"Yeah, we invited him over if he wanted to see what it was like to sit at a dinner table without your child," Tom Teves told Phoenix's KPNX in a report that aired Wednesday.
"To sit in Alex's seat," Caren Teves added.
The couple supports stricter gun control measures in the wake of their son's killing, including a ban on assault weapons. KPNX's Brahm Resnik reported that Flake has reached out to Tom Teves twice, but they haven't connected yet. Resnik added that Flake's spokeswoman told him the senator will keep trying and they'll discuss meeting.
TPM reported in February that Tom Teves had sent a letter to Flake and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), urging them to take action on guns. What he received from the senators were impersonal form letters that didn't even mention the Aurora shooting. They referred instead to the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.
Flake spokeswoman Genevieve Rozansky apologized for the impersonal letter Tom Teves received. “While the letter from Senator Flake outlines his position on gun control as requested, Mr. Teves absolutely should have received a personalized response acknowledging his deep loss, and we’re very sorry that he received a form letter,” she told TPM in a written statement.