Freedom Updates: April 20, 2001
All Freedom Updates by Ari Armstrong unless otherwise noted.
ALERT: SENATE BILL WOULD VIOLATE RIGHT OF SELF-DEFENSE
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners
Senate Bill 225 was introduced today, which would raise the minimum age to purchase or possess a handgun from 18 to 21.
Though introduced by Denver Democrat Doug Linkhart, it is similar to last session's HB1272 sponsored by then-GOP House member Dorothy Gotlieb (thankfully, the liberal Gotlieb lost her November election to the Senate, and can no longer define the left-most borders of the Republican party). We labelled that bill the "Trojan Horse" bill because it had a title that would allow a huge number of amendments, including raising the minimum age to purchase or possess any firearm, a stated public policy goal of Governor Gun Control.
This concept was also the subject of a potential poker game, where your rights were being gambled. Last year, former Colorado State Shooting Association President Richard Bowman suggested that CSSA would support this kind of bill, if it meant they would get something in return. To any astute observer of politics, this should indicate that SB225 could be involved in some backroom trading with SAFE, supposed "pro-gun" groups, the Governor and Senate leadership. The only things working in our favor are that the sponsor is a Democrat (most of these parties only cut deals with Republicans, even though the legislation is the same) and RMGO is here to expose the deal, regardless of who is embarassed.
The bill will likely be heard in the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, where it virtually assured passage. With just 3 weeks left in the session, we need to put heat on the full Senate.
Call your State Senator at 303-866-2316 or toll free at 888-473- 8136.
Urge him/her to vote against any effort to raise the age of possession or purchase of firearms. Tell him/her that young adults shouldn't be stripped of their rights.
Also call Governor Bill "Gun Control" Owens at 303-866-2471 and urge him to oppose this measure. If Owens gets enough pressure, he just might leave this one alone.
Remember: once they start banning firearms ownership for one age group, they can easily ban ownership for any age group. Compromise is not an option!
At least John Sanko seems to have gotten the message that he ought to write articles that cover both sides of the issue. A recent letter of mine in the Rocky Mountain News criticized him for writing biased articles in favor of the anti-gun lobby. I want to give credit where it is due, so I sent Sanko the following letter concerning his April 20 story:
Dear Mr. Sanko,
Thank you for offering a basically balanced story about the age requirement for handguns.
I do wish you had mentioned something about the substantive debate. Something like, "SAFE believes raising the age limit for handguns will reduce gun deaths, but civil arms advocates believe the measure would deny legal adults their right of self-defense. Federal law currently sets the age for handgun purchases at 21."
I wish the news were less about sensationalism, and more about substantive issues. I realize that's partly a result of what the people you interview say.
Does Owens have a backbone? Vegas odds are still 100-1 against. But Sanko's article contains one promising sign: Owens' spokesperson Dick Wadhams said: "Governor Owens deplores the politicization and exploitation of the second anniversary tragedy with today's news conference" announcing the bill. But I won't hold my breath waiting for Owens to reverse his previous anti-rights stands -- remember raising the purchase age was one of Owens' major proposals previously.
Johnson Talks Sense on BB Gun Felony
[T]hey are coming down... incredibly hard on that 16-year-old boy. When I read they want to hang a felony on him, I almost fell over... The BB gun... was stuffed beneath a seat. And it was unloaded... [A] BB gun is hardly pipe bombs and semiautomatic weapons. For our past failings, we now are going overboard.
Updates on New Gun Reg Proposals
An April 19 article in the Dallas Morning News by Michelle Mittlestadt reveals the motivation of the anti-gun lobby: "Specific firearm design characteristics -- concealability, high capacity and large caliber among others -- make certain guns more prone to use in multiple shootings," the study [from the Violence Policy Center] said, noting that handguns were involved in nine of the 10 high-profile school shootings that have occurred since 1997" (http://www.dallasnews.com/national/342644_guns_19nat.ART.html).
I.e., the anti-gun lobby wants to ban all handguns which are either too small or too big. But has it found a size gun that's "just right?" And it wants the ATF to have the power to ban and recall any gun it wants.
You can read the language of proposed legislation S.534 / HR 920 at http://www.vpc.org/graphics/s.534.pdf. You can read VPC's "study" at http://www.vpc.org/graphics/where.pdf. Here's your homework for the day: see how many lies and logical fallacies you can find at the VPC web page.
Finally! A Productive Use for Tax Dollars!
"Montgomery County police used paid informers to hire suspected prostitutes for sex during at least two recent investigations."
At least somebody's getting something of value from tax spending.
Romer's War on Math Education
Ayn Rand Lives
With Apologies to Jesus
I read your article about LIES in the media in a the KEEP AND BEAR ARMS page today.
Following is my response.
I appreciate your feedback and will include your letter in a future release.
However, some of your criticisms are off base. Whether or not Jesus was a "weapons rights adherent" is beside the point in this context. (I don't think the topic was one of his major talking points at any rate.) Your claim that my use of the name was "wholly without excuse or purpose" is false: while it may be without excuse, my purpose was to create some kind of image of how the ATF might have reacted when they saw the Mt. Carmel church go up in flames.
Your claim that I "hate Him" is also off target. I think he made some key tactical errors but was otherwise a decent bloke. Just so there's no confusion, I hereby formally offer my apologies to Jesus Christ and to readers I may have offended (and I've changed that line).
NOTE: The last Freedom Updates were published April 18 at http://www.freecolorado.com/2001/04/shorts18.html.