secretary Julian Castro

Senator Kamala Harris

Senator Amy Klobuchar

Congressman Beto O’Rourke

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Andrew Yang



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