Pressured by Obama, Biden & Co., Colorado Democrats prepare to set a liberal example.
Colorado, the site of the Columbine and Aurora mass shootings, is now ground zero in the national debate over “gun control.” Last Friday, the State House of Representatives — controlled by Democrats after yet another dismal election showing by the GOP here — passed four bills restricting gun rights. They will soon go to the State Senate, where passage is likely given the Democrat majority in that chamber, and then on to Governor John “Really, I’m a Moderate” Hickenlooper (above), who has already said he will sign at least three of them.
Colorado Democrats have avoided the “assault weapon” debate and are focusing on ways more likely to fool average citizens into feeling good about “doing something.” Unfortunately, what they are doing will harm both liberty and safety for most Coloradoans.
The debate in the Centennial State is garnering national attention, with Vice President Joe Biden calling four perceived Democratic moderates (three freshmen and the Speaker of the House) to encourage them to vote for the measures. One Democrat who received a call said that “[Biden] just said he’s watching us and asked if we had a chance to move these bills forward and said what an important signal it would send to the country if we do.” I imagine that the “watching” part sounded very much like a threat, given the schoolyard bully nature of this administration. After all, this is a president who said to a Democratic member of Congress “Don’t think we’re not keeping score, brother.”
The four measures, which passed out of committee on party-line votes and then passed the House with unanimous Republicans (and a few, but not enough, courageous Democrats) in opposition, include:
HB (House Bill) 1224: Bans magazines that can hold more than 15 rounds of ammunition (other than .22 caliber rimfire ammo) or more than eight shotgun shells. (The Democrats originally proposed a measure where these numbers were 10 and five, respectively.) The bill would grandfather in any “large-capacity” magazines with their current owners, but would not allow those magazines to then be sold. The bill also requires that any large-capacity magazine made in Colorado must have a serial number and manufacture date “legibly and conspicuously engraved or cast upon the outer surface.”
Erie, Colorado-based Magpul Industries, which makes high-capacity magazines, says that if the bill becomes law, it will move its operations along with 200 jobs out of Colorado. Magpul’s key suppliers have said they will leave with Magpul, taking perhaps another 200 jobs and an estimated $85 million of 2013 sales to another state. Democrats have amended the original bill in order to try to make sure that Magpul would not be violating Colorado law to manufacture the magazines here, but Duane Liptak, the director of marketing for Magpul, told the Denver Post that the company would not stay in a state where the purchase of their products is illegal.
The gun shop and shooting range where I am getting my concealed carry permit training says they cannot keep many types of magazines in stock. Not just those for the “assault rifles” so demonized by the left, but even standard 17-20 round magazines for the most common semi-automatic pistols. It’s no wonder that gun shops can’t keep magazines or ammunition in stock, or that the publicly traded shares firearms companies are at or near all-time highs. Prohibition is good for business, as Al Capone well knew.
HB 1226: Bans the concealed carry of firearms (by legal owners of guns who also have valid concealed carry permits) in buildings on college campuses, in college stadiums and arenas, or at outdoor college events where the school administrator decides to ban guns.
Democrats, such as my State Representative Claire Levy — whose Nanny State inclinations make New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg look downright permissive — say that “There are a lot of students who simply are not ready to be in the presence of firearms.” She seems to miss the points that (1) those students are not going to get their concealed carry permits, and (2) the word “concealed” means those students should not know they are “in the presence of firearms.”
One wonders when Democrats will notice how many mass shootings occur at gun-free zones, whether elementary schools (Newtown, CT), high schools (Columbine), colleges (Virginia Tech), or movie theaters (Aurora, CO). Just because a mass-shooter is insane does not mean he is stupid. One must assume that anyone, crazy or otherwise, who wants to inflict great harm will consider going to the least-defended targets. Republicans in the state legislature argue that “making college campuses into gun free zones only increases the probability that one of our college kids will become a victim.”
Showing how out-of-touch Democrats are when it comes to life and death issues, Democrat State Rep. Joe Salazar made the truly remarkable statement that rather than being able to carry a gun on campus, female college students should take comfort in the presence of call boxes, safe zones, and whistles. He went on to suggest that women, not knowing whether they’re actually being raped, or about to be raped, or not, might “pop a round at somebody.” First of all, has anyone ever heard a story of a mistaken shooting by a women who thought erroneously that she was being attacked? And secondly, where is the media who destroyed Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock for their ignorant statements?
Salazar later apologized, but an apology for implying that women are too emotional, and might not be able to tell if they’re really in trouble or really being raped, to be allowed to carry guns on campus would never have been accepted by the partisan hacks who populate most of today’s major media newsrooms.
Who’s leading the “war on women” now?
My friends at Colorado Peak Politics are following how social media, especially Twitter, are justifiably savaging Salazar, with even some liberals taking notice. CPP pointed out that as of Sunday, “The #1 trending hashtag on Twitter is #LiberalTips2AvoidRape. Joe Salazar — consider this a career-ender.” Somehow, the ever-tolerant-of-Democrats-no-matter-how-ignorant Fourth Estate still finds a way to suggest that this is all just more of right-wing insensitivity to rape victims. If Alice in Wonderland wrote political commentary, you’d see it posing as serious at Mother Jones.
Meanwhile the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs has put out a list of public safety tips for women, which include “Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating” and “Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.” They may in fact be correct (not that many people can vomit at will), but it remains unclear how the threat of urea, bile, or blood compares to the threat of a 9 mm hollow-point.
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