AURORA - Politics intersected with remembrance at Cherry Creek State Park on Friday.
Supporters of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, the gun control advocacy group founded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, read aloud the names of victims of gun violence. The stop in Aurora, one day before the community marks one year since the theater shooting, is the latest event in a nationwide bus tour advocating for stricter gun control.
Nearby, gun rights supporters gathered and shared stories of people saved by the use of firearms. The Colorado chapter of Gun Rights Across America, which organized the event, urged supports to bring sympathy cards and flowers to give to victims' families who were attending the gun control rally.
A state parks spokesperson says rangers and law officers were present to keep the peace. Both events began at noon inside the park at the Smoky Hill Shelter - which is located on the east side of the lake and south of the swim beach.
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