Jan 7, 2014 6:46 PM

Mental health, gun control, topics of discussion tonight at Loft Cinema

TUCSON - Tomorrow marks three years since the mass shooting in Tucson that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

To honor the day, the January 8th Memorial Foundation has set up various activities across town.

Tonight at 6:30pm at the Loft Cinema, the public can catch a screening of "Living for 32". It tells the story of Colin Goddard, a student who survived the mass shooting at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007.

Pat Maisch, who survived the mass shooting in Tucson, plans on attending. "I believe all the mass shootings are perpetuated by people who are mentally ill," Maisch says.

Over the last three years Maisch has advocated for stronger background checks, an initiative which legislators failed to pass last spring. "Our legislators are so in the hands of the NRA and gun manufacturers," Maisch says.

She hopes screening films like "Living for 32" will help decrease the amount of guns on the street and the violence.

But gun supporters say there is no way to stop every incident and they want to be prepared. "You never know when a shooter is going to attack and I personally believe that the best line of defense is to defend yourself," says Ken Rineer. "If that's with a firearm, then so be it."

Rineer is president of Gun Owners of Arizona. He also disagrees with universal background checks, which would mean every gun transfer would have to go through a dealer. "If you wanted to hand down a piece of furniture of your home to your child someday should you have to go through a furniture dealer?" Rineer says.

If you would like to attend tonight's screening, doors open at 6pm at the Loft Cinema located at Speedway and Country Club. Admission is free.

For more information about "Living for 32", click here.


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