Although this probably shouldn't come as any real surprise, it should be noted that Colorado Democrat candidate for Governor Mike Johnston has released his proposal for increased gun control measures in the state.
February 8, 2018
Every time gun violence strikes, there are those who claim there’s nothing we can do to prevent it. That is nonsense. There’s plenty we can do -- we just need to have the courage to do it.
Our hearts collectively stop when we see the news alert: another shooting. The wounds from Columbine, Aurora, and too many other tragic days in our shared history remain raw, and will never fully heal.
Every time gun violence strikes, there are those who claim there’s nothing we can do to prevent it. That is nonsense. There’s plenty we can do — we just need to have the courage to do it.
For too long, elected leaders from both parties have failed to act, either in service to or out of fear of the gun lobby. Powerful interest groups, like the National Rifle Association, block life-saving, commonsense, measures by funneling resources to their cronies in Congress. In turn, these politicians ignore the will of their constituents in favor of the gun lobby’s bottom line. Thankfully, the gun lobby does not represent the vast majority of gun owners in America — or in Colorado.
We must act now. We owe it to brave police officers killed in the line of duty. We owe it to the twelve families who lost a loved one at the Century 16 theater in Aurora. We owe it to the 700 people who died at the hands of a gunman last year and thousands who will die in the years to come if we don’t take action. We owe it to the kids trying to go on without their mom, the teachers with an empty seat in their classrooms, the spouses who now lie alone in bed — the thousands who have a hole in their lives that can never be filled because we have lacked the courage to act. We owe it to all Coloradans.
Responsible gun ownership has been a tradition in my family for generations, and the values associated with that heritage are ones I intend to pass down to my children. I take the responsibility of gun ownership seriously — and so, as a gun owner, it was my duty to stand up for gun safety while representing Coloradans in the State Senate. In the aftermath of the horrific shooting at the Aurora theater, I fought to limit the capacity of magazines and institute stronger background checks. I’m also proud of the work I did to protect women from domestic abusers. The gun lobby fought me the entire way, but my record proves that progress only requires courage. I’m proud of the work we did.
The following plans outlines three steps we must take to prevent gun violence, and one step we must take to ensure that if someone does open fire against our neighbors, we won’t face the same devastation we’ve seen in too many shootings in our state’s shared history:
I Will Keep Guns Away From People Who Are a Danger to Themselves and Others
We have a responsibility to protect the innocent, and keep guns away from people who have shown they intend to do harm. We must keep these deadly weapons away from:
-Those Who Commit Domestic Violence — As part of this effort, I will improve implementation of SB-197, which requires that individuals who are under certain domestic violence protective orders or are convicted of certain domestic crimes may not purchase or possess a firearm. I will ensure judges issue this order and police capture guns. I will also close the loophole that allows for non-married, non-cohabitating domestic abusers to own a gun.
- Those Who Commit Hate Crimes — Those who have demonstrated a willingness to act on hate should not be trusted with guns. In a country that is struggling to heal from hate-fueled massacres at Charleston AME church and the Pulse Nightclub, we must ensure that those who commit hate crimes of any kind are prevented from access weapons that can do mass harm. Currently Coloradans who commit hate crime felonies may not have a gun, but those who commit hate crimes misdemeanors can carry a gun the next day. As Governor, I will impose a ten year prohibition for those convicted of hate crime misdemeanors.
-Individuals at Risk of Harming Themselves or Others — Often, families are the first to recognize that a loved one is in crisis. They can see the signs when someone poses a danger to themselves or others. According to the Brady Center, 42% of individuals who commit mass murders exhibit concerning behavior before their crimes. Gun Violence Restraining Orders, also known as Extreme Risk Protection Orders, allow police officers and family and household members to petition a court to temporarily separate a person from firearms if there is documented evidence they may hurt themselves or others.
I Will Make Colorado Schools the Safest in the County
Too many parents in Colorado have endured the devastation of losing a child to an act of violence committed at school, a place where we must insist all children can be safe to learn and grow. We can have an honest disagreement about exactly how to balance a commitment to public safety with the right to bear arms. But when it comes to our children and the schools that serve them, we need to get this right.
