A month after three people were shot and killed at the Gilroy Garlic Festival and just weeks after 31 others were killed in separate mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Jackie Speier called for comprehensive gun violence legislation at a town hall in San Francisco Tuesday evening.
Pelosi and Speier, seated in front of four prominently placed American flags in the packed auditorium of Lincoln High School, repeated calls for “common sense” gun legislation. The two Democrats joined Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action, and Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, the surgeon general of California, in a discussion with local residents.
The “VIP” guest on the panel, Pelosi said, was 17-year-old AJ Santiago, a student at Phillip and Sala Burton Academic High School in San Francisco. AJ’s best friend, Day’von Hann, 15, was shot and killed near his Mission District home in July.