Our Rights Are Heading to the “Kill Committee”

What is your emotional response to the phrase “kill committee”?  If you find it a little disturbing, just wait because it gets worse.  It’s the unofficial name for the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committees of both our State House and Senate – and these committees are reviewing no fewer than six bills designed to protect or restore our Second Amendment rights.

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A cursory internet search on that phrase and “Colorado” turns up multiple articles and quotes affirming the fact that the State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee is where bills are sent to be killed rather than to be moved on to the House or Senate floor.  It’s a deliberate dead-end for laws that are unpopular with the majority party of the time and has been used as a legislative abattoir by both parties over the years.  It’s “a long held practice” and “a long-standing tradition.”  It’s accepted as a fact of life by our legislators.

We’d like to suggest a few more ways to describe the practice.  It’s disgusting.  It’s a travesty.  It’s an inside joke among political players in which our rights and personal liberties are pawns and punch lines.  It makes a mockery of the very political system that is supposed to make us a nation of laws.

It is unacceptable.

The bills listed below include several that would outlaw parts or all of the 2013 gun laws forced upon us by agenda-based, out of state interests.  The passage of those laws was so onerous that it resulted in Colorado’s first recalls of sitting state legislators by a citizenry insulted and ignored by its elected government.  These may very well be some of the most important bills that we are going to see pass through our Legislature this year.  Yet the bills were sent to their respective “kill committee,” in what could easily be viewed as another sign of contempt for the voting public of Colorado.

Here are the bills and the legislators on each of the committees, both House and Senate.  Contact them today, tomorrow and every day until the voting is done and the bills get their fair hearings on the floor.  Call them, write them, email them, schedule a constituent meeting if you can be in Denver.  Make sure they understand the seriousness of the situation and that we, as citizens, are done with fixed games and inside jokes.

The “kill committee”, in both concept and practice, needs to meet its own end.  And, if need be, take the careers of its defenders with it.

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House Bills Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

 

HB 14-1063 – “Deadly Force Against Intruders At Businesses”

 

HB 14-1151 – “Repeal Ammunition Magazine Prohibition”*

Senate Bills Assigned to State, Veterans, & Military Affairs

SB 14-038 – “Governor Cannot Restrict Firearms During Emergency”

SB 14-090 – “No Background Check For Step-relations”

SB 14-094 – “Background Checks And Fees For Gun Transfers” (repeals the mandate for personal sales, citizen-to-citizen)

SB 14-100 – “Repeal Large-capacity Ammunition Magazine Ban”

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Members of the House State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee

Su Ryden, Chair – (303) 866-2942
su.ryden.house@state.co.us

Joseph Salazar, Vice-Chair – (303) 866-2918
joseph.salazar.house@state.co.us

Kathleen Conti – (303) 866-2953
kathleen.conti.house@state.co.us

Timothy Dore – (303) 866-2398
tim.dore.house@state.co.us

Mike Foote – (303) 866-2920
mike.foote.house@state.co.us

Stephen Humphrey (303) 866-2943
rephumphrey48@yahoo.com

Jeanne Labuda – (303) 866-2966
jeanne.labuda.house@state.co.us

Jovan Melton – (303) 866-2919
jovan.melton.house@state.co.us

Dominick Moreno – (303) 866-2964
dominick.moreno.house@state.co.us

Dan Nordberg – (303) 866-2965
dan.nordberg.house@state.co.us

Angela Williams – (303) 866-2909
angela.williams.house@state.co.us

Members of the Senate State, Veterans, & Military Affairs Committee

Jessie Ulibarri, Chair – (303) 866-4857
jessie.ulibarri.senate@state.co.us

Matt Jones, Vice-Chair – (303) 866-5291
senatormattjones@gmail.com

Irene Aguilar – (303) 866-4852
irene.aguilar.senate@state.co.us

Ted Harvey – (303) 866-4881
ted.harvey.senate@state.co.us

Bernie Herpin – (303) 866-6364
bernie.herpin.senate@state.co.us

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*When the magazine ban was originally passed as HB 13-1224, it went to the Judiciary committee.  It is unknown why this bill, dealing with the same subject matter, was sent along a different path…

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Great Rally in Denver!

