Yesterday was a stark reminder to Coloradoans that their state is now in the hands of legislators who believe that feel-good legislation trumps reason and the right to self-defense. In the face of many a weeping woman who recounted their horrific tales of rape — all of which shared a common theme of the inability of local police to prevent such events — Colorado Democrats voted to strip citizens of their right to deter criminals via threat of force. Instead, we have been told we should urinate or vomit on attackers to prevent assault (for the ladies in danger of being raped, they can also tell the attacker that they are currently menstruating).
Here’s a quick run-down of the gun bills passed yesterday (pulled from The Republic and edited to remove bias):
- BACKGROUND CHECKS: House Bill 1229 would add a background-check requirement for many guns sold in private transactions.
- AMMO LIMITS: House Bill 1224 limits gun ammunition magazines to 15 rounds.
- FIREARM BAN FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE OFFENDERS: Senate Bill 197 would expand a ban on gun ownership for people convicted of certain domestic-violence offenses.
- GUN LIABILITY: Senate Bill 196 adds legal liability for gun sellers and owners.
- GUNS ON CAMPUS: House Bill 1226 would end Colorado’s law barring public college campuses from banning concealed weapons.
- ONLINE GUN TRAINING: Senate Bill 195 would require people seeking concealed carry permits to take gun training courses in person.
- BACKGROUND CHECK FEES: House Bill 1228 would revive fees for gun purchasers who need background checks.
These bills are clearly coming from legislators who believe they must act, even if their actions are absolutely ineffective and potentially dangerous. Consider the fact that states that allow registered citizens to carry concealed weapons have lower crime rates than those that don’t, and we can assume that similar results can be found on college campuses.
The 31 states that have “shall issue” laws allowing private citizens to carry concealed weapons have, on average, a 24 percent lower violent crime rate, a 19 percent lower murder rate and a 39 percent lower robbery rate than states that forbid concealed weapons. In fact, the nine states with the lowest violent crime rates are all right-to-carry states.
Stripping college students of the right to self-defense will only exacerbate the issue, as our Democratic friends will soon find out. We may not see an increase in murder rates, mostly because murder can be carried out without the use of a firearm, but we will certainly see a spike in violent assaults and rapes on college campuses across the state which tend to occur without firearms.
Perhaps even more frustrating is the fact that these measures were decided by a minority of people in the state. Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana was a grassroots, bottom-up decision that included citizens in a larger discussion. I have a feeling that the majority of Colorado citizens would be in favor of protecting Second Amendment rights, but we’ve been shut out. Not physically — you can see by the appended photos that hundreds if not thousands people lined up to testify for their rights, including many county sheriffs — but their voices were shut out by people with fallacious visions of the “Wild West” erupting in their minds.
Speaking of the “Wild West” mentality, when’s the last time we witnessed a CCW permit holder actively engage in a gunfight with campus police? Has it ever happened?
These elected Democrats truly believe that everybody, even people in rural Colorado, thinks, feels, and lives exactly as they do. And they couldn’t be more narrow-minded or more wrong.
(Photos courtesy of Alex Vogel)