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Brother of Strip shooting victim speaks out against gun violence

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Updated: 3/17/2013 12:12 am
Las Vegas cab driver Michael Boldon was killed in the crash following the strip shooting. Today, Bolden's brother pleaded with Nevada lawmakers to make a change. News 3's Sandra Gonzalez has more on the grieving brother's plea.

LAS VEGAS (KSVN & MyNews3) --
Gun violence hits close to home for one family. Tehran Boldon lost his brother last month in the Strip shooting that ended in a fiery crash. His brother Michael was the cab driver who died at Flamingo and Las Vegas Boulevard.

One month ago, he would’ve never envisioned himself speaking before lawmakers, but here he was in Las Vegas at a videoconference before a Senate Committee being seen and heard in Carson City.

“I'm one man here speaking for gun control,” said Boldon said on camera.

He was alone in the hearing room in the Grant Sawyer Building among several gun rights advocates listening to a hearing from the Senate judiciary on gun violence.

“Until they understand what it means to lose a family member, I think then they should speak about gun control. They don't know. They did not have to bury their brother because of lax gun laws,” Boldon said.
“You'll never eliminate murder, you'll never eliminate robbery. But there's ways to go about it without taking my right to defend myself away,” said firearms instructor Mike Murray.

“My passion for being here is to make sure that our state legislature under stands that our second amendment rights are foundational to be an American and that they cannot just be chipped away at whenever a tragedy presents itself as an opportunity,” said Vern Brooks, a gun rights advocate.

The informational hearing on gun violence covered the gamut from assault weapons ban, to limits on magazine size, and even tightening gun sales to the mentally unstable.

While nothing was solved, information was given and time was allotted for people to speak, a whole new arena for Tehran Boldon.
“We just want an accountability system. We want less guns on the street. We want less guns in the hands of felons and children and mentally unstable people,” Boldon said.

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