Mike Lederhause: Colorado disgraced
March 22, 2013
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.