Rep. Larson\’s SOTU Guest Will Be HDI President Ross Hollander

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U.S. Rep. John Larson is joining his some of his congressional colleagues by inviting someone who\’s life has been pierced by gun violence to watch the State of the Union address.

Larson\’s guest will be Ross Hollander, the president of Hartford Distributors in Manchester, site of one of the deadliest mass shootings in state history.

“For tomorrow’s State of the Union Address, House members across the nation have banded together to invite guests who have been affected by violence,\’\’ Larson said.

\”I am pleased to be bringing my long-time friend Ross Hollander, President of Hartford Distributors in Manchester. On August 3, 2010, Ross and his family experienced one of the worst tragedies the first district has ever seen as eight employees of Hartford Distributors were shot and killed and two were injured in a senseless, horrific act of violence. Since then the Hollander family has remained committed to honoring the lives of the employees they lost and have continued their selfless, charitable work in communities across Connecticut.”


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3 thoughts on “Rep. Larson\’s SOTU Guest Will Be HDI President Ross Hollander

  1. sjay

    Really, Congressman Larson? Is that the best you can do? It’s probably nice that Ross Hollander is your long time friend. In fact I’m sure it is. But Ross Hollander’s family’s life has NOT been touched by gun violence the way others have been. Please, you would have done better by not having anyone as your guest; but then again he’s you long time friend and I guess you could use that as your rationale rahter than what you want us to think.

  2. BP

    Congressan Larson’s invitation to Mr.Hollander is a note worthy choice to represent this district and community tonight. The tragedy of the HDI shootings has effected many families,friends,fellow employees and communities, and will continue to do so for generations. Mental illness, gun violence, and our nation’s acceptance of the status quo will effect all of us sooner or later. Whether it’s at a park, mall, work place or school we cannot forget and we must not forget. As an employer, I feel a responsibitly and connection to all my employees, and I do care personally about their safety and well being. I know and have seen Mr. Hollander’s grief and support for all the victims, their families and their fellow workers. He goes to work each day knowing others will not.

  3. daughter

    As a daughter of one of the victim’s, I can assure you that the Hollander family has not been as supportive as they lead you to believe. We have not heard a word from them in a very long time. His invitation to represent families affected by gun violence is an insult to not only my family, but the other families of this tragedy that actually do support each other. Lucky for him, his family members are not buried under a tombstone that reads August 3, 2010.

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