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Rep. Mike Coffman's Town Hall Draws Florida Shooting Jeers

Rep. Mike Coffman's Town Hall Draws Florida Shooting Jeers

Students from Montgomery Blair High School march down Colesville Road in support of gun reform legislation Feb. 21, 2018, in Silver Spring, Maryland. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 21 February 2018 12:46 PM

Rep. Mike Coffman's town hall meeting in suburban Denver on Tuesday drew jeers as people in attendance demanded greater action on guns following the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

The jabs began during what was meant to be a moment of silence for the 17 people that were killed in the Florida school shooting incident last week, CBS News reported.

Instead, Coffman took heat from angry participants demanding more stringent gun control measures.

"Let's do something for them!" one man yelled.

"We're done with thoughts and prayers!" another participant said.

Suburban Denver, which forms part of Coffman's swing district, has seen its share of mass shootings.

The 2012 Aurora theater massacre which, according to CNN, resulted in 12 people being killed and 70 injured after James Holmes opened fire into an audience attending a screening of "The Dark Knight," occurred just miles from where the town hall meeting was held on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, just over the district line is Columbine High School, the site of the tragic 1999 shooting that saw 15 killed and 23 hospitalized, CBS News noted.

Coffman has been a political target for Democrats in the district who voted for Barack Obama in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016, KDVR reported, and while gun control has not been central to the Democrats' voting campaigns, this could shift.

For years gun control activists have pushed for Coffman, who has received $34,000 in contributions from the National Rifle Association, to back more restrictions.

Last week, Democratic challenger Jason Crow called on Coffman to return the NRA donations and to take charge on gun measures, Colorado Politics reported.

"Mass shootings in Aurora, Las Vegas, and now Parkland, Florida, add to the countless acts of senseless gun violence across the country," he said. "We must act now to pass commonsense gun safety reform and it's up to Republicans in control of Washington to get to work."

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