On June 9, at noon, members of the community will peacefully gather at Plaza Park to commemorate the anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting and to discuss how gun violence affects people of minorities such as the LGBTQ+ community. The intent is to bring people together and encourage people to get educated and involved with the issue that is gun violence in America. The event will be hosted by the National Association of Students Against Gun Violence. People will gather to have an educated discussion about how gun violence affects people of minorities.
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 marks the 2-year anniversary of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in which 49 people were killed and 53 were injured. People of the LGBTQ+ community were specifically targeted in this shooting, and they continue to be victims of gun violence to this day. This is why citizens of Ventura will gather to talk about gun violence and its effect on minority communities.
Guest speakers will include students, elected officials, and members of organizations that work to protect people of minorities. This will be a peaceful event for the community to discuss gun violence, its causes, and possible solutions. Everyone is welcome.
The National Association of Students Against Gun Violence is working across the U.S. to empower students and advocate for common sense gun laws. The President of the Ventura County chapter is Eric Martinez, the head of the Foothill Technology High School chapter and the organizer of this event is student Hannah Yale.