Tucson is hosting an event today that will focus on two topics many consider important – gun control and mental health. There will be several panelists sharing their opinions during the free event, being held at Loft Cinema.
Panelists will include survivors from Virginia Tech and the January 8 mass shooting here in Tucson, as well as law enforcement and local elected officials.
Activities will start with a viewing of the documentary ‘Living for 32', based on the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre. The film was created by Colin Goddard, a Virginia Tech survivor who used a hidden camera to show how easy it is to purchase a firearm without a background check.
Tucson News Now spoke recently with Stephen Brigham, President of the January 8 Memorial Foundation about the event.
"I think it is an important thing to do, to not only understand what's happening nationally with mental health and gun control, so forth, but what are we doing to honor that tragedy that took place here," stated Brigham.
The panelists will be speaking after the screening this evening, on the issues of mental health and gun control; about having local law enforcement work with mental health groups so that people who need treatment, can get it.
The screening and presentation are free and open to the public.
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