As if you could have missed it, Colorado’s primary election is June 26th, and it is turning out to be a pretty hot and expensive contest. In the Democratic gubernatorial primary alone, over $22 million has been put into 4 candidate coffers.
Colorado Ceasefire has released its election endorsements (also on our website). Prominent among contested primaries are:
Governor: Mike Johnston (D) and Cary Kennedy (D).
Neither Donna Lynne nor Jared Polis responded to our questionnaire, and Polis has a checkered record on gun legislation. None of the four Republican candidates responded to our questionnaire, and their public statements indicated that they are generally opposed to Ceasefire’s philosophies (especially leading contender Walker Stapleton). Read our updated gubernatorial candidates analysis for more information.
SD7 (Grand Junction) Dan Thurlow (R)
Rep. Thurlow is challenging Sen. Ray Scott, who has voted consistently pro-gun rights. Thurlow was one of only two Republicans to vote for the Extreme Risk Protection Orders bill (red-flag).
Ceasefire PAC has contributed to his campaign.
SD32 (Denver) Hazel Gibson and Robert Rodriguez (both D)
Zach Newman’s answers to our questionnaire were not sufficiently aligned with Ceasefire’s views.
SD34 (Denver) Julie Gonzales, Alan Kennedy-Shaffer, and Milo Schwab (all D)
Jonah Weiss did not respond to our questionnaire.
HD4 (Denver) Co-endorsement of Amy Beatie and Serena Gonzales-Gutierrez (both D)
William Britt’s answers to our questionnaire were not sufficiently aligned with Ceasefire’s views.
HD34 (Northglenn) Kyle Mullica (D)
Jacque Phillips’ answers to our questionnaire were not sufficiently aligned with Ceasefire’s views.
HD45 (Castle Rock) Danielle Young-Kombo
Michael Hupp did not respond to our questionnaire.
HD50 (Greeley) Jim Riesberg (D)
Jim Riesberg formerly held this seat before being appointed by Hickenlooper as Insurance Commissioner. He had always received Ceasefire’s endorsement and voted with our views.
Rochelle Galindo did not respond to our questionnaire, and when asked by the Greeley Tribune whether Colorado needs to do more with regard to gun control, she responded that she “supports citizens’ 2nd Amendment right to own a gun,” saying “the conversation should center on ensuring access to mental health care.”
Scorecard for 2017-2018 Legislative Sessions
We collated all the votes on gun violence issues and produced this scorecard. See how your legislators fared and talk to him or her about it. If you are unsure of who is your legislator, type in your address here.
The NRA has long since morphed away from its mission of teaching marksmanship to gun owners. Their operating budget rose by $250M in the wake of Sandy Hook. Their hard line, no-compromise, violent messaging is dangerous for America, and deadly for our children and especially for communities of color.
We will not be silent or look away as the NRA delivers its violent and cynical rhetoric here in Denver. Join Indivisible, West Denver Resistance and others at this protest.
Date: Saturday, June 9th
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Denver Convention Center (700 14th St., between California and Stout Streets)
Take ACTION: Contact ATF on Bump Stock Ban
ATF is collecting comments on a proposed rule that would ban bump stock-type devices under the National Firearms Act. The proposed ruling language and supporting materials can be found here. Comments can be submitted on-line via this link. They MUST be submitted by June 27th. Below is suggested language for your comments (from the Center for American Progress):
I urge ATF to finalize its proposed rule clarifying that bump fire stocks, along with other “conversion devices” that enable semiautomatic weapons to mimic automatic fire, qualify as “machineguns” under the National Firearms Act and are generally illegal to possess.
On the night of October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire from a hotel room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel into the 22,000 person crowd at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing 58 people and injuring more than 500. The gunman fired more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition in 11 minutes, using semi-automatic rifles modified with dangerous firearm accessories designed to dramatically accelerate the rate of gunfire, commonly known as “bump fire stocks.” These devices are intended to circumvent the restrictions on possession of fully automatic firearms in the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the National Firearms Act of 1934 by allowing an individual to modify a semiautomatic rifle in such a manner that it operates with a similar rate of fire as a fully automatic rifle. While often marketed as a novelty item for recreational shooters, bump stocks and similar “conversion devices” that accelerate the rate of fire of a semiautomatic firearm are extremely dangerous and pose a substantial risk to public safety.
In the absence of immediate action by Congress, ATF should finalize its proposed rule, clarifying that conversion devices like bump fire stocks are included in the definition of “machinegun” under the National Firearms Act of 1934. And then Congress must act as well—to ensure that manufacturers cannot continue to endanger public safety by designing devices that imitate machine guns and subvert the law. The continued presence of these dangerous devices puts all of our communities at risk and both Congress and ATF must take action quickly to address this threat.
- Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times lists 10 laws that would make a difference. Thankfully, we have accomplished some of those steps here in Colorado, but there is still much more we can do. The Extreme Risk Protection Orders and Bump Stocks ban bills were the first proactive legislation we’ve been able to introduce in five years. They both failed but illustrate why we need to change the Senate. One of the laws Kristof mentions that we don’t have is a Safe Storage or Child Access Prevention Law (although we tried five times between 2000 and 2008 undertaken a number of times).
- GVPedia director rebuts article published in The Hill by John Lott (gun rights apologist). Lott had suggested safe storage laws are useless.
Channel 7 News, Round table finds greatly differing opinions on role of guns in increasing school safety.
DENVER – While it never really went away, after the second school shooting in two weeks, the issue of school safety and guns in school is back in the political spotlight.
Marnie Kamensky, President of Colorado Ceasefire Outreach, was at the table.
“I think a huge misconception is that we want to take away people’s guns and that’s not it at all,” Madison Rose with Never Again Colorado told Anne Trujillo on this weekend’s Politics Unplugged. “We want to find some kind of balance. Something within the gun reform debate that we can use and work on to help ensure the safety of our children in schools.”
Armed and aging: A conversation about seniors, dementia and the right to bear arms…
University of Colorado Medical School study just released Monday find the number of adults with Alzheimer’s and dementia is steadily increasing, but questions around their access to firearms remain largely unaddressed. The study finds firearms are the most common method of suicide among people with dementia, but it explores other serious concerns with firearm possession and dementia. People with dementia can experience hallucinations, delusions, aggression and paranoia, and the study’s lead author, Dr. Emmy Betz with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, found many older adults have access to guns.
The Denver Post notes that violence in Denver continues at high levels. There were 56 homicides in 2017 and 2016, and already in 2018 there have been 13 homicide victims, 12 of which were by gunfire.
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