If you want to do more than thoughts and prayers for our students, please email the Douglas County Commissioners, who so recently passed a resolution putting gun rights before the health and welfare of their constituents.
Highlands Ranch Shooting – STEM School
Yet again, Coloradans were startled to learn of another school shooting, this one at the K-12 STEM School Highlands Ranch. One student was shot and killed and another 8 were wounded, three are still in intensive care. Two students, an 18-year-old male and a juvenile female, are in custody.
We hold the entire Highlands Ranch community in our hearts, especially the family of the deceased student and the injured and their families.
A Candlelight Vigil will be held this evening (Wednesday, May 8) at 7:30 p.m. at the Highlands Ranch High School gym at 9735 Cresthill Lane, Highlands Ranch.
The Highlands Ranch shooting follows on the heels of last week’s event at University of North Carolina, Charlotte, where two were killed and four wounded. The New York Times reported that Riley Howell, 21, tackled the shooter and thereby ended the rampage, saving the lives of other students. Howell was shot three times and died of his injuries. Telemundo reported that the young man killed in Highlands Ranch died in trying to save the lives of other students. The New York Post reports that several students managed to disarm one of the gunmen.
Last week, the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners announced they had filed a complaint in state district court seeking to overturn the Extreme Risk law. The lawsuit is based on procedural grounds, rather than constitutional. The complaint revolves around the “reading at length” of the bill in the House on March 1st. A review of the recording indicates that the lawsuit is not well founded. Several motions were not properly stated, and when the actual reading was approximately 1/3 completed, the requester withdrew his motion.
Dudley Brown, RMGO head, reiterated that they have further lawsuits in the works and are not discontinuing their ongoing efforts to recall 3 senators and 9 representatives. Denver Post article.
Having lost badly in the 2018 elections, very right-wing and well-funded groups are endeavoring to catch voters asleep at the wheel by forcing recall elections. As far as we know, at this time only one recall effort has reached the petition-gathering stage: Rochelle Galindo of HD50 in Greeley. Galindo was first elected just six months ago and won by a margin of 7%.
Rumors are that many other recall efforts are underway, including in Pueblo against Reps. Bri Buentello, Danyea Esgar and Senator Leroy Garcia. Buentello won a close race with only 1% of the vote, but has voted with the minority on many controversial measures. Esgar won by a large margin of 18%. Republicans didn’t even offer an opponent to Garcia in November’s election!
We have been asked: Why don’t the Democrats do likewise and run their own recalls of Republican legislators? The answer is in the numbers. Democrats currently hold almost all the “swing” seats.
To help in the anti-recall efforts on Galindo:
Phone Banking at Colorado Democratic Party office. Tuesdays 5:30 – 7:30 789 Sherman St., Denver
Phone Banking and Canvassing from Weld County Democratic office. Wednesdays 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. , Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 810 9th St., Greeley.
You can donate online to: ColoradoWay.org or StandwithRochelle.com
If you would like to carpool from Denver to canvass in Greeley on the weekend, send a note to ColoradoCeasefire1@gmail.com .
Graham On Extreme Risk Protection Order Legislation
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on introducing extreme risk protection order legislation with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut). “Our government encourages our citizens that if you ‘See something, Say something.’ We also need ‘Do something.’ Read more
This past Thursday and Friday, the Denver School of the Arts premiered its incredibly powerful dance on school shootings. Unfortunately, it turned out to be far more relevant to this year than anticipated. You can still see the performance on Saturday, May 18th at 1:00 p.m. at the Elaine Wolff Theater at the Denver Jewish Community Center, 350 S. Dahlia St., Denver.
More than 4 million children endured lock downs last school year, a groundbreaking Washington Post analysis found. The experience left many traumatized.
Ending Family Fire
Brady has just released a new PSA (Public Service Announcement) on the danger of guns in the home. You can also visit the End Family Fire website.
‘The World Moves On And You Don’t.’ Parents Who Lost Children in School Shootings Find Comfort in a Group No One Wants to Join’ Read the Time article here.
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