Mike Lederhause: Colorado disgraced

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March was a disgrace for Colorado. On March 4, Senate President John Morse along with Sens. Angel Giron and Lucia Guzman hosted what should have been honest and open hearings to take public comment on the various proposed gun bills in the Senate. Instead, the hearings were a sham, allowing only a select few to testify with a predetermined outcome. The hundreds of Colorado residents who took time off work and made the trip to the Capitol because they believed in honest and open government were excluded from testifying while uninformed people were imported from outside the state and given an opportunity to talk. What a disgrace.

On March 8, the bills were supposed to be debated in the full Senate, but there was no debate. Many members of the Responsible Party testified for hours about the harm these bills would do to Colorado and its law-abiding citizens. The Democrats, for the most part, did not even respond and at times were not even in the room listening to what was being said. Again, the results were predetermined by the Democrats, and the bills moved to the House, where they again were passed March 15.

Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bills into law Wednesday and violated the Constitution that he took an oath to uphold. He should be removed from office for the malfeasance.

None of these bills do anything to promote safety or reduce mass murders. They are a knee-jerk reaction to terrible crimes committed by mentally unstable individuals, not by the law-abiding residents whom these bills now penalize. Why do these Democrats now think that another ill-conceived law is going to deter someone from mass murder? Murder already is illegal.

While the Colorado Legislature is busy attacking and destroying the Constitution, let’s go ahead and make some changes that really will benefit Colorado and all of America. Let’s make a requirement that everyone must show valid ID, proof of legitimate employment and pass an intelligence test on the issues and candidates on the ballot before they can vote. Any person on welfare or an employee of the government agency affected by the vote would be ineligible to vote because that would be a conflict of interest. If we did this, it would not take long to get America back on the right track and out of debt. Since the Democrats seem to think the Constitution no longer matters, it should be no problem to enact these laws.

We cannot only blame the people in office who have brought this injustice. The biggest blame is on the Nov. 6 voters who blindly put these people in office. They exercised their rights to vote, and that now has taken away the rights of law-abiding citizens. Don’t let those responsible forget that.

Mike Lederhause

McCoy

Comments

bill schurman 1 year, 6 months ago

Simply put, the laws are NOT unconstitutional. "Ease up while you still can... ."

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david gibbs 1 year, 6 months ago

Mike, you shouldn't drink before write. Or at the very least read what you wrote the next morning before you mail the letter. I apologizes in advance if you have suffered from a brain injury.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 year, 6 months ago

Mike makes a couple of good points in the first two paragraphs, which I'd love to debate sans all the hyperbole about the 2nd amendment.

"Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the bills into law Wednesday and violated the Constitution that he took an oath to uphold. He should be removed from office for the malfeasance."

No, the constitution puts the governor in the executive branch. Not the judicial branch. Only the judicial branch is authorized to rule on the constitutionality of legislation. The governor can use "I think this may be unconstitutional" as rationale for a veto, but by no means does signing any piece of legislation violate any governor's oath of office, he's just carrying out his duties as prescribed under the constitution, just like he swore an oath to.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 year, 6 months ago

"None of these bills do anything to promote safety or reduce mass murders. They are a knee-jerk reaction to terrible crimes committed by mentally unstable individuals, not by the law-abiding residents whom these bills now penalize. Why do these Democrats now think that another ill-conceived law is going to deter someone from mass murder? Murder already is illegal."

Well, how do you know? How does anyone know what effect any legislation will have, until it's been tried? If it doesn't work, we can repeal it down the road. But the vast majority of this country believes both that we must do something, and that this sort of thing seems like a reasonable and common-sense place to start.

Right, murder even carries the death penalty, yet this doesn't seem to be any sort of deterrent. So I don't know why anyone would think that this legislation is meant as a deterrent -- I smell a strawman. I would say the purpose of background checks, even between private parties, is exactly to keep guns out of the hands of more criminals and mentally unstable individuals than would be the case without background checks. Can't hurt to try.

