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SAN ANTONIO (August 28, 2019) —San Antonio City Councilman Manny Peláez, District 8, will host the second installation of a three-part town hall series on gun violence and the mass shootings epidemic. This second town hall will focus on public safety, readiness, and prevention with a panel moderated by Danielle Hargrove. This discussion will be held on the first-floor auditorium at the Central Library (600 Soledad St, San Antonio, TX 78205) on Thursday, Aug. 29 from 6-8 p.m.
“Now is the time we must face this epidemic head-on,” Councilman Pelaez said. “I know that these conversations are difficult--even frightening--to have, but in order to prepare our community for such an event, we must be willing to sit down and have an open dialogue about gun violence and how to be prepared. I hope the San Antonio community will join me this week and have this necessary conversation.”
The panel will discuss strategies for prevention and public readiness in the event of a mass shooting and will include Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, UTSA Police Chief Gerald Lewis, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus and San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood. Following the moderated discussion, Councilman Peláez will lead an interactive audience participation activity and Q&A session with the panel.
Upcoming--the third and final installment of this town hall series will take place on the evening of Tuesday, Sept. 10. This will be a community forum emphasizing steps that the public and governing bodies can take to reduce the risks of gun violence and its impacts on our communities.
Councilman Peláez aims to rally our community in solidarity in the face of recent and ongoing gun tragedies. First, by providing information to understand the underlying causes and impacts of gun violence and empowering the community to move forward and take action.