Colorado purported to be testing ground for new draconian anti-gun measures
Courtesy Geoff B, a release from the NRA-ILA, portions of which I’ll reprint here:
Governor John Hickenlooper, a former member of a national anti-gun group called Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) founded and funded by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, was just recently joined by thirteen mayors in Colorado to coordinate with President Obama to help pass gun control measures here in Colorado and nationally.
Governor Hickenlooper has also gone on the offensive when it comes to gun control by making statements just this past week that the “time is right” to consider stripping away your gun rights this next session.
As we know all too well, there are those in Colorado and across the country who do not support the Second Amendment the way you and I do. They choose to take an impulsive approach to these situations that could end up harming more law-abiding citizens in the process.
Those anti-gun extremists are looking to Colorado as a “guinea pig” to push through ineffective and illogical gun control laws at the state level; those that have proven to be failures in other states, and solely affecting and punishing law-abiding citizens.
There has already been serious discussion by some Democrats in the Colorado General Assembly to ban commonly-owned semi-automatic rifles, ban “high capacity magazines,” ban online sales of ammunition, restrict private sales and reverse the state Supreme Court ruling on Campus Carry. These misguided views are an affront to our constitutional rights as law-abiding citizens.
The battle to protect our gun rights that lies before us in this next legislative session in is one unlike we have ever seen. As gun owners, sportsmen and supporters of the Second Amendment, we urge you to contact Governor John Hickenlooper and your state legislators to respectfully express your opposition to restrictions to your lawful gun rights.
My letter to Governor Hickenlooper, sent via email:
Dear Governor Hickenlooper:
The NRA-ILA is reporting that your office has plans to make Colorado a testing ground for significant gun control measures. As a law-abiding gun owner who has been fingerprinted and vetted for a concealed carry permit -- not to mention paid the money required to acquire that permit, a not insignificant sum for someone outside of government -- I find any move to go after law-abiding gun owners on the back of several tragedies that are more the product of provably ineffective governmental policies that in effect single out where law abiding citizens WON'T be armed, creating de facto game reserves for spree killers (one of which used a shotgun), not only cynical and opportunistic, but a direct affront to my right to protect myself, my wife, and my two small children from predators who, experience has shown us, ignore gun bans. Witness Chicago today. Too, as the 1994"assault weapons" ban did nothing to curb gun violence -- and given that very few gun crimes are committed with the kinds of weapons being proposed by Dianne Feinstein's summary of bans -- one is justified in concluding that this is more about politicians wanting to be seen as "doing something" against gun violence than it is about effecting real change that may curb such spree killings in the future. For that, look only to Utah or those places in TX where teachers, as citizens, have the option, if certified, to carry weapons. Spree killers aren't interested in having their fantasies shattered by an armed citizen. Which is why they tend to hit those places the government has told them will be most unprotected. It is no coincidence that the Aurora shooter picked the theater he did.
The bottom line is this: attacking law-abiding gun owners because you have a disdain for those Coloradans who live outside of the Denver / Boulder area is political posturing, nothing more.
And it will be a sad day for this country when the Governor of a state rooted in outdoor tradition such as Colorado seeks to have that state remade into some wannabe cosmopolitan Chicago of the west.
I strongly urge you to reconsider what it is you may be planning, and to recognize that you don't stop criminals by hamstringing law abiding citizens looking to protect themselves and their families. When seconds count, the police are minutes away. And no cosmetic add-on to a semi-automatic rifle makes it any more lethal than a traditional scoped hunting rifle -- or, as it is often known in the military, a "high powered sniper rifle."
Leave us alone. Protect our fundamental right to self defense. I implore you.
Looks like outlawism is coming to the west. This won’t end well for me. But I owe it to my family to fight for what is right — and any attempt to disarm law-abiding citizens is an affront to the very ideas contained in our founding, including natural rights to self defense that far precede the formation of this country.