Effective July 1st. Colorado will impose some of the strictest gun control measures in the United States. Except for “liberal” leaning California it is unheard of that one of our Western States would embrace such restrictions. After all Colorado is a frontier state where gunslinger’s (like Doc Holliday and Buffalo Bill) roamed freely, and President Teddy Roosevelt often hunted. In fact hunting outfitters and ranches are one of the major sources of income for the state. As part of the “Wild West” Colorado has a long history of its citizens love for firearms. In many families guns are passed down from generation to generation. So just what’s going on in Colorado.
Well it seems that the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School has rapidly pushed the politically correct envelope toward gun control measures. In poll after poll Americans have fallen for the political rhetoric that tougher gun control means less crime/killings/mass murders. But what gun control does is penalize the honest, law-abiding, citizens that have never harmed anyone or broken any laws.
Gov. John Hickenlooper (Colorado Democrat) has signed two Democratically backed bills that would increase background checks and limit the size of magazines. Others bills pending in the state legislature include banning gun ownership for certain past crimes (I personally have no problem with that) and making it harder to do safety training for those seeking a concealed weapons permit. It seems to me, and to my fellow Second Amendment advocates that the focus is on law-abiding American citizens and not the “crazy’s” the criminals, and the haters who perpetrate these heinous crimes. Put our resources and energy into actually going after the criminals and the deranged, and leave law-abiding citizens alone.
Just yesterday a University of Central Florida student (James Oliver Seevakumaran) planned a mass killing of fellow dorm members. His plans went awry as a room-mate dialed 911 after Seevakumaran pointed a gun at him. The response from police was swift, as Seevakumaran pulled the fire alarm in order to get as many “targets” in the hallways as possible. For reasons known only to Seevakumaran (and Satan) he put his 45 to his own head and pulled the trigger. It is a sad thing when a fellow member of the human race comes to a point when harming (killing) others or oneself are the only options on the table. These are the people who need help! Not Mr. and Mrs. law-abiding, tax paying, patriotic, God-fearing Americans. James had two guns, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, and explosives in his backpack. He had well thought out plans on how to inflict as much damage on his dorm-mates as possible. How can this be? James was in a “gun free” zone! It was against the law to have weapons on the campus or in the dorms. The answer is someone “hell-bent” on an act, such as this, will find a way to pull it off with guns, knives, explosives, airplanes, poison or whatever means at their disposal. Law abiding citizens do just that; they obey the law. Criminals and the lunatic fringe do not! Why not focus on them, and leave the lovers of liberty exercise their Second Amendment rights?