Senators Turn Their Attention to School Safety

DENVER, Colo. – Lawmakers are crossing party lines at the Statehouse to support a pair of bills, co-authored by leaders in both bodies, aimed at enhancing public school safety in Colorado.

SB15-213, which waives governmental immunity for cases involving school violence, is prompted by the ongoing plight of Michael and Desiree Davis, the parents of 2013 Arapahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis, who have been battling to extract information on the murder from secretive school officials.

The second bill, SB15-214, creates a standing committee to study the role mental health problems play in school violence. The bill strengthens the hand of parents in holding public school officials responsible for negligent actions that endanger students.

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commented 2013-03-19 16:35:26 -0600 · Flag
To the Honorable Senator Morse, as a lifelong resident of Colorado and residing in your Senate district 11 how is it going to feel when the recall petitions start circulating in your district, for your failure to communicate with your constituents, along with your voting record make it necessary for this action to start!
commented 2013-03-15 14:55:00 -0600 · Flag
Please Cancel Me out
commented 2013-03-14 20:00:16 -0600 · Flag
Mr. Gov. Hickenlooper you need to veto all anti gun laws this is something that needs to be voted on by the people who put you into office I know my Rep. I voted for you guy will just come one term leaders you need to ask your voters how you should vote on these bills not just vote how you want to you need to vote how we the people who put you in office remember we put you there and we can vote you out every one who voted for these bills should be recalled then you will see how we would want you to vote when you no longer have a job how would your family like you to be unemployed over something so simple as not listening to your voters thank you
commented 2013-03-14 19:31:15 -0600 · Flag
We need to Contact Gov. Hickenlooper
and tell him to Veto all Anti- Gun Laws
commented 2013-03-13 15:18:24 -0600 · Flag
Excellent! I am jealous of those who have Rep. Fred Masiack watching after their rights. We should not have to battle the anti-Americans who disrespect the Constitution continually. Are we so weak in Colorado that the force of Washington D.C. shoves us down the liberal road? I, for one, plan to throw my vote and support behind anyone who brings our state in the spotlight for gun ownership, not submission. If Governor Hickenlooper jumps to sign any change of Colorado’s citizen rights of gun ownership, he more than deserves the disgrace of a short term in office. I’m sure his boss in the White House will have some worthless, overpaid job for him. I’m ready to sign any recall action needed to scourge him from office-he has nothing good in store for Colorado.
commented 2013-03-13 14:42:54 -0600 · Flag
Allen, This did make my day. It would make my day if I knew our representatives here in this state acknowledged our great Constitution. Sadly, I don’t think they even know what our amendments mean. They are not even representing the people nor listening to us. Something has got to happen. We need to all band together and protest. If Hickenlooper signs all this we have to make a stand!
commented 2013-03-13 14:26:51 -0600 · Flag
Now here is a gun law that makes sense……!

THIS MAY MAKE YOUR DAY!

Vermont State Rep. Fred Maslack has read the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as Vermont’s own Constitution very carefully, and his strict interpretation of these documents is popping some eyeballs in New England and elsewhere.

Maslack recently proposed a bill to register “non-gun-owners” and require them to pay a $500 fee to the state.

Thus Vermont would become the first state to require a permit for the luxury of going about unarmed and assess a fee of $500 for the privilege of not owning a gun.

Maslack read the “militia” phrase of the Second Amendment as not only the right of the individual citizen to bear arms, but as’a clear mandate to do so’.

He believes that universal gun ownership was advocated by the Framers of the Constitution as an antidote to a “monopoly of force” by the government as well as criminals. Vermont’s constitution states explicitly that “the people have a right to bear arms for the defense of themselves and the State” and those persons who are “conscientiously scrupulous of bearing arms” shall be required to “pay such equivalent..”

Clearly, says Maslack,Vermonters have a constitutional obligation to arm themselves, so that they are capable of responding to “any situation that may arise.”

Under the bill, adults who choose not to own a firearm would be required to register their name, address, Social Security Number, and driver’s license number with the state. “There is a legitimate government interest in knowing who is not prepared to defend the state should they be asked to do so,” Maslack says.

Vermont already boasts a high rate of gun ownership along with the least restrictive laws of any state … it’s currently the only state that allows a citizen to carry a concealed firearm without a permit. This combination of plenty of guns and few laws regulating them has resulted in a crime rate that is the third lowest in the nation.

“America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the evil ones.”

This makes sense! There is no reason why gun owners should have to pay taxes to support police protection for people not wanting to own guns.

