Second Amendment

It’s time for change, not politics as usual.

SECOND AMENDMENT

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that Americans have the right to keep and bear arms.

As your State Representative:

1.   I will not vote for any legislation that violates the right of citizens to own and bear arms.

2.  I will not vote to repeal the  sensible laws the Colorado legislature passed in 2013, including background checks and limiting high-capacity magazine clips.

3.  I will not vote to allow individuals to carry concealed weapons without a permit. 

4. I will vigorously support efforts to treat mental illness. Many of the politicians who oppose stronger gun safety laws are the same ones who vote year after year to cut mental health spending. This is absurd. I will make it a priority not a slogan.

5.  I will support laws restricting open carry except by law enforcement. I favor an open-carry ban in most public places including schools, churches, bars, restaurants, parks and playgrounds, stores and shopping malls. If an individual feels the need to carry a weapon for their safety, Colorado already allows them to get a concealed weapon permit. Licensed hunters engaged in the sport would be exempt.

6. I will do everything I can to keep weapons out of the hands of people not legally entitled to own them. This includes: felons, mentally ill persons and terrorists. Persons with a history of violent behavior should not own guns. Persons under a restraining order or an order of protection, those convicted of domestic violence, child abuse, and felonious assault should not be allowed to buy guns.

The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is to keep the gun out of a bad guy’s hand in the first place.

Detailed position

The words “well regulated” are the second and third words of the Second Amendment. Our founding fathers intended that state legislatures adopt regulations controlling firearms. From the earliest days, most towns had laws prohibiting open carry. The Supreme Court has repeatedly upheld reasonable gun regulations.

As are most Coloradans, I am extremely concerned about the growing number of gun deaths in our state — deaths by murder, suicide, and accidental shootings. How many must die? How many children must we bury? How many grieving mothers and fathers must we comfort before we stop this insanity?

My son and daughter went to Arapahoe. I took my children to ChuckE Cheese. My son frequented the Century Theater in Aurora. These killings hit home.

No other developed nation on earth forces its families to go through this. The United States once was an evolved and civilized nation. I question whether that is the case today when I see photos of men and women in toy stores with assault rifles strapped on their shoulders, or vigilante snipers taking aim at law enforcement officers. They are indistinguishable from the Taliban or ISIS when they terrorize innocent civilians with their military weapons. We are better than this!

We can stop the slaughter without taking away second amendment rights if we have the will.

Colorado’s new gun laws have not prevented anyone legally entitled to own guns from buying them. Since the laws went into effect, thousands of guns have been purchased legally in Colorado. Over 76 persons not entitled to own a gun, however, have been stopped from getting one by the new laws.