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Castle Rock Petitioners Delay Open-Carry Decision
In January, despite strong opposition, the Castle Rock city council voted to
repeal its ban on open carry of firearms on town property (parks, libraries, etc.).
This did not sit well with Castle Rock citizens, and grassroots activists have
collected the required number of signatures to force the city council to either
rescind the law or put the issue to a public vote. Way to Go: Jacob Vargish,
Siegfried Guentensberger and colleagues!.
Party Caucuses Tuesday, March 4th 7:00 p.m.
The 2014 election season officially starts when Democrats and Republicans
attend precinct caucuses on Tuesday. We encourage you to attend yours.
If you haven’t already been informed of its location, check with your
county party website.
If you are a Democrat:
The Denver Democratic party’s draft platform has a plank that is
excellent. If your county platform does not have something
similar, you could offer it as a resolution:
“We salute the progress achieved in gun safety regulations
passed by the state legislature and oppose any efforts to
repeal the current laws. We promote responsible gun
ownership, gun safety programs, and sporting associations,
and also remain determined to keep guns out of the hands
of children and criminals. We strongly urge a common
sense ban on deadly assault weapons and high capacity
magazine rounds. We support a ban on guns on college
and university campuses. “
If you are a Republican:
The Rocky Mountain Gun Owners has been pushing (and
doing a fundraiser) around a resolution for the Republican
caucuses. It begins “Whereas, our founding fathers
recognized our God-given right to keep and bear
arms …..” and continues “gun controls…have no place in
a free society: and asks for a repeal of the magazine ban,
the background checks (“Brady Registration System”) and
repeal of all the gun controls in the 2013 Legislative
session (They didn't want to mention that they are
advocating for rearming domestic violence abusers.).
Be on the lookout for the RMGO resolution, and provide
an alternative common sense voice. It should be an
enlightening discussion. Good material for this
discussion is on our web site:
As one of our board members joked:
If having a gun is a God-given right, how come God didn’t give
Jesus a gun?
Because Victor Head told God that under Colorado’s new law,
God would have to get a background check on his son!
Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath – First Plymouth Congregational
As one activity of its Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath, First Plymouth
Congregational will hold a candlelight vigil in remembrance of victims
Of gun violence in Colorado on Friday evening, March 14th. (6:30-7:30 p.m.)
Please join with us as we line Hampden Avenue holding candles.
If you would like to participate, please send an RSVP note to:
First Plymouth is at the corner of Hampden and S. Colorado Blvd.
16 churches in Colorado are participating in the Gun Violence Prevention Sabbath.
If you would like to have your congregation participate also, talk with your
faith leader and send a note to email@example.com
Happy 20th Birthday Brady Bill!
Thank you Brady for saving us from 2.1 million gun purchases by felons and other
Guns on Campus
An excellent tongue-in-cheek op-ed by an Idaho professor:
Check out www.SafeCampusColorado.org to find out about an initiative to make
Colorado’s campuses gun free.
Adios Rep. Wright
Rep. Jared Wright, who sponsored the bill (defeated in committee) to allow
permitless concealed carry, recently left his gym bag in a committee room with
a loaded handgun. Now it appears he’s decided to not run for re-election.
He had a lot of baggage besides that gym bag.
UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECKS ARE WORKING!
Since July 1st, 72 people trying to purchase or transfer firearms through a private
sale were blocked from that transfer because they failed a background check.
The crimes the denied buyers were convicted or charged with include homicide,
sexual assault, assault, dangerous drugs and larceny/theft. Additionally, domestic
violence abusers under restraining orders were denied firearms purchases. We can
thank our courageous legislators that these criminals were unable to obtain firearms,
weapons that likely would have been used for further mayhem and abuse.
COLORADO MOVES UP IN STATE RANKINGS ON GUN LAWS
Due to laws enacted this year, Colorado has moved up from 22nd to 14th in state rankings
of gun laws. The letter grade Colorado received was a C-. California remained at the top
of the rankings. After the Newtown school massacre, Connecticut also strengthened
its gun laws and now ranks 2nd. Unfortunately, Colorado is surrounded by states which
received an F grade. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence and the Law Center
tp Prevent Gun Violence produced this year’s report. You can see the full report at:
On that same note, the New York Times had a graphic in today’s paper illustrating
state gun laws since the Newtown school shooting. For an interactive version, see
VIDEO FROM AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
Gun violence is the second leading cause of death for children.
Video on Protecting Children from Gun Violence
For an excellent commentary on the recall, check out Dave Chandler’s article:
According to the Quinnipiac poll, Coloradoans support the gun measures passed,
but don’t support gun control:
Child Gun Accidents - the Hidden Toll: Michael Luo and Michael McIntyre had an extensive report in Sunday’s
New York Times. As one mother who lost her 14-year old son to a
handgun accident stated: “These are no accidents. They are simply
irresponsible, stubborn, cowardly adults unwilling to stand up against
the gun lobby and those who support it.”
Peacekeepers: Amardeep Kaleka, whose father was killed in the Sikh Temple mass shooting, is working on a film Peacemakers. This documentary film
tackles the growing epidemic of violence in America, searching for answers
and creating a social movement that brings lasting solutions to our communities.
Ceasefire’s Tom Mauser is featured.
Watch the trailer here: http://www.thepeacemakermovement.com/