AURORA | Rev. Jesse Jackson is scheduled to visit Aurora on Thursday to address gun control in light of last week’s theater massacre.
Pastor Thomas Mayes of Living water Christian Center Church in Aurora said the civil rights activist will tour Aurora, meet with the family of one of the victims and hold a press conference.
The press conference is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Thursday at James Holmes’ apartment at 1690 Paris St. Holmes is accused of killing 12 people and wounding 58 more at the Century Aurora 16 theater July 20.
Mayes said Jackson will discuss gun control.
“We’re looking at the issue of gun control, that’s one of the main things we want to push,” Mayes said.
Police say Holmes’ used an AR-15 assault rifle, a 12-gauge shotgun and a .40-caliber pistol during the rampage. They say he also wore bullet-resistant body armor from head to feet.
Mayes, whose church is at 1585 Kingston St., said he hopes the event can shine a light not only on gun-control issues, but on some of the crime problems in the north Aurora neighborhood where Holmes lived.
Earlier this month, a pastor was shot during a robbery a few blocks away and Mayes said crime in general is on the rise in the area.
“We have a problem of Aurora being in more or less a state of denial that we have any problems,” he said.