One year after Aurora, two sides of gun debate rally at same place

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DENVER - Both sides of the fence held rallies at Cherry Creek state park to mark the one year anniversary of the Aurora shootings.

Starting about 1 p.m. Friday the group No More Names started reciting the identities of gun violence victims. No More Names is sponsored by the Mayors Against Illegal Guns group.

Victims and families of other shootings also spoke.

These included Colleen Sanders, who lost her father 14 years ago in the Columbine shootings. Sanders said, “Someday there will be peace. Someday the horror of those memories may be replaced with feelings of joy, and with feelings of hope that this is lessening.”

Gun rights supporters held their own rally nearby. While they did express sympathy for the victims of the Aurora tragedy, they see the solution differently.

Rob Blancken said, “It’s a tragedy that what happened in Aurora that we have to have remembrances like this, but if one person in that theatre would have had a concealed carry James Holmes would have been dead.”

The reading of the names will continue through Friday night, ending at 12:38 a.m. Saturday, exactly one year after the mass shooting.

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