Hickenlooper draws return fire

To hoots of protests at Club 20, governor defends new gun-control laws

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I find it fascinating that the people protesting do not believe that they have been fairly represented in the state capital. I saw the Facebook posts by Ray Scott, Grand Junction’s representative, who certainly agreed with the people protesting.  Evidently to these protestors, democracy means always getting their own way. My guess is that many of the people protesting voted for Ray Scott and Jared Wright. Likewise people in other communities voted for their representatives. Elections have consequences, and the Republicans are in a minority. When the minority position is so far from the majority petition, the minority position is out voted. Most of Colorado is glad that we are taking measures to close gun show and other loopholes. The paranoia demonstrated by David Cox has no basis in reality. Nobody is trying to take your guns, but most of Colorado was glad to see some common sense laws enacted that might stop a murderer from becoming a mass murder.

I grew up in a predominantly Republican Colorado in the 60’s-80’s. I left for 20 years and came back to a state that seems to me to have been overrun with socialist liberals from elsewhere who are bringing the problems they are running from right along with them.

Could it be time for good upstanding god-respecting conservatives to start looking elsewhere to live? I know I’m thinking about it. Our country is becoming so polarized that I wouldn’t be surprised if we have another all-out civil war sometime in the next 50 years. The red and blue states are so geographically fragmented that it won’t be as simple as the north and south was. This may explain why the Department of Homeland Security is stockpiling 1.6 Billion bullets. (see article in FORBES.com) if you don’t believe me.

If only we could get back the old values of honesty, respect for God, trust in our elected officials and minding your own business when it’s best to do so, maybe the USA could calm back down. Unfortunately, I feel it’s too late for that.

Mr. Purdy’s assertion that Grand Junction does not have a “gun violence or crime” issue is funny except it is NOT true. I could enumerate at least a half dozen instances of gun violence reported in our local newspaper since the first of the year. And the fact that violence against women does not always include but is most often perpetrated by men that threaten death-by-gun, means gun violence is not just the act of pulling the trigger.  Personally, as an RN, I have seen enough wounds from guns in my lifetime to make me want to confiscate everyone’s guns that have a record of abusing alcohol. Alcohol has an affinity for guns. If you cannot or have not been able to control your need for alcohol, a self-induced weapon, what stops an abuser of alcohol from using guns violently when normal coping mechanisms are blurred and a gun is in the hand.  I was 100 miles from the fighting in the First Gulf War and decided if I needed to protect my family I wanted a bazooka or a shoulder held rocket launcher.  Know where I can get that? If I can’t then my 2nd Amendment rights are being violated according to the American Patriots’ logic.  Maybe a tank would be better….

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