Republican congress Rep. Mike Coffman (Colo.) faced rumbling and jeers at a town hall event Tuesday as constituents called for action on gun control.
Complaints broke out after he requested a moment of silence at a Town Hall meeting for the 17 people killed last week in the Florida school, with one person declaring that people are “done with thoughts and prayers,” according to CBS News.
“Let’s do something for them!” one man yelled at the beginning of Republican Rep. Mike Coffman’s town hall Tuesday night. Another participant cried out, “We’re done with thoughts and prayers!”
Coffman’s swing district in the Denver suburbs is all too familiar with mass shootings. A few miles to the northeast of the high school that hosted Tuesday’s town hall is the location of the Aurora theater massacre, where 13 people were shot to death in 2012. A few miles to the southwest of the town hall site, just across the district line, is Columbine High School, the site of the 1999 school shooting that killed 12.
Coffman, according to the AP, Coffman has received $34,000 in contributions from the National Rifle Association – more than any other member of Colorado’s congressional delegation.
But with the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. last week, gun control was a key issue at Coffman’s Tuesday town hall.
“I am ashamed, as it took children to shake me from my comfort zone to come forward to say enough is enough,” said Patti Seno, a Democrat, who attended the meeting, according to the AP. “An avalanche is coming to Washington, sir, and it is going to be led by our children.”
Coffman reportedly sought to defend his record on gun-related legislation. He told constituents that his decision last year to vote for a rollback of an Obama-era regulation barring Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own benefits was a civil rights issue.
That statement, however, was greeted with angry jeers and boos, according to the report.
“The angriest voices show up, I get that,” Coffman said, the news service reported. “I respect the views of the people here and it’s helpful to me, but often times it’s not the views of the totality of the district.”
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