I will make Colorado the first state in the nation to put into place a comprehensive approach to preventing violence in schools. I will enact the three key research-backed strategies that Sandy Hook Promise, the extraordinary nonprofit founded by the parents of children murdered in that horrific tragedy, have proven can prevent school violence:
-Support all schools to develop threat assessment plans and trainings for gun violence in schools. Many Colorado schools already do this, but it must be universal. Schools would be given additional support to use the best available evidence to keep their students safe.
-Support all schools to provide suicide prevention training to teachers, administrators, and students. By identifying the warning signs of a mental health crises before it escalates, and connecting that child to appropriate care, we can prevent our kids from self-harm.
-Establish an anonymous reporting system, with supporting training, that would be 24/7, free and accessible to all schools, parents, teachers, students, and administrators across the state. This is a critical way to make sure everyone in the school ecosystem knows how to identify the warning signs of violence and that this information quickly gets to those who can help prevent harm.
I Will Ban Weapons and Accessories Designed for Assault and Mass Murder
While we may not be able to prevent every single act of gun violence, we can do more to address those weapons that are designed for and capable of increased destruction and harm.
We took a big step in 2013 by limiting magazines to 15 rounds. But too many dangerous weapons still remain. We must make sure our policies improve as quickly as weapons dealers seek to evade them.
In particular, bump stocks must go. The massacre in Las Vegas in 2017 was the worst mass shooting in American history: 58 concert goers were killed and over 500 people were injured. The shooter in Vegas used a bump stock, which made it possible for him to fire long, deadly bursts from a semi-automatic rifle. These gun conversion devices turn semi-automatic rifles into de facto automatic weapons capable of inflicting mass casualties. Right now these devices are completely unregulated. This must change. In fighting for limits on magazine sizes on the Senate floor in 2013, I said that “the task of taking lives and the task of saving lives are fundamentally different endeavors, and they require different tools.” Bump stocks are tools for taking lives. We will outlaw them.
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Off the Reservation
Received this via email today from NRA/ILA, sorry couldn't find a link, just a copy and paste:
Tomorrow, the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee is scheduled to consider House Bill 1015. Please contact committee members and strongly urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 1015.
Sponsored by Representatives Lori Saine and Stephen Humphrey, and Senator Owen Hill, House Bill 1015 seeks to repeal the misguided 2013 law that limited the amount of ammunition a firearm magazine can hold. By removing this restriction, law-abiding Coloradans are not limited in their ability to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Again, please contact members of the House State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee and strongly urge them to SUPPORT House Bill 1015.
You can run, but you cannot hide.
If you won't stand behind our troops, feel free to stand in front of them.
After receiving the email I was doing the same thing but couldn't find a link on their website either. They didn't give us much heads-up on this so thanks for posting it up as quickly as you did.
Hickenlooper & Kate Brown (Gov. Oregon) were on MSDNC. Hick was making Assault Weapons noises.
... So much bullshit in this interview.
Loyalty Above All Else, Except Honor
Per NRA-ILA alert:
On Monday, March 19, the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee is scheduled to consider two gun bills. Please contact committee members and strongly urge them to OPPOSE Senate Bill 51 and to SUPPORT Senate Bill 52.
Colorado: Contact Committee Members About Gun Bills
Senate Bill 51, sponsored by Senator Michael Merrifield, would make it a crime to knowingly possess a “multi-burst trigger activator” that is designed or functions to accelerate the rate of fire of a semi-automatic firearm. The broad and overreaching provisions in this legislation could potentially criminalize firearm modifications such as competition triggers, and ergonomic changes that are commonly done by law-abiding gun owners to make their firearms more suitable for self-defense, competition, hunting, or even overcoming disability.
Senate Bill 52, sponsored by Senator Owen Hill, and Representatives Lori Saine and Stephen Humphrey, seeks to repeal the misguided 2013 law that limited the amount of ammunition a firearm magazine can hold. By removing this restriction, law-abiding Coloradans are not limited in their ability to protect themselves and their loved ones.
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