How exactly does this punish the law-abiding? If I'm selling a gun to someone, I'd certainly appreciate the peace of mind knowing that I hadn't just potentially sold a gun to an aspiring mass-murderer. As to magazine limits, there's a potential to reduce casualties in future mass-murder tragedies -- enough to warrant trying it, as opposed to arguing in favor of doing nothing and maintaining the bloody status quo.

Anyway, I'm still trying to find what right I've lost vis-a-vis gun ownership. As I mentioned elsewhere, it's pretty obvious myriad other rights of ours have been obliterated entirely while others are hanging by a thread, but the only thing which gets folks worked up are paranoid delusions about their guns being taken away, when the only things being talked about are commonsense, and perfectly constitutional, background checks and capacity limits? If we'd get half as worked up about the tyrannical course of government, we wouldn't need to delude ourselves into thinking our guns will save us from it -- by then it will already be too late.

Honestly, the forces systematically destroying our rights could care less if we keep our guns. There's nothing about turning America into a police state which requires disarming the citizenry. The last thing Obama wanted to address during his time in office, despite right-wing conspiracy theories to the contrary, was gun control. Newtown was the straw that broke the camel's back of indifference, the current groundswell of support for gun control is an organic creation of We the People, not some government conspiracy to strip our 2nd amendment rights.

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Kathy Connell 1 year, 6 months ago

I think time would be better spent talking about how can we all address this continuation of violent misuse of guns to kill people. Our leaders need our input and help, not our attacks. The problem is most people would rather write the poison than do the work. Our violence is getting worse, not better as exemplified by the latest horrific acts on the front range. good people are getting killed, and yet all,s people seem to do is whine about their loss of rights. How about some thoughtful dialogue on what you would propose to do instead of all of this hateful, emotional rhetoric?

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Michelle Hale 1 year, 6 months ago

The simple fact is this. Very few murders are done with legal weapons as a whole. Gun laws are going after people who are above board, not the dirt bags. Chicago is the perfect place to look. They have the strongest gun laws in the USA, and the highest murder rate. Why? Because;" When guns are outlawed only outlaw will have guns."

When I lived in New Mexico there were more than one person I knew that I could get any kind of brand new gun. Never registered and any make or model. It was cash only, end of story. The people that sold these guns were everyday people. So the idea of having to have a background check is a joke. If you really think for a moment that more gun law will effect crime, you are wrong. Only when people have the right to have the same fire power of the criminal and government, we have fair law. For those of you who do not believe you are loosing your rights. Why don't you Google NDAA and read through that law that was past. You (we) are no longer covered by our First, Fifth or Tenth Amendments of the United States. It was past by over 90 plus Senators, and signed into LAW by our Presidents in 2012. Yet nothing on TV, or in any paper about it. So I agree. Wake up Sleepwalkers. Also remember OUR Government is the largest arms dealer in the world! One must ask, why doesn't the Government want it's people to be armed with what they sell all over the world?

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Jon Quinn 1 year, 6 months ago

Mike suggests the following... "Let’s make a requirement that everyone must show valid ID, proof of legitimate employment and pass an intelligence test on the issues and candidates on the ballot before they can vote." I wonder if Mike would agree that the same standards should be enforced in order to purchase or own a firearm? Of course, I'm sure we all know that the his answer would be "no." Please do tell me if I am mistaken, Mike.

I'm with Kathy here. The rhetoric is beyond tired. I have not heard any suggestion that the right to bear arms be abolished. All we are talking about is under what conditions and circumstances the 2nd amendment shall be upheld and how to balance the rights of our citizens to bear arms with their equally important rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

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Rick Pighini 1 year, 6 months ago

