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Columbine Remembrance

Nineteen years ago this Friday, two disturbed students entered Columbine High School in Littleton and slaughtered twelve fellow students and one teacher.  Those victims will be remembered at a memorial event on Thursday evening, April 19th.   Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where 17 were shot and killed on February 14th, will be traveling from Florida to join Columbine students, teachers, and faith community leaders for this remembrance.

This is the first event of many for Vote for Our Lives – a national initiative starting from the Columbine community and dedicated to getting people out to vote to end gun violence and make Columbine and Parkland the bookends of a horrific portion of our nation’s story.

Time:  5:30-8:00 p.m.    Music begins at 5:00.
Program ends with a vigil.
Place:  Clement Park  7306 W. Bowles Avenue, Littleton, where the Columbine memorial is located.
Parking:  Southwest Plaza  8501 W. Bowles Avenue, Littleton.


Bill Status:  Extreme Risk Protection Order (red flag)

Our lobbyist has been working since the first of the year to get an Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO, which is also referred to as “red flag”) bill introduced.   There is much ongoing discussion at the capitol on this, and your calls and emails would be most helpful.
Please contact you House and Senate members. Click here to get contact information.

Briefly:  An Extreme Risk Protection Order would allow families and law enforcement to temporarily disarm a person who is dangerous to themselves and others.  This is only accomplished by going through the courts, so due process is ensured.  Such a tool could have prevented the fatal shooting of the Highlands Ranch sheriff’s deputy, the mass shooting in Parkland, FL, the Isla Vista, CA murders and the Tucson, AZ shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords, etc.  It has been documented to have reduced suicides in Connecticut.

For more information on Extreme Risk Protection Orders, click here. 

Sample Message:    ________, I am ________,  and I am your constituent living in _______.  I am contacting you to encourage you to urge leadership of the Colorado (house/senate) to allow introduction of an Extreme Risk Protection Order (red flag) bill.  This would provide families and law enforcement a tool to legally and temporarily disarm a person who is dangerous to themselves or others.


Gubernatorial Election Updates

This past weekend the Democratic and Republican parties held state assemblies and significantly winnowed the field of candidates for all offices (from 23 to possibly 8).  Notable events that took place in the last week:

Republicans:

  • Attorney General Cynthia Coffman fared very poorly (5%) at the assembly and will not be on the ballot.
  • Barry Farah, a Colorado Springs entrepreneur and a late entry to the race, failed to make the ballot.
  • State Treasurer Walker Stapleton amassed the most votes at the assembly (44%) and will have top-line ballot status.
  • Greg Lopez did make the primary ballot, but in a debate was questioned about his 1993 arrest for domestic violence against his then-pregnant wife.
  • Victor Mitchell and Doug Robinson have both submitted petitions, which need to be verified.

Democrats

  • Cary Kennedy cleaned up at the assembly with 62% of the delegate vote and will have top-line ballot status.
  • Congressman Jared Polis also made it onto the ballot with 33% of the delegate vote.
  • Mike Johnston withdrew from the assembly process, but is already on the ballot by verified petitions.   He revealed in debate that he no longer supports an assault weapons ban, even though it was a claim on his first television advertisement.
  • Donna Lynne, Colorado’s Lieutenant Governor, has submitted petitions, but they have yet to be verified.

For an updated analysis of gun stances on Gubernatorial candidates, click here.



Other Colorado Bills

Two bills will be heard by the House State Affairs Committee on April 25th at 1:30 in Room LSB-A
SB18-185 Stand Your Ground in Business (Use of Deadly Force).
SB18-052  Repeal High Capacity Magazine Ban
Ceasefire opposes both bills.  You can register your opposition to these bills by contacting the following committee members:

Mike Foote, chair (D-Boulder)  303-866-2920   mike.foote.house@state.co.us
Susan Lontine, vice-chair (D-Denver)  303-866-2966   susan.lontine.house@state.co.us
Adrienne Benavidez (D-Adams County)    303-866-2964   adrienne.benavidez.house@state.co.us
Edie Hooton (D-Boulder)    303-866-2915   edie.hooton.house@state.co.us
Stephen Humphrey (R-Severence)   303-866-2943   rephumphrey48@yahoo.com
Tim Leonard (R-Evergreen)   303-866-2582   tim.leonard.house@state.co.us
Jovan Melton (D-Aurora)   303-866-2919   jovan.melton.house@state.co.us
Mike Weissman (D-Aurora)    303-866-2942   mike.weissman.house@state.co.us
Dave Williams (R-Colorado Springs)   303-866-5525   dave.williams.house@state.co.us



