Well...all four measures passed the Democratically controlled House today and are heading to the Democratically controlled Senate. Not much hope for us on this stuff to passing but it still inspired me to write yet a couple more letters to my "representatives".
Here is the one to Beth McCann who co-sponsored some of these bills:
Dear Representative McCann,
I see by your votes today that you have not changed your position and are an opponent of the Second Amendment and therefore do not deserve the mordant position you hold in our state legislature. Not only will I never vote for you, I will actively campaign against your re-election and for your removal from office. You are a disgrace to the Great State of Colorado. I hope you remember this when you are no longer allowed to "represent" the people. Shame on you.
And here is the one to Mike Johnston who will be voting on these measures any day now:
If you are from Colorado, especially if you have a Democrat as a rep, please write your State Sentators again urging them to vote against this garbage.Dear Senator Johnston,
I see today that the four unconstitutional "gun control" measures that were introduced this legislative session have passed the Democratically controlled House today. I am writing to strongly urge you to vote against your party line and with those who would keep the Second Amendment in tact in Colorado and the United States.
There is no evidence that any of these measures would prevent the types of mass shootings we have seen this past year. These ill conceived laws will do nothing to stop criminals and mad men from breaking the law. These laws will only prove to be an undue burden on law-abiding citizens and further restrict our ability to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Magazine capacity limits mean nothing to those who walk into "gun free" zones with the intent to inflict maximum damage. These monsters are able to perform multiple magazine changes as they are not subject to return fire for at least the first several minutes of their rampage. On the other hand, a law-abiding citizen faced with multiple aggressors is at a deadly disadvantage when performing a reload.
The previously mentioned "gun free" zone laws are another set of foolish mandates that give an unfair advantage to the criminal and mad man who have no regard for the law. Is it a "common sense gun control law" if we are telling a person willing to commit mass murder that they aren't allowed to bring a firearm to a certain place? Wouldn't this again most likely affect the law-abiding citizen and his or her ability to defend against said criminal or mad man?
Restricting the right of law-abiding college students and staff from legally carrying on campus effectively strips those people of the ability to defend themselves when the next lunatic decides to use their campus to fulfill their sick revenge fantasy.
The law requiring "universal background checks" on all firearms purchases again will only affect law-abiding citizen. Criminals already procure most of their firearms illegally either through theft or on the black market. This law will do nothing but make it more difficult for the legal transfer of firearms from one individual to another. This burden will especially affect those who live in rural areas with limited access to an licensed FFL dealer.
FFL dealers will not be interested in performing these firearms transfers for free. Requiring the background checks for every purchase along with requiring law-abiding citizens to pay for their own background checks will also present an undue financial burden, especially for lower income citizens who are also interested in protecting themselves and their families.
In closing, I would again urge you to vote against these ineffective and unconstitutional measures. Your vote against these measures would garner much respect from independent Second Amendment advocates like myself who do not vote straight party lines. I have voted for Democrats in the past as I lean left on many issues but the Second Amendment can not be further compromised. I will vote against and actively campaign against any candidate that feels that unconstitutional "gun control" is up for debate.
Thank you again for hearing me out on these most important issues facing our state and our nation. I look forward to your reply and will be watching how you vote.