Colorado Democrats Rev Up For Gun Control In Response To Boulder Shooting

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It’s almost inevitable. If there’s a mass shooting in an already anti-gun state, you will see more gun control come up for a vote in the legislature. There’s absolutely no way it’s not going to happen.

Hell, it’ll get introduced in the wake of a mass shooting in a pro-gun state, but it just won’t go anywhere.

Following the shooting at a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, Colorado, we knew it would happen. Now, it’s happening.

A bill that would temporarily prohibit people convicted of a violent misdemeanor from purchasing a firearm in Colorado will likely be part of a package of gun legislation Democratic state lawmakers are preparing to introduce in response to the deadly shooting last month at a Boulder King Soopers.

The package is also slated to include a measure closing the so-called Charleston loophole, which allows gun sellers to transfer a weapon to a buyer after three business days, even if a background check hasn’t been completed.

Democrats also are pursuing legislation to eliminate a law prohibiting counties and municipalities from enacting gun regulations that are more strict than what’s in state statute. Finally, the package is expected to include money dedicated to gun violence prevention efforts, including a public education campaign to inform Coloradans about the state’s so-called red flag law, which allows a judge to order the temporary seizure of a firearm from someone deemed a risk to themselves or others.

A measure to ban assault weapons in Colorado is not included in the initial slate of legislation being discussed and it appears unlikely that such a bill will be introduced this year. A state assault weapons ban was floated in the days after the Boulder shooting, but there doesn’t appear to be sufficient support at the Capitol among Democrats to move forward.

“There’s still a lot of work to do and a lot of details to be figured out,” Senate Majority Leader Steve Fenberg, a Boulder Democrat, said during a town hall on Wednesday in which he discussed the coming legislation.

Fenberg provided more information on the potential bills to The Colorado Sun on Thursday. He said while none of the measures are 100% ironed out yet, they are “the ideas rising to the top.”

So, most of this is cookie-cutter gun control that hasn’t done jack squat to stop a mass shooting anywhere else. Educating people about the red flag laws might have done something if the family of the killer was unaware that such a thing existed, but I’ve seen no evidence of that, nor did they take advantage of much longer-standing laws that could have not just disarmed the killer, but had him committed for treatment. They didn’t take that action, either.

Yet the idea of barring people guilty of misdemeanor crimes of any sort is problematic to say the least.

See, these misdemeanors can be as simple as someone getting into a fistfight. It could be someone needling you until you don’t really have much choice but to take a swing. It could be any number of things.

No, you probably shouldn’t have tried to hit someone, but should you lose your civil liberties, even on a temporary basis? Not unless you’re also going to restrict their speech and take control of who, what, and how they worship. Might as well have a couple of troops bunk up with them, too, while you’re at it.

These are misdemeanors we’re talking about here, and yet Colorado is considering this? Seriously?

Look, if this is allowed to pass, you’ll see it in other places. Sooner or later, there will be someone talking about preventing people with speeding tickets from having guns. Mark my words on that.

Let’s hope Colorado still has a bit of sense left in the state.