SENTINEL POLS: Beto O’Rourke schedules Thursday town hall meeting in Aurora about gun control, at town hall

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Democratic presidential candidate former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke answers a question Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019, during a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by ABC at Texas Southern University in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

AURORA | Democratic primary hopeful Beto O’Rourke is slated to conduct a town-hall meeting focusing on gun violence and gun control Thursday evening at Aurora city hall, according to O’Rourke campaign officials.

Last week, gun-control activist former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords came to Aurora to endorse Omar Montgomery for Aurora mayor, based on his views on gun control. Two weeks before, Giffords conducted an Aurora town hall meeting in Aurora with Congressman Jason Crow, who represents Aurora.

State House Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Centennial is slated to introduce O’Rourke. Sullivan is a leading gun-control activist in Colorado. His son, Alex, was killed during the 2012 Aurora theater shooting.

“Beto will continue to encourage Americans to connect the dots about the harm of Trump’s recklessness and racism and refuse to back down on his call for immediate action on gun control, including a mandatory buyback of assault weapons,” campaign officials said in a statement.

O’Rourke grabbed headlines during the most recent televised Democratic presidential candidate debate when he told the audience, “”Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47, and we’re not going to allow it to be used against your fellow Americans anymore,” the former Texas congressman said.

The Sept. 19 event is from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. and reservation requests are available at BetoORourke.com. The meeting is slated for the City Cafe inside Aurora city hall at 15151 E. Alameda Parkway.

— SENTINEL NEWS DESK