onePULSE Foundation delays gun violence forum after Parkland shooting

Town hall to focus on impact of gun violence in community

By Erika Briguglio - Producer, Emilee Speck - Digital journalist

Scenes from outside Pulse nightclub in Orlando on June 12, 2017, one year after the mass shooting that killed 49 people and injured more than 50 others.

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - A spokesperson for the onePulse Foundation said Monday a town hall forum that will focus on gun violence in the community and country has been delayed out of respect for the Valentine's Day shooting at a Parkland, Florida, high school.

“In the wake of last week’s tragedy, now is the time to focus on the Parkland community and the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Our kinship and love go out to the families and survivors grappling with devastation too deep to comprehend," foundation officials said in a news release. "We share their grief, and we fully support their message: Gun violence must end.”

The forum was scheduled to take place Feb. 21 at the Orlando Repertory Theater, on Princeton Street. A new date and time has not been announced.

Foundation members said George C. Benjamin, the executive director of American Public Health Association; Patricia Thompson, retired special agent Inspector; Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; and Thomas Gabor, author of "Confronting Gun Violence in America" will be panelists at the forum. 

Officials of onePulse Foundation announced plans last year for the town hall forum series as part of its community outreach plan.

Admission is free and tickets are available here.

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