I am writing this letter to voice the staunch opposition Coloradans have to the current gun control bills that OUR legislators are forcing upon us. I strongly urge you to vote against all of the seven bills.
HB13-1224: Limiting magazine capacities is not the answer. Contrary to Rhonda Fields's ignorant assertion, “high capacity” magazines are not manufactured "to kill large numbers of people as quickly as possible." 30 rounds is the standard magazine capacity for the AR platform, and it is the same capacity that our Colorado police departments use. Are our police forces intending to kill large numbers of people with their 30 round magazines? Of course not. They use the magazines for the same reason citizens use them - because 30 rounds serves as an adequate quantity for practical uses such as self-defense and recreational target shooting. Additionally, what makes you think our state will have any more success regulating magazines than it did trying to regulate marijuana (which we were so successful in regulating that we eventually gave up and legalized it)? Again, law abiding citizens will follow the law and will be handicapped while criminals will neglect that law as they do others.
SB13-196: Attempting to hold American businesses (firearms manufacturers and suppliers) liable for damages caused with their products is not the answer. Contrarily, this proposal blatantly contradicts the law according to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act signed by President Bush on October 26, 2005. Where are the proposals to hold Coors responsible for DUI fatalities (which kill over 10,000 Americans annually)? Where are the proposals to hold fast food restaurants liable for heart attacks? They don't exist. Politicians are targeting firearms manufacturers solely because they have an opportunity to use murdered 6 year olds to exploit America's emotions and press forward their agendas. The proposed legislation to hold manufacturers liable for events they had no part in is illogical, illegal and will only burden American gun manufacturers and sacrifice American jobs.
HB13-1228/1229: Burdening law abiding, tax paying citizens by mandating they go through the process of paying for background checks is not the answer. This legislation is just as unconstitutional as a tax on Colorado citizens to vote would be. These rights are both outlined clearly in the Constitution, and you can’t charge us for rights that are inherently ours. In addition to the disgusting violation of rights, this bill also offers no specific amount for the cost nor does it offer a cap for the cost. This opens the opportunity for corrupt politicians to increase the amount until it is infeasible for poverty-stricken single mothers to purchase weapons to defend their children. This bill is wrong at every level of analysis.
HB13-1226: As a student at a Colorado University, this bill upsets me the most. Who are you to tell me, a law abiding legal gun owner, that I can’t defend myself at my school? A very common theme of all the recent mass shootings is that they have occurred in “Gun Free Zones.” This bill proposes to add 15 new prime locations for murderers to shoot defenseless victims. Moreover, there have been ZERO incidents at Colorado universities where a concealed weapons permit holder has caused injury or death to anyone. However, there have been COUNTLESS rapes and assaults on young men and women who could have successfully defended themselves had they been armed. You have ZERO right to take away my right to choose to defend myself at school, and if you pass this legislation, the blood from the next mass shooting will be on your hands.
There is a violence epidemic in America right now that must be addressed, but guns are not responsible. Evil is responsible, and sir, you cannot legislate evil away. Approach the issue from a logical perspective and legislate accordingly. Do NOT, as some corrupt politicians have, attempt to exploit emotion in order to compromise our rights. Do NOT allow more gun control. Honor your Oath of Office to protect our Constitution. Make NO compromises.
Cives Arma Ferant,