Four sweeping gun control measures advanced out of the Colorado senate on Friday, March 8 and will require a formal vote this week. They will then be in the hands of Governor Hickenlooper.
A note to elected politicians: Just because they didn’t vote for you, it doesn’t mean you don’t represent everyone in your district.
Democrat Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper thinks he gets to decide which constituents he can listen to and which he can ignore.
Case in point: After an overwhelming turnout by Colorado citizens opposing the new gun control measures in the state capital, including 20+ Colorado Sheriffs, Governor Hickenlooper claimed it wasn’t a fair representation of the feelings of the state. Tell that to the thousands who took time off work to show up at the hearings. Governor Hickenlooper has said he will sign the gun control bills when they reach his desk.
These same concerned citizens, Republicans and Democrats, have turned up at town hall meetings around the state, including in Pueblo, where 750 people showed up to speak with State Senator Angela Giron. In Durango, Representative Mike McLachlan was met by 400 people.
Larimer County Justin Smith (and Gilpin County Sheriff Hartman) visited Governor Hickenlooper’s office on Friday, March 8, but didn’t get past the front desk. He and other elected Colorado Sheriffs have asked for a meeting with the governor to discuss the gun bills, but a staff member told Sheriff Smith she wasn’t aware of this request. (Posted on Facebook by Justin Smith.)
In the currently Democrat controlled Colorado Senate, where terms are four years, Democrats hold 20 seats, with nine up for re-election in 2014. Republicans have eight seats up for re-election in 2014. There are 65 members of the House, each on a two year term, with Democrats controlling the house at a rate of 37 (D) to 28 Republicans.
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