Let them contribute their fair share and pay their own way. Sounds reasonable to me! Non-gun owners require more police to protect them and this fee should go to paying for their defense! In God We Trust
commented 2013-03-11 08:36:01 -0600 · Flag
The push is on here in Colorado. Progs have full power and are always going to use it to the full extent of the law—and then whatever they think they can get away with. Case in point, Sheriff Maketa on 2nd Amendment issue. listen to his radio interveiw here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHzx3ZyXRWw Let our AG John Struthers know you know this is unacceptable!
commented 2013-03-10 18:56:50 -0600 · Flag
Hey;
I can’t beleive they sent this to my e-mail this to me:
Dear Colorado MoveOn member,

The biggest issues facing the state of Colorado are being debated right now in Denver. From jobs and the economy to education, guns, and the environment—these are all issues where state laws are every bit as important as national laws.

For progressives to make our voices heard on so many different issues, we need folks like you to take the lead on the issues you care about most. That’s why MoveOn has opened up our petition tools to allow anyone to start your own online petition and share it with your friends.

If you take the lead by starting a petition and sharing it with your friends, we’ll share tips on running a successful campaign and send the most popular petitions to other MoveOn members in the state.

In fact, if you get 20 signatures or more on a petition for a progressive cause, we’ll share it with at least 1,000 people in your area to help it grow. But don’t wait, because unlike Congress, the Colorado legislature only meets for a short time and will wrap up for the year by the end of May.

Click here to start your petition to Gov. Hickenlooper or the Colorado legislature.

Thanks for all you to do.

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commented 2013-03-10 18:56:36 -0600 · Flag
I also agree that Colorado has been hand picked to start the gun grab. I also have no trust in our democracy as it once was. There a lot of well written comments below mine that were well worded that reflects not just my opinion but a lot of other Coloradoans as well that has watched this unfold into a political circus . I do not think that what has been happening should be downplayed as this process is anything but normal. The democrats have their own agendas and certainly do NOT care about our concerns, nor are they willing to listen to Colorado’s voices. The email to the Sheriff certainly proved beyond a reasonable doubt there is way more at stake here than what is being made public.

Please do the right thing and get to the bottom of this mess .
We are watching and we are awake.
Thank you .
commented 2013-03-10 13:35:26 -0600 · Flag
Dean,

I agree that we will pursue every recall avenue and fire them but they must understand that We Really Have Two Votes: One at the Polls and One With Our Wallets. I will exercise both of mine.
commented 2013-03-10 13:28:03 -0600 · Flag
Jere, I understand your anger & frustration with Colorado democrats who are not representative of the feelings of the majority of Colorado’s remarkable citizens. However, I don’t agree that we should punish our businesses as a motive of revenge towards so called representative Morse & his shadows AKA Colorado democrats. Lets attack the roots of our concerns and issue a unified vote of NO CONFIDENCE, assemble before the state Capitol, and demand resignations of ALL Colorado democrats who sponsored or supported these ludicrous gun measures. These democrats have their own agendas and certainly do NOT care about our concerns, nor are they willing to listen to Colorado’s voices. They pretend to lend an ear, but in reality, they care about only their own interests & party lines. TIME FOR A CHANGE, Colorado can stand up and make the rest of the country take notice that our citizens are NOT STANDING FOR NO REPRESENTATION nor are we tolerating officials who do NOT represent our voices!
commented 2013-03-10 13:14:17 -0600 · Flag
I have sent this email to John Morse after hearing this conversation on the Jeff Crank show with sheriff Maketa.

Mr John Morse,

It has now come to my attention that you and other legislators are blackmailing sheriffs to keep quiet on your east coast gun control bills. As a Colorado Springs voter I am sickened by the tactics that you and others in the legislature are using to push your agenda. This is extortion and attempted bribery of a public official ( in my opinion). I am ashamed and disgusted that you represent me in Colorado Springs, for you sir, are nothing more than a criminal. Just like when you arrested criminals when you were a policeman, you are no better than the criminals you arrested! I will contact all the voters I know and tell them about what seems to me and in my opinion that you have broke federal law! I am next going to contact the Colorado attorney general John Suthers of your criminal activities! This sir is America and is not a banana republic as you seem to think, the first amendment is for free speech and was put there for the things people like you don’t want to hear. In my opinion you have dishonored the honored position you hold at the senate. I will continue to push this along with 1000s of voters to make sure that you are arrested and charged for crimes that you have committed! I demand a response from you on these matters in this email!!
commented 2013-03-10 12:55:26 -0600 · Flag
Gabby Giffords husband has bought an AR 15.
Here is a guy who is for gun control that is most likely in need of personal protection. I respect his right to buy one and donate it if he wants. What is valuable to learn from this action is his personal freedom is now restricted and he will need to give up his firearm because of peer pressure!

