|Dear Colorado Ceasefire follower,
Colorado Ceasefire works to reduce gun violence through legislation, advocacy and education. To support this mission, we are undergoing a strategic process to plan for the next three years. This planning effort will inform the work of both the Outreach (501(c)3) and Advocacy (501(c)4) branches Ceasefire.
We are working with a consulting firm specializing in strategic planning for nonprofits, Mission Spark, to gather information. Kara Penn of Mission Spark has developed a survey for those interested and invested in Ceasefire’s work to provide feedback into the future direction of Ceasefire. Please contact her with any questions at email@example.com.
Will you complete the survey? We want to hear from you!
The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, and responses will only be shared with Ceasefire board members in the aggregate, with no identifying information attached. We are asking you to complete the survey by Friday, October 26th by 5 PM.
Thank you for your time in providing your insights and ideas for Ceasefire. We deeply appreciate you.
Tom Sullivan article in 5280
Tom Sullivan, whose son Alex was shot and killed on his 27th birthday in the Aurora Theater, is running for HD37 in Centennial. He is featured in this 5280 magazine article: Click Here. When gun bills are heard at the state capitol, Tom and his wife Terry are a constant presence and always share their truth to power. Ceasefire has endorsed and financially supported Tom in his campaign, and we encourage all our members to assist him in his efforts, be it financially, or through volunteer activities. You can find out how by visiting his web site: http://sullivanforcolorado.com/
Labor Day is the traditional kickoff for the intensive push to the November elections. If you haven’t done so (and I know that some of you already have), this is a good time to get out and help preferred candidates. We recently endorsed Congressional Candidates and State-wide candidates.
As noted by Andrew Romanoff, former speaker of the House and CEO of Mental Health Colorado, at the panel discussion at the Dairy Arts Center: If we wish to make gun regulations in Colorado stronger, it will ONLY happen because of what we choose to do in the runup and the voting in the general election. The success of bills in 2019 and 2020 under the gold dome totally depends on what happens November 6th.
Click here to see all of Ceasefire’s endorsements for the 2018 General Election. http://www.coloradoceasefire.org/
World Suicide Prevention Day
September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. In Colorado, suicides account for 3 out of 4 gun deaths. In 2017, there were 1175 suicides in our state, and 591 (50%) of them were accomplished by a gun. It is very unfortunate that the Colorado senate leaders elected to kill the ERPO (red flag) bill last May. A study of a comparable law in Connecticut showed that one life could be saved for every 10-20 risk warrants issued. In August, PBS aired a special on the benefits of ERPO laws.
If you are worried about a friend or relative, have them call 1-844-493-TALK, and if they have firearms, help them arrange for temporary storage out of their con
Guns in Schools
The Trace asked nine teachers and administrators how they wrestle with the specter of school shootings. One claimed “The Day I have to Carry a Gun to Teach, I’m Done.” Read their stories here. It seems that every time there is a shooting that grasps our attention and makes us even more cognizant of the insanity of our loose gun laws, the gun lobby takes it as an opportunity to make for even more guns in more places. Now their pressure effort is to arm public school teachers (Note: have to take a deep breath after typing that). For six years, we at Ceasefire have worked with others to defeat such ludicrous proposals at the state capitol (The worst bills were sponsored by Sen. Tim Neville and Rep. Patrick Neville, both of whom are on the ballot in November).
An innovative trio of folks (writer, psychologist and composer) have created three provocative short videos and calls to action, appropriately titled “Stop the Madness.”
Another Example of Concealed Carry Wisdom (?)
“After a raccoon climbed up a telephone pole in Colorado Springs, a man walking by responded in the way that seemed natural to him. He tried to shoot it down, reports KRDO. Police say it’s not clear how he botched the attempt, but 67-year-old Don Upshaw was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound to his lower leg. Apparently, he was trying to shoot the raccoon with his revolver, but ‘ended up on the wrong side of the barrel.”
Colorado Ceasefire PAC has endorsed an additional two candidates: Jared Polis for Governor and Brenda Krause for House District 15.
Check out our general election endorsement list at www.ColoradoCeasefire.org
Help us elect these people by sending a donation to: Colorado Ceasefire PAC, P.O. Box 7501, Denver, Colorado 80207.
