Colorado Senate Democrats tackle the best way to undermine the 2nd Amendment
I’ll be watching the live feed much of the day and will add commentary in the thread as I see fit. For those of you interested in watching how a pre-determined, party-line outcome plays out as if it is the product of rigorous debate and honest consideration — that is, for those of you who are interested in learning how contemporary government, when led by Democrats (whose entire agenda on key social issues is national, regardless of whether they claim ostensibly to represent their state and its constituency), actually functions, I invite you to watch along with me.
It’s a dog and pony show built around trotting out victims of gun violence and using their genuine grief to push for laws that in no way would have helped them or prevented the tragedies the supposedly reactive (but quite obviously pre-planned) legislation on offer claim to address. It is self-serving politics masked in the preposterous guise of compassion — as if having created the conditions for victimization becomes, down the line, somehow ennobling, provided you pretend to feel the pain of those very victims that you’ve helped create through your ill-considered policies, and then demand that something be done on behalf of those victims of your own legislative arrogance, having first patted yourselves on the back for essentially enabling and securing their victimhood.
It’s a despicable and cynical game. And frankly, it makes me throw up a bit in my mouth every time I watch it at work.
But, as I’m a giver, I’ll “cover” this bit of phony theater for all of you dozens of readers.
The live feed is here, but you can also go back and watch the late night/early morning debates. So far, here’s what’s happened, in what used to be a free state:
Colorado Democrats advanced restrictions on ammunition magazines and expanded background checks as hundreds of gun advocates filled the state Capitol during an intense day in the battle over new firearm laws.
The husband of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords testified Monday in favor of expanding background checks to include private and online sales. A Senate committee passed the bill on a 3-2 party-line vote.
Giffords, a former Democratic congresswoman from Tucson, Ariz., was wounded in a mass shooting in January 2011 while meeting with constituents.
Car honks blared all day outside as lawmakers discussed seven gun bills. All of them passed by the time debate ended late Monday night.
The bills still need votes by the full Senate, which is controlled by Democrats.
A look at the bills and what they do:
- BACKGROUND CHECKS: House Bill 1229 would add a background-check requirement for many guns sold in private transactions. It passed a Senate committee in a 3-2 party-line vote. The Democratic-sponsored bill has already cleared the House.
- MAGAZINE LIMITS: House Bill 1224 limits gun ammunition magazines to 15 rounds. The Democratic-sponsored bill has cleared the House, and passed Senate Judiciary on a 3-2 party line vote.
- FIREARM BAN FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDERS: Senate Bill 197 would expand a ban on gun ownership for people convicted of certain domestic-violence offenses. The bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on a party-line 3-2 vote Monday. One more committee vote awaits before the full Senate considers it.
- GUN LIABILITY: Senate Bill 196 adds legal liability for gun sellers and owners. The bill faced its first test Monday.
- GUNS ON CAMPUS: House Bill 1226 would end Colorado’s unusual law barring public college campuses from banning concealed weapons. The Democratic-sponsored bill has already cleared the House.
- ONLINE GUN TRAINING: Senate Bill 195 would require people seeking concealed carry permits to take gun training courses in person. The bill faced its first legislative review Monday.
- BACKGROUND CHECK FEES: House Bill 1228 would revive fees for gun purchasers who need background checks. It passed a Senate committee in a 3-2 party-line vote. The Democratic-sponsored bill has already cleared the House.
The bills go to the full-Senate Friday, where I suspect all but the unconstitutional liability act will pass and go to Governor Hickenlooper for passage, at which point — mimicking the political leaders of declining and depopulating blue states — he will act in a way to pushes the progressive agenda, at the expense of keeping successful, homegrown businesses in Colorado.
My name for this current assembly can be summed up thus: “How the West was lost.” And with it, a tradition of rugged individualism, struck down with the stroke of a pen from a bunch of effete, cowardly lawmakers riding what they think is a momentous wave of anti-gun sentiment.
Oh, and incidentally, Mark Kelly seems to be just mailing it in at this point, going from state to state making the same arguments. Unfortunately for him, his favorite argument concerns “closing the gun show loophole,” which he went on about at some length.
– The only problem being, Colorado had already done that on its own years ago.
Way to keep it local, Mark! And such studied preparation!
More: Colorado Dem tells rape victim a gun wouldn’t have helped her:
…to which the appropriate response should have been, “well, it wouldn’t have hurt — and the first time you’re being raped, I ask that you request your attacker pause his sexual brutalizing so that you can explain to him how statistically he isn’t really much of a threat to you.”*
(h/t geoff B and JHo)