It’s not uncommon to find politicians who support gun control who turn out to be awful people themselves. Joining the list is Kansas House Rep. Aaron Coleman (Democrat, 37th district), who recently got expelled from the Kansas Democratic Party for a 2-year period. (archived)
BREAKING NEWS: Rep. Aaron Coleman has been officially suspended from the @KansasDems party for his abusive behavior! This resolution was passed UNANIMOUSLY by 152 members of the KDP State Committee at Washington Days tonight. Thank you for standing with his victims! #ksleg pic.twitter.com/azNGtOlduK
— Faith Rivera For Kansas (@FaithRiveraKS) February 27, 2022
KDP Resolution Concerning State Rep. Aaron Coleman
Whereas, Rep. Aaron Coleman has engaged in worrisome, abusive, and violent behavior. Prior
to being sworn in on Jan. 11, 2021, Rep. Coleman faced allegations of online bullying,
blackmail, and revenge porn in middle school, slapping and choking a former girlfriend, stalking
his 2020 opponent’s former campaign manager, abusive behavior toward the House minority
leader’s chief of staff, and publicly threatening Gov. Laura Kelly.
Whereas, the Kansas House Democrats filed an initial complaint against Rep. Coleman on Jan.
12, 2021, seeking a censure and possible expulsion, stating “he is a danger to women. His
removal is necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of legislators and Capitol staff.” A
special House committee was formed to investigate the complaint. The committee issued a
warning letter on Feb. 18, 2021 stating that his conduct with young women was “unfitting” and
warned that he could face a reprimand, censure, or expulsion from the Legislature if another
complaint was filed.
Whereas, Rep. Coleman’s worrisome behavior has continued since that initial investigation and
warning letter. On Oct. 12, 2021, the Kansas Department of Labor banned him from the
agency’s offices due to his disruptive and intimidating behavior. On Oct. 30, 2021, he was
arrested on charges of domestic violence. On Nov. 27, 2021, he was arrested on suspicion of
driving under the influence.
Whereas, six lawmakers filed a second complaint seeking a censure and possible expulsion of
Rep. Coleman, stating that his “behavior puts state employees, legislators, and visitors to the
Capital at risk and makes it unsafe for him to serve in the Kansas House of Representatives” on
Nov. 29, 2021
Therefore, Be It Resolved, that the KDP State Committee is suspending Rep. Coleman from
the party for a two year period effective immediately. To the extent permitted by DNC and KDP
bylaws, his suspension bars Rep. Coleman from participating in party events, from serving in
an elected or appointed capacity within the Party, and from receiving party resources and
support during any campaign for public office.
Be If Further Resolved, that the KDP will closely monitor Rep. Coleman’s behavior during this
period of suspension, and if he continues to act in violation of the KDP’s Code of Conduct, the
KDP will pursue his permanent dismissal as a member of our state party.
Coleman appears to be quite the colorful character. In addition to the allegations made by the Kansas Democratic Party, which can be seen in several reports, the self-described socialist reportedly also hit his brother in a fight over the latter’s baptism and allegedly threatened to shoot a girl at another high school.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise to us, but Rep. Coleman supports gun control and “defunding the police.” Being in a state like Kansas, he dissembles and hides his positions with, “I support the Second Amendment, but…”
Gun control is one issue where Aaron is a little more conservative. Aaron has said, “I fully support open carry gun laws. I believe the right to bear arms is a fundamental right. I also believe in the first four words of the 2nd amendment which state: ‘a well regulated Militia’.”
Aaron believes we must implement the most basic of measures to ensure our Militia is “a well regulated” one. Aaron will fight for the following; A universal background check, to ensure felons aren’t getting guns and the mentally ill aren’t getting guns. Basic licensing requirements similar to the process of getting a driver license, to ensure every gun owner has a baseline of gun safety knowledge. Lastly, a minimum standard of authority for our judges to allow them to intervene when someone poses a danger to themselves or others.
Coleman’s campaign website describes “universal background checks” as necessary to ensure that felons aren’t getting guns. Of course, it is a given that convicted felons will lawfully subject themselves to universal background checks. Rep. Coleman’s support for a “basic licensing scheme” would turn a constitutionally-protected right into a privilege, but according to him, it’s just part of being “a little more conservative.”
Aaron believes for a red flag law to be implemented, measures of due process must be included. Someone will only be able to have their right to bear arms temporarily suspended if overwhelming evidence is presented that not doing so will cost life and limb, such as, stalking, domestic abuse, suicide threats, death threats or other forms of intimidation, and lastly a judicial order of mental insanity.
It is quite ironic that Rep. Coleman has been expelled by the Kansas Democratic Party for the very allegations that he lists as disqualifying factors on his website. I hope Coleman gets the help he needs before rushing out to disarm the rest of us.