Don’t worry, he says. We’re in charge here, we know what we’re doing and while we appreciate your input, we’re going to go ahead and trample on your constitutional rights to own firearms. But hey, it’s just a little trample. Don’t get excited.
Here’s his standard reply to a constituent friend who had the temerity to challenge the guv on his anti-gun stance:
Dear Dr. Jeff:
Thank you for writing regarding gun control in Colorado. This is an important subject, and we appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts and concerns.
Over the past year in Colorado and across the nation, we have experienced an unprecedented level of tragedy due to gun violence. The shooting that occurred in Aurora on the night of July 20, 2012, is an event that will remain in our hearts and minds forever. And while our lives will never be the same again, these experiences showed the strength and resilience of individuals to come together as a community. Now, as a community, we must come together to find ways we can prevent similar tragedies in the future.
Your letter is one of thousands we have received offering thoughts on everything from banning assault weapons, to increasing mental health availability, to the rights of citizens to carry concealed weapons. The diversity of opinions on how best to address this issue is proof positive that we should not shy away from this discussion. We are confident that through thoughtful and mindful debate we can find reasonable solutions that respect the rights of law-abiding Coloradans to own firearms while maintaining the health and safety of our communities.
In Colorado, individuals purchasing firearms at firearms dealerships and gun shows undergo background checks, and we believe that universal background checks will help ensure that guns don’t fall into the hands of those who would use them to harm themselves or others. This is a multifaceted issue and part of this dialogue should focus on mental health access. In addition to addressing firearms, we have also asked the Colorado General Assembly to support a comprehensive overhaul of our state’s mental health system so we can better deliver support and services to people sooner rather than later, and provide appropriate interventions. (my emphasis, not his)
This is a conversation that will continue throughout the course of this legislative session, so we also encourage you to share your thoughts with your legislators. To contact the House of Representatives, please call 303-866-2904. To contact the Senate, please call 303-866-2316. These contacts will direct your call to the appropriate office. Or, you can find your legislators online at http://www.colorado.gov/esri/webmaps/my-hood.html?webmap-id=a4838d49acca478e82f453d209bc81d9
Once again, thank you for your input, and for taking the time to contact our office. We will keep your thoughts in mind as we move forward.
Office of Governor John W. Hickenlooper
I could make many comments on this twisted and disingenuous response which interestingly enough makes no reference to the Constitution of the State of Colorado’s guarantee of the right to keep and bear arms. But his statement that “we believe that universal background checks will help ensure that guns don’t fall into the hands of those who would use them to harm themselves or others” is so full of error and twisting of history that I scarcely know where to begin. Who are the “we“, I wonder? Answer: the Progressives who have successfully undermined the government of the state of Colorado and taken control of it for their own purposes. “Will help ensure“? How does he know that? Does he have any proof whatsoever that background checks will in fact keep guns out of the hands of criminals? No? Then why move ahead with it?
The guv is resting comfortably in the arms of the Progressives. His letter is pap and pabulum signifying nothing. What the bills will do when he signs them into law is turn law-abiding citizens into criminals. That’s a fact.
Thanks for writing, guv. Thanks for nothing.