Representative Jason Crow

Representing the 6th District of Colorado

Ahead of Aurora Theater Shooting Anniversary, Rep. Crow Gives Speech on House Floor

July 18, 2019
Press Release

Today, Rep. Jason Crow (CO-06) spoke on the House floor in memory of the victims of the Aurora Theater Shooting. The 7th anniversary of the shooting is this Saturday, July 20. You can watch the one minute floor speech here.

Below please find remarks as delivered:

Thank you, Madam Speaker.

I rise today in solemn memory of the 12 lives lost and the countless lives changed forever seven years ago in the Aurora Theater shooting. 

Since then, I have gotten to know many of the victims’ families and I stand in awe of their courage and strength. Many have become stewards in our community and their lived example is an inspiration to us all.

People like State Rep. Tom Sullivan who honors his son’s life by serving in the Colorado State Legislature and fighting for gun violence prevention. Or Sandy and Lonnie Phillips who lost their daughter and have spent their days since advocating for survivors across the country. 

Today, my only wish is to tell them we haven’t forgotten. 

Looking at this chamber, it may seem as if we have moved on. In the seven years since that day, little has changed. Our country is no safer. 

We disagree about how to solve the problem, but we do agree there is a problem. There is a public health crisis in our country and it doesn’t matter if you live in a red or blue district.  

I stand here today committed to making a change, committed to showing families in our community that just because time has passed, our urgency to addressing gun violence has not. 

Thank you. I yield back.