Colorado consultant mentioned to colleague whose son was killed whereas filming on the Aurora Theater, “it’s important to let go”

DENVER (KDVR) – A republican state representative told another lawmaker whose son was murdered while filming at the Aurora Theater on Friday: “You have to let go.”

Rep. Richard Holtorf made this comment to Rep. Tom Sullivan after Sullivan spoke about his son Alex, gun violence and Colorado’s red flag law.

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The comments from both lawmakers came during the House’s announcements and introductions on Friday morning.

“Today is the 448th Friday since my son Alex was murdered in the Aurora Theater massacre,” said Democrat Sullivan.

Alex Sullivan was one of 12 people killed in the 2012 shootings.

Sullivan then spoke about Colorado’s “Red Flag” law, which allows law enforcement officers to confiscate people’s firearms in extreme circumstances. Sullivan was one of the bill’s sponsors in 2019.

“I can assure you that it means a lot to families who don’t have to endure another year or empty chair around their Christmas table like my family has endured for the past eight years,” Sullivan said of the law.

“I’m here to remind you every day what gun violence looks like,” continued Sullivan. “Whether you’re listening or not, I will keep coming to this microphone and telling you about its effects.”

Moments later, Holtorf spoke.

“I’ll tell you that we’ve all suffered losses in our lives,” said Holtorf. “Here’s the most important thing to remember: Scripture tells us that if something is taken away from us, we must understand that there may be a time when God needs the spirits of these children to do something in heaven to do.”

Holtorf, an army veteran, farmer, and rancher who represents southeast Colorado, then said the people of the house shouldn’t be vengeful or divisive about the loss they may have suffered.

“Let me tell you,” said Holtorf, referring to his military service. “The most important lesson I’ve learned – and that I offer my colleagues, especially the one who just spoke – is that you have to let go.”

Check out the two representatives Sullivan and Holtorf on YouTube. Sullivan starts in the video at 3:45 p.m.

Neither Sullivan nor Holtorf submitted comments.

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