Aurora theater ceremony, pro-gun rally collide at state park Friday

Posted: July 18, 2013 in Constitution, local news
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By Ryan Parker
The Denver Post


Two groups will meet at noon Friday at Cherry Creek State Park to mark the first anniversary of the Aurora movie theater massacre — one will remember those killed by guns, and the other will rally to support the Second Amendment.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns will hold a remembrance at the park for the victims of gun violence, Mayors Against Illegal Guns outreach and policy associate Stephen Barton said.

“It’s an opportunity for the community to come together and remember the 12 who were killed and 70 others injured,” said Barton, who was shot in the neck and wounded by shrapnel when a gunman opened fire July 20, 2012, during a midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises.”

The remembrance event begins at noon at the Smoky Hill Shelter. Victims of gun violence and family members of some who were killed in the theater shooting will address the crowd and read the names of gun violence victims from across the country. The roll call is expected to end at 12:38 a.m. Saturday, to mark to official moment when gunshots were fired inside the Century Aurora 16.

Windsor-based Rocky Mountain Gun Owners has planned a counter-rally at noon Friday at the Smoky Hill Shelter.

“We’ll be answering Mayor Bloomberg,” Rocky Mountain Gun Owners executive director Dudley Brown said.

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg organized and funds Mayors Against Illegal Guns. The organization lobbied for stricter gun controls nationally and in Colorado, where four initiatives passed in the last legislative session, including limits on ammunition magazine size and universal background checks.

The gun owners’ gathering will be a “peaceful counter-rally to tell big city gun-grabber Bloomberg to keep his hands off of our Constitutional rights,” according to the organization’s Facebook page.

State parks officials said participants in both rallies will need to pay the $9 per car gate fee to enter.

Ryan Parker: 303-954-2409,

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