Congressman Mike Coffman (CD6) – 30 Billboards Project Kickoff

As part of the 30 Billboards Project and on the 19th anniversary of the Columbine Massacre, the Survivors Empowered Action Fund will unveil its billboard focused on Mike Coffman (CD6) and his obeisance (and obedience) to the gun lobby. Tom Sullivan, whose son Alex was shot and killed in the Aurora Theater, and others will speak.  Please be there to let Coffman know that you are not pleased with his pro-gun lobby votes, even though the Aurora Theater sits in his district.
Date and Time: Friday, April 20th 4 p.m.
Location: Exposition Avenue and South Monaco, Denver  (for viewing by Aurora commuters).
Bring:  General gun Violence prevention signs, but with no branding for organizational affiliation.
Dress:  for the weather

If you would like to learn more about this effort or financially support it, click here.


Boulder Assault Weapons Ban

On April 5th, after a marathon hearing, the Boulder city council unanimously voted on first reading to adopt an assault weapons ban, ban on bump stocks and high capacity magazine ban of 10 rounds.  The NRA and other gun rights proponents flooded the chambers, comprising over 2/3 of those who spoke.  A councilmember now proposes that the ban instead be referred to the voters in November.  The council is scheduled to vote on this referendum proposal on May 1st.

Ceasefire spoke in support of the Boulder Assault Weapons ban and suggests that the city council support the safety of its community by enacting this ordinance now and not wait until a November vote.  Such a vote would be divisive in the community and would entail a great deal of effort and expense on the part of advocates and opponents alike.  The opponents have plenty of financial backing, where the advocates are largely local concerned citizens. This Saturday, opponents will be holding a rally, and as a way of giving the community a preview of their intimidation tactics, organizers noted attendees could openly carry firearms (but no Trump, anarchy or Confederate paraphenalia, please).

If you are a Boulder resident or have connections to Boulder through work, please contact city council at council@bouldercolorado.gov  and encourage them to adopt the Assault Weapons Ban proposal outright and without a referendum to the people.    In your note, be sure to provide your name and address so they can verify that you are a Boulder citizen.



Vermont Enacts Stronger Gun Laws

For nine years, Ceasefire has been testifying at the state legislature against Permitless Concealed Carry (defeated this year on March 21st).   Every single time, the opposition notes how Vermont has always had Permitless CCW and that its crime rate is low, ignoring that 61% of that population lives in a rural area (only second to Maine) and non-suicidal gun violence is generally an urban problem.

Nevertheless, last week, Vermont’s Republican Governor signed into law a number of gun violence prevention measures:  raising the minimum age for all gun purchases to 21, banning bump stocks, Universal Background Checks, and a high capacity magazine limit of 10 rounds.

In signing the bill, Gov. Phil Scott, a hunter and gun owner, expressed concerns about recent mass shootings and stated “I want every student and every school, every mom and dad, every victim of violence in any form to know that today we stand together as we take steps toward making our community safer for all of us.”

Find your legislators contact information at https://openstates.org/
Also call Speaker Crisanta Duran and ask her the same questions.
303-866-2925
See sample scripts

 


Take Action!!

Send a note to your state senator encouraging support for banning bump stocks.

Post-Sutherland Springs Fix NICS – The Denver City Council recently voted to ban the sale and possession of bump stocks in Denver.  The following morning, Ceasefire joined with Sen. Merrifield and others for a press conference to promote SB18-051.  We need to extend that ban across the state to protect all our citizens. Use the action box at the top of this message to ask your senator to support and pass the bump stock ban sponsored by Sen. Merrifield.

 


Denver Violence 

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.

Check your knowledge of Gun Violence

Take this quiz from The Trace to see how well you know the issue of gun violence in our country.


We welcome your ideas, your participation, and your support!
Postal Address:
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P.O. Box 7501
Denver, CO 80207

Telephone: 303-380-6711
Email: info@coloradoceasefire.org

  

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