Although Jared Polis wasn’t our number one pick in the gubernatorial race, he is far and away better than Walker Stapleton, who is committed to overturning the 2013 gun reform laws. Now each of the major party candidates has selected a state (or former) legislator as his lieutenant governor running mate.
Jared Polis selected Dianne Primavera, who previously represented HD33 (Broomfield). Primavera was endorsed by Ceasefire in all her campaigns and had a perfect Ceasefire voting record – voting for all the reform bills in 2013.
Walker Stapleton selected Laing Sias, who represents HD27 (Arvada). Media reports have described Sias as a moderate, but that’s not how we see him. He has earned a well-deserved “F” rating from Ceasefire. Among his unfortunate votes and stances:
- 2016 Co-Sponsored Bill (HB6-1204) to allow ANYONE to carry handguns into public K-12 schools
- 2016 Primary sponsor of granting CCW permits to underage military (SB16-144 and SB17-006)
- 2016 Voted NO on the suicide prevention bill (SB16-147)
- 2017 C0-Sponsored Repeal of High Capacity Magazine Ban (HB17-1097)
- 2017 and 2018 Co-Sponsored Permitless Concealed Carry (SB18-097and SB17-116)
- 2018 Voted NO on Extreme Risk Protection Orders (Red flag – HB18-1436)
RMGO Election Sputter
The Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO) actually fared quite poorly in the primary elections.
As of the June 27th reporting, their donations and expenditures for the primary were over $14,500, but they donated to six candidates in Republican primaries. Of those, they were successful in only one race, blocking Rep. Dan Thurlow’s attempt to unseat Sen. Ray Scott in Grand Junction. Notably:
- Frank Francone was edged out by Colin Larson for Rebublican nominee for the open seat in HD22 (Littleton)
- Diane Holbert (wife of state Sen. Chris Holbert) lost in her effort to stay as Douglas County Commissioner
- Chad Day, sheriff of Yuma County and head of the Colorado County Sheriff’s Association, lost his re-election bid. Sheriff Day is memorable to us for his stating in testimony several years ago that we need high capacity magazines to protect ourselves from our own government. Voters were likely upset with Day’s deputizing wealthy out-of-staters who donated to the department and then were able to carry concealed firearms anywhere.
So why is this election sputtering so important? During the lobbying effort to get the red flag bill introduced his year, Republican legislators confessed political concerns of crossing the RMGO. Yes, back in 2012, RMGO was quite aggessive and successful in its Republican electioneering, but fared poorly in 2014, 2016 and even more so this year. As we head into the 2019 legislative session, Republican legislators should be reminded that their fears of the RMGO are overblown. Its bark belies a somewhat defanged creature.
- The majority used legally purchased firearms
- Had a history with the site they attack
- Do not have a long history of mental health issues
- Many engage in behaviors that may indicate impending violence
The study examined six major stressors: mental health issues, financial problems, marital problems, drug abuse, family conflicts, and conflicts at school. Click here to read the full report:
Mass Shootings Continue Unabated
In mid-May, a student used a handgun and shotgun to shoot and kill 8 classmates and 2 teachers at his high school in Santa Fe, Texas. The weapons belonged to his father, who clearly was negligent in storing his firearms. Now that schools are out for the summer, school shootings aren’t a daily concern, but that doesn’t mean that disgruntled individuals will discontinue their shooting rampages against fellow workers or fellow citizens. Last week, a gunman blasted his way into the office of The Capital, an Annapolis, Maryland, newspaper. Five journalists and support staff were killed. Mike Littwin, of the Colorado Independent, wrote this moving tribute to his friend and colleague who was killed in the “endlessly tragic news cycle that America has refused to address.” A contract reporter at The Capital shared her story of hiding out during the siege while her colleagues were fatally shot and wonders when America will act.
Note to elected officials: Regardless of what your gun lobby funders say, IT IS ABOUT THE GUNS!
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.
During these Dog Days of Summer….
The hot weather days between early July and early September are called Dog Days because the star Sirius (also called Canicula), which represents the hound of the Hunter Orion, makes its first visible rising during the summer. The days are also called “canicular” from canine.
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