Although the corpse of Colorado House Bill 1226 is still warm, it appears to have died the death of a miscreant which should never have been born, one of a raft of anti-gun rights bills being put forward for final vote in the Colorado State Senate today.
The bill would ban concealed carry of handguns in college campus buildings and stadiums, and at other college campus events where college management wanted to ban (otherwise legal) concealed carry by permit holders.
The Senate Committee which had jurisdiction over the bill passed it on a party line vote on Monday despte the objections of the brave Amanda Collins who testified that because her Nevada college was a gun free zone, she left her legal-to-carry handgun at home one day and was raped in a school parking lot -- by a man who went on to rape a second victim and then rape and murder a third.
At this time, it appears that the Senate sponsor of the bill, Senator Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) will pull the bill before letting it get to the floor for debate.
It is worth noting that Senator Heath had a town hall meeting planned for two days ago in my town outside Boulder. On Tuesday, I got a blast e-mail from his office saying that it had been canceled due to a scheduling conflict. I sent him an e-mail asking him to tell me what the other event was, because I believe he canceled simply to avoid hearing from gun-rights activists, even in liberal Boulder County. Other state senators have done that very thing. Needless to say, I never got a response from Senator Heath.
The first very bad press for this bill came when "Clueless Joe" Salazar suggested that if a female student were being attacked on a college campus, she might not have the presence of mind to know if she were about to raped, and therefore not know if she were about shoot a guilty person or an innocent person.
The final nail in the coffin of the bill was probably the disgraceful Sen. Edie Hudak who told Amanda Collins that gun statistics "are not on your side." But it turned out that even the anti-gun Denver Post called out Hudak for, to put it politely, data abuse, saying that the "stats don't apply in (this) case." Less politely, Evie Hudak is a despicable liar, using irrelevant propaganda to a rape victim that others who might end up at the same risk should not have the opportunity to defend themselves.
Again, at this writing it's not absolutely certain that the bill is dead but it seems very likely. Good riddance, and now let's get rid of more of the barrage of terrible, pointless, Democrat anti-gun bills.
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