Virtual town hall on advocating for gun violence prevention slated for Aug. 24

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AURORA | State Rep. Tom Sullivan has scheduled a campaign event, which Democrats are calling a “virtual town hall,” on gun violence prevention Wednesday, where he will be joined by fellow Democrats congressmen Jason Crow and Joe Neguse.

“Higher tier tickets will have Q/A question priority,” the event website says. Tier one tickets are selling for $400 a piece.

Sullivan currently serves as the state representative for Colorado’s 37 House District, and is running for the state Senate District 27 seat. An Air Force veteran, Sullivan entered politics after his son Alex was killed in the 2012 Aurora theater shooting. He’s been a strong advocate for gun safety legislation, including the passage of Colorado’s red flag law.

Sullivan said most recently that he plans to introduce a bill next legislative session that would raise the age to purchase an assault-style gun from 18-years-old to 21-years-old.

The virtual meeting will take place via Zoom at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24 and participants will discuss “how best to advocate for gun violence prevention,” according to Sullivan’s campaign.

The town hall meeting comes amid new legal challenges from gun rights activist groups that allege some Colorado gun control laws are unconstitutional.

Along with Crow and Neguse, Sullivan will be joined by Shannon Watts, founder of national gun safety organization Moms Demand Action, and T. Christian Heyne, vice president of policy for gun violence prevention advocacy group Brady United.

Sullivan’s campaign was endorsed by Brady’s Political Action Committee last week.

Sullivan’s record as a leader for gun violence prevention  is unimpeachable and began long before his time as a legislator. As an elected official, Rep. Sullivan has an unparalleled record of fighting for change deeply rooted in personal experience,” the organization said in a news release.

Information on tickets and how to register is online at secure.actblue.com/donate/gvptownhall.

This story has been updated to reflect the advertised town hall meeting is a paid event.

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Joe Felice
Joe Felice
1 month ago

I hope the gun lovers remain civil.

Zero
Zero
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe Felice

They won’t be there, this isn’t a real town hall, it’s a crock of shit fundraiser dressed up as a “town hall”. No gun lover is going to give Sullivan and Crow $400 for their campaigns to be able to attend this Zoom and ask a single question. No need to keep anyone civil when no one but rich sycophants are invited in the first place.

Matt
Matt
1 month ago
Reply to  Zero

I looked into this.

Yes, they are trying to raise money, but can you blame them? They are up against a multibillion-dollar industry that bankrolls candidates of the other side, and that’s just the gun lobby, not including the other corporations. 
As far as being disingenuous, they have a free community interest ticket and it would be my guess that they are going to record the event and put it on social media the next day. 

As far as being gross, is it gross for a victim of gun violence to try to get elected so that he can make sure what happened to his family doesn’t happen to someone else’s? Getting elected takes money and I don’t think the guy made millions working for the postal service for 30 years. And I personally think we need more working class, front-line community members in the office. Those people only raise money from grassroots donations. 

I can understand getting mad at politicians trying to fundraise off an issue that they really could care less about solving, but that doesn’t really track for a guy whose son was literally murdered in one of the most horrific mass shootings in American history? I’m sure plenty of people have fundraised off of his story. Why can’t he invite leaders and other elected officials to raise some money so that he has the resources to win a race he might very well lose? This paper I believe has said his race is one of the most competitive in the state and could decide which party controls the Senate. 

I say let him raise money, and if you really care about the issue you should donate to his campaign and go to the event. You might learn something and actually contribute to solving the problem of gun violence.

Zero
Zero
1 month ago
Reply to  Matt

I never said they shouldn’t raise money – it’s unfortunate that our political system requires fundraising, but it is the system we have in place, so they have to. They can even fundraise off issues – they probably should.

The issue here is that they pressed and promoted this event as a “Town Hall”, not a fundraiser, and they have access to questioners based on donation amount. They should have just called it a fundraiser, promoted it as such, and kept their campaigns separate from their official business. All the candidates know that this is required of them, and Crow and Neguse and Sullivan all receive training on this – they must never use their official role to benefit their campaigns. In this case, they all broke that rule, and they should be held accountable for that – and they should all have to actually live up to the fake ideals they promoted, and hold a REAL town hall.

People can pay money to support a candidate, but that expressly should NOT be part of a deal that allows the people with money to have better and more exclusive access to their representatives. This event charged an exorbitant fee for ASKING A POLICY QUESTION – something that every constituent of these representatives should have a right to do. They commodified a public right for their own campaign’s benefit – that’s gross. Candidates can charge fundraising fees for fancy tables or goofy gift baskets, not for town halls.

Zero
Zero
1 month ago
Reply to  Matt

Also, note that at the time they pressed and promoted this event, there was no “free community interest” ticket – that was an addition made in direct response to outrage like my own in the messages above.

Zero
Zero
1 month ago

I’m so pissed off about this. This is gross. Sullivan, Crow, and Bennet should all be fined for lying to the public and calling this fundraiser a community event – since they press released this as a community event instead of a high-dollar donor party, they should be required to let the community join for free now and actually hold a REAL town hall. Have any of these money-grubbing politicos had even had a REAL open townhall or community meeting in Aurora at all this year?? Probably no time left in their busy schedules for listening to their constituents without $400 to drop on a glorified campaign commercial.