Colorado Senate Dems push through gun control bill

I am finding it ridiculous trying to talk to gun control advocates. They don't listen. You can calmly point out that the measures they are advocating will do absolutely nothing to prevent another school shooting or a tragedy like the Aurora theater massacre, and it goes right over their heads. They stick with the talking points and eschew reason and logic.

It's the "control" part of gun control they love. That, and the self image they create of themselves of saving lives, even though there is a mountain of evidence that belies their elevated opinion of themselves.

Colorado is the latest state to pass meaningless gun control legislation.

Associated Press:

The measures approved by the Senate included a limit on the kinds of high-capacity ammunition magazines Holmes is accused of using in the theater shooting. Other measures included expanded background checks on private gun sales and a new ban on gun ownership for people facing domestic violence charges.

Republicans argued in vain that the gun controls would not have prevented the theater shooting, nor the school massacre last December in Newtown, Conn. Some cited the 1999 Columbine High School shootings outside Denver.

Democrats stood firm.

"We can't get back the kids we lost, but can refuse to send them more," argued Sen. Mike Johnston (D-Denver).

The Democratic gun control package in Colorado is being watched nationally to see how a politically moderate state with a gun-loving past responds to the recent shootings in suburban Denver and in Connecticut.

Only one of the five bills heads to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper to be signed into law. The remaining four must return to the House for more debate, including the ammunition magazine limit and the domestic violence bill. The House is under Democratic control and will likely approve the measures.

Hickenlooper has said he supports the one bill awaiting his signature, a revived fee for people seeking background checks by gun purchasers. Hickenlooper has also called for expanded background checks and has said he'd sign the magazine limit if lawmakers get it to him.

Republicans tried in vain to stop parts of the gun control package. They argued longest against the magazine ammunition limit.

"It's not going to work, and I hate to say that," concluded Sen. Mark Scheffel (R-Parker). "What it will do is infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens."

However, Republicans only succeeded in picking off two of the three Democratic defectors they needed to defeat the ammunition limit. They warned that the gun controls are feel-good measures that won't make Colorado safer.

And that's the bottom line. A "feel good" measure in lieu of doing the hard, dirty work of finding ways to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and criminals. Nothing the Colorado legislature is considering will accomplish those goals, which makes their grandstanding all the more ludicrous.

I am finding it ridiculous trying to talk to gun control advocates. They don't listen. You can calmly point out that the measures they are advocating will do absolutely nothing to prevent another school shooting or a tragedy like the Aurora theater massacre, and it goes right over their heads. They stick with the talking points and eschew reason and logic.

It's the "control" part of gun control they love. That, and the self image they create of themselves of saving lives, even though there is a mountain of evidence that belies their elevated opinion of themselves.

Colorado is the latest state to pass meaningless gun control legislation.

Associated Press:

The measures approved by the Senate included a limit on the kinds of high-capacity ammunition magazines Holmes is accused of using in the theater shooting. Other measures included expanded background checks on private gun sales and a new ban on gun ownership for people facing domestic violence charges.

Republicans argued in vain that the gun controls would not have prevented the theater shooting, nor the school massacre last December in Newtown, Conn. Some cited the 1999 Columbine High School shootings outside Denver.

Democrats stood firm.

"We can't get back the kids we lost, but can refuse to send them more," argued Sen. Mike Johnston (D-Denver).

The Democratic gun control package in Colorado is being watched nationally to see how a politically moderate state with a gun-loving past responds to the recent shootings in suburban Denver and in Connecticut.

Only one of the five bills heads to Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper to be signed into law. The remaining four must return to the House for more debate, including the ammunition magazine limit and the domestic violence bill. The House is under Democratic control and will likely approve the measures.

Hickenlooper has said he supports the one bill awaiting his signature, a revived fee for people seeking background checks by gun purchasers. Hickenlooper has also called for expanded background checks and has said he'd sign the magazine limit if lawmakers get it to him.

Republicans tried in vain to stop parts of the gun control package. They argued longest against the magazine ammunition limit.

"It's not going to work, and I hate to say that," concluded Sen. Mark Scheffel (R-Parker). "What it will do is infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens."

However, Republicans only succeeded in picking off two of the three Democratic defectors they needed to defeat the ammunition limit. They warned that the gun controls are feel-good measures that won't make Colorado safer.

And that's the bottom line. A "feel good" measure in lieu of doing the hard, dirty work of finding ways to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill and criminals. Nothing the Colorado legislature is considering will accomplish those goals, which makes their grandstanding all the more ludicrous.

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