We attended the Gun Rights Across America rally in Denver yesterday and were gratified to see how many Coloradans were in attendance.  Talking to folks in the crowd, we heard the same theme – our theme – again and again.

These were people exactly like we were just a year ago.  People who had never been involved in politics before but who saw their rights being eroded or brazenly stolen while no one intervened.  They felt lost and small but would not sit quietly on the sidelines.  They didn’t know exactly what to do but they decided to do something – writing their Representative or Senator with honest statements and pointed questions; attending a rally to find and network with like-minded folks; joining a pro-rights group; talking to a neighbor.

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Small steps like these led to bigger efforts for some.  We met with several of the guest speakers and found they had the same “baby step” beginnings but found the drive to take them further.  Fellow recaller Victor Head is now running for public office in Pueblo.  Isaac and Edgar of “Guns for Everyone” travel the state to provide free concealed-carry training to those who need it.  Linda Elliott of “One Million Moms Against Gun Control” and Brenda Blake of “The Well-Armed Woman” empower other women to embrace their Second Amendment rights and to make their own choices about self-defense.  Jim Heath is the local coordinator for the Appleseed Project, helping Coloradans not only improve their rifle marksmanship but connect with their heritage and the history of their rights.  And, of course, Don Dobyns and Sergio and Alicia Perez of GRAA who organized and ran this event, giving people like us a rallying point and proof that we aren’t alone in our desire to protect our rights.

We’re honored to have met with these folks and encourage you to check out their sites listed below.  And to follow in their footsteps.  All it takes is that first “baby step” – and you will be far from alone when you’re ready to take it.

Guns For Everyone
URL: concealedcarryforfree.com/
URL: www.gunsforeveryone.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/gunsforeveryone

Gun Rights Across America
URL: graac.webs.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GunRightsAcrossAmerica1

One Million Moms Against Gun Control
URL: www.1millionmomsagainstguncontrol.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/1millionmomsagainstguncontrol

Project Appleseed
URL: appleseedinfo.org

The Well-Armed Woman
URL: www.thewellarmedwoman.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheWellArmedWoman…

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All Hands On Deck

Monday, January 13th, is our official launch date but we’ve already received more than a few questions about our organization and mission.  Usually, it’s some form of, “There are already ‘gun groups’ in Colorado.  What’s the point of yet another one?  What makes you better?”

Well, we’re not better.  We’re just a little different.  This isn’t about competition, it’s about reinforcement.  Because 2013 showed us that there’s not only room at the table for many groups, there’s a need for them.  Our rights are under attack and we need all hands on deck, defending and reinforcing every angle we can find.  And, while other groups may choose to focus on the traditional lobbying role or on vetting candidates for office, we’re taking a different tact.

We don’t want to represent Coloradan’s Second Amendment interests.  We want to help citizens represent themselves.

Our Board is comprised of many of the same Coloradans that started the recall movement in our state.  Those recalls succeeded for a lot of reasons but they began because seven of us – with no previous political experience or aspirations – decided to take matters into our own hands instead of waiting around to be rescued.  We were victorious in the end but at great personal expense of time, money and frustration over a system that is severely damaged if not flat-out broken.

We don’t want our fellow citizens to have to relearn those lessons and to suffer the same mistakes.  We want to provide Coloradans with the knowledge and networking needed to empower them to stand up and take action if and when the need arises again.

We also want to expand our community.  Unfortunately, there are connotations – some fair, many unwarranted – about what “being a gun owner” means about you as a person.  People make assumptions about your lifestyle, your politics, your attitude when you declare membership in one group or another.  Many people who just happen to own a gun feel disenfranchised by this soft bigotry.  They don’t fit those oft-repeated stereotypes so they don’t connect with the community and, worse, don’t really perceive how changes in our laws negatively impact them.  Even those who don’t own a gun still own their right to one and deserve to have their voices heard as loudly as the rest of us.

As we said, we believe it is time for all hands on deck.  Him, her, them – you.  If you hold a passionate belief in personal liberty, a willingness to defend our Second Amendment, the ability to look past any differences to simply see a fellow Coloradan exercising their right and the willingness to stand with them, you’ve got a seat at our table.

We sincerely hope you’ll take it.

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