GOP Rep. Faces Protests At Town Hall: ‘We’re Done With Thoughts And Prayers’

AURORA, CO - APRIL 24: Representative Mike Coffman, R, speaks to the media after a visit of Aurora's new VA hospital construction site, April 24, 2015. The hospital's $604 million construction budget and now is expec... AURORA, CO - APRIL 24: Representative Mike Coffman, R, speaks to the media after a visit of Aurora's new VA hospital construction site, April 24, 2015. The hospital's $604 million construction budget and now is expected to cost $1.73 billion. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 21, 2018 8:58 a.m.

During a town hall in his Colorado district Tuesday night, Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) faced a barrage of questions about gun control in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Florida last week.

During a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting, several attendees called for action on gun control instead of prayers.

“Weโ€™re done with thoughts and prayers!โ€ one audience member yelled out during the moment of silence, according to the Associated Press.

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Attendees held signs related to gun control, including one that noted the National Rifle Association’s contributions to Coffman’s campaign. And several audience members asked the congressman about gun control efforts โ€” his district includes the town of Aurora, the site of a deadly 2012 shooting at a movie theater.

One woman asked him how he would work to keep weapons like the AR-15 out of civilian hands. Another woman identified herself as the wife of a first responder who was at the scene of the Columbine high school shooting, also in Colorado. She told Coffman that a 19-year-old should not be able to buy a “weapon of mass destruction.”

In response, Coffman said that laws won’t necessarily stop the next tragedy.

Watch clips from the town hall via Fox 31 in Denver:

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