This conversation is getting old. Changes are ony made through educating the kids as to what guns are,where they come from, and how to use them safely. Every citizen should have a gun safety card and without such you can't buy a gun or ammo. The talk about Chicago is skewed also. The reason they have the strictest gun laws is because the poor people on the south and west sides all have guns and have been killing each Other for decades. The difference is the growth in their population. The armed are killing the armed and far to often innocent by standers are in the cross fire. The law is there so they have a reason to apprehend and hold these gang members. People are not getting killed because the criminals have guns and the law abiding citizens don't. The poor communities children are doing all the killing because schools are closing and neighborhoods are being integrated. These kids are passing through other gangs areas, which is the economic engine in these areas. It's like lord of the flies in these neighborhoods. What these folks need is better opportunities through education and parenting. Which unfortunately isn't going to happen. Poor people throughout the world arm themselves kill each other and eventually revolt against the institutions that they blame for their blight. Our government is about elected officials getting rich. Even the most well intended get corrupt by the loot. It's been this way since the beginning. You would think the first program they would cut would be what they are taking, such as their two week spring break. Which,by the way, is extremly close to their feb. winter break and their 3 week holiday break. Don't forget about Their week long thanksgiving break and their week long labor day break. Not to mention their 3 week August summer break. It's like Europe in Washington. We need real Americans in gov't. lower the salaries, pay them by the hour at work, let them pay a portion if not all of their health care and no pensions without twenty years of service. Also maybe Heath care ends when the job ends. They should try going on cobra. Bottom line is the gov't elected officials are the takers and we not only let them but we encourage it. Sad

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Mike Isaac 1 year, 6 months ago

Mike you hit the nail on the head. A lot of money from outside the state was spent to pass these gun laws. For some reason these outsiders many from the Northeast have been hellbent on taking away our freedoms here in Colorado. I have had a few conversations with people that have moved here and think our laws should be like where they moved from, that they know better than us about guns and many other issues, from oil and gas, school funding, coal power plants , prop 64 and how we are building too much in what they call scenic areas.

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Bob Smith 1 year, 6 months ago

"Here's the deal...martial law WILL come under OBAMA. (he just needs the "proper crisis) When it does, our DHS will try to suppress the masses. The FEMA camps will be activated and populated with us. Comply or Die! That's the mantra! This government has been conditioning the U.S. public for years. Ever hear of "Agenda 21"? Say no more! Wake up "sleepwalkers"! Of Course...I'm a paranoid nut case right? America, look a bit deeper than your apparently superficial lives! Things are going down." . do you really believe this? I beginning to get the feeling that you are not being sincere. I thought that this type of garbage only belonged to folks trying to sell books on the internet (infowars.com) or make $$ with radio talk shows (alex jones) . if you are indeed sincere, it will be interesting to see how re reconcile this junk in 5 years. like a doomsday cult - must feel pretty stupid the next morning!

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Bob Smith 1 year, 6 months ago

oh yeah - i forgot to mention (most importantly) - the guys trying to sell gold! seems like every time you get this doomsday crap, at the end of the line is an offer to buy gold now "before its too late!"

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jerry carlton 1 year, 6 months ago

Rick I agree with everything you said except no pensions for politicians and repeal the old pensions. Let them serve one term, period. Then maybe the elected officials would do something besides line their poctets and work to get reelected so they can line their pockets further.

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mark hartless 1 year, 6 months ago

Yeah. Owning gold has to be even stupider than owning dozens of guns and MRE's.

After all, I only need ONE gun (with or without bullets) to show up at Bobs house and take HIS gold, his groceries, etc.

He, Scott, and others on this blog have all but testified that they are totally unarmed, scared of guns, and no friend of the local sheriff.

I'd say that makes them "sitting ducks" if ever there were any.

Can't wait to see how their little world fares when the S**t hits the fan.

No doubt the "quiet people" have already jotted down their names and addresses for just such an occaision; just like the gubbamint has folks like me on 24-7 lunatic patrol.

The comming years may hold some surprises but one thing is certain... they are gonna be damned entertaining!!! Personally, I'd gladly take an ass-whipping just for front row seats to the party that is comming our way.

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Chris Hadlock 1 year, 6 months ago

I just don' get these people that think an armed insurrection would be better for our country than working together to solve difficult problems. Do you really think that civil war is the right course?

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mark hartless 1 year, 6 months ago

No Chris.

I do not think civil war is the right course. I think secession might be the right course, or a form of it such as nullification.

However, while civil war may not be the RIGHT course it is the most likely.

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