‘Bring everything you’ve got’: SLO panelists urge action on curbing gun violence | The Tribune

'Bring everything you've got': SLO panelists urge action on curbing gun violence | The Tribune

As an estimated 230 people sat down in a San Luis Obispo church on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend for a town hall on gun violence, the significance of the holiday wasn’t lost on one of the panelists. Richard Martinez, whose 20-year-old son Christopher Michaels-Martinez was one of three people killed by a shooter in Isla Vista in 2014, marked the occasion by discussing the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall that sits in Washington, D.C. There are nearly 60,000 names on the wall . "Every year in this country, 13,000 Americans are killed in gun homicides," he said. "If we built the Vietnam Wall for civilians who’ve been killed in this country in the last 10 years, it would be twice the length of the Vietnam Wall." Martinez was one of four panelists who spoke at the town hall at the United Church of Christ (Congregational) on Los Osos Valley Road. Help us deliver journalism that makes a difference in our community. Our journalism takes a lot of time, effort, and hard work to produce. If you read and enjoy our journalism, please consider subscribing today. SUBSCRIBE TODAY San Luis Obispo, California, is part of March For Our Lives, a worldwide planned demonstration on March 24. Locals walked through downtown SLO to protest for better gun control and safer schools after recent mass shootings. Laura Dickinson Also speaking at the event — hosted by Women’s March San Luis Obispo in partnership with local high school students and a variety […]

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