His purchase was none of our business! His reasons were none of our business.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/09/Gabby-Giffords-Husband-Buys-AR-15-Announces-He-s-Not-Keeping-It-After-News-Leaks-Out
commented 2013-03-10 12:42:57 -0600 · Flag
Consider NOT Spending Money in Colorado if these Gun Bans pass.
Read more and send to Senators:

Senators,

Please vote No on All of the remaining Gun restriction proposals. The Economic Impact will be Disastrous within 18-24 months.

For those of you that have forgotten….Please turn your head to the “West” and look up. Those mountains are our bread and butter! They bring people here.

- THE COLORADO ACTIVE OUTDOOR RECREATION ECONOMY
• Contributes over $10 billion annually to Colorado’s economy
• Supports 107,000 jobs across Colorado

Votes have consequences. I plan to be part of any and all movements to repeal the laws passed, recall all participating democrats ,and suggest to all persons that believe in the Second Amendment that they do not come to Colorado for any reason and participate in our economy.

Many out-of-state friends who vacation in Colorado (hunt, fish, ski) and they are very upset about the attacks being made against 2nd Amendment Rights in Colorado.

They have told me they will not go to Colorado if these laws are passed. They will go to another State for their vacation….their money will not come to Colorado.

As a Coloradoan, I will do my part and boycott as many Colorado businesses as I can for as long as I have to.

If just a small percentage of Coloradans do as I plan to do….keep our money in our pockets or spend in other states…then collectively we can make an impact in slowing down the economy (Jobs) and tax revenue to the state.

Here are some of the things we can do:
- We can drive across state lines, with our trucks, to get Washing Machines, Furniture…all large ticket items…(jobs and tax revenue).
- We can go to Vegas to gamble once a year….I love going to Blackhawk to gamble…but I won’t go there 4-5 times a year any longer (jobs and tax revenue).
- We can go to another state for hunting. Texas has Wild Boar hunting….That sounds great (jobs and tax revenue)
- We can stop fishing in the State of Colorado (jobs and tax revenue).
- We can stop going out for dinner. I will eat at home or go across state lines to have dinner (jobs and tax revenue).
- We can stop camping in Colorado (jobs and tax revenue).
- Treating ourselves to a movie any longer? It can cost a family of 4 over with popcorn and soda over $60.00 for a 2 hour movie!
Don’t think so…Netflix is just fine (jobs and tax revenue).
- Shopping at the Malls? Don’t think so. We will browse the brick and mortar and then go home and buy items on the internet or go across state lines (jobs and tax revenue).
- And last but not least…we can go spend our recreational shooting money in another state. Outsiders will stop coming to Colorado and Coloradans
can go else where to shoot and hunt (jobs and tax revenue).

Most of the businesses (people) who serve these sporting industries live on very tight profit margins. Even if only 15% of customers stop participating in outdoor activities, their business will either close or make so little money there will no longer be any state tax revenue from their operation.

Here is a reminder of one of our bedrock industries of Colorado:

- THE COLORADO ACTIVE OUTDOOR RECREATION ECONOMY
• Contributes over $10 billion annually to Colorado’s economy
• Supports 107,000 jobs across Colorado
• Generates nearly $500 million in annual state tax revenue
• Produces $7.6 billion annually in retail sales and services across Colorado – accounting for 4% of gross state product

I made Colorado my home because of the outdoor activities, Western Heritage and good honest people. Well…now all three are slowly being destroyed with all of the liberal agenda items being passed over the last 10 years. It is quite sad to see this wonderful state being ruined and losing its core conservative Western Values.

Don’t Forget…You are also forcing Good Colorado Manufacturing Companies, that support the gun industry, to leave the state (more jobs and tax revenue lost). These companies will not come back!

Please vote No on all of the remaining Gun Control proposals or risk destroying our economy.
commented 2013-03-10 12:36:32 -0600 · Flag
I suggest you go here, http://www.facebook.com/ColoradoAttorneyGeneral
The rest of his contact info is here too. http://www.coloradoattorneygeneral.gov/
I think a trip to a local jail is in order. Let the judges sort this out.
commented 2013-03-10 12:27:08 -0600 · Flag
Ed, if this is indeed true, then it’s time to demand resignations from office of Colorado’s pathetic democratic " lack of leadership". It’s time Colorado citizens are represented by citizens ( and I don’t care which political affiliation) who listen to the wants & needs of Colorado. Our current democrats are not concerned with our desires!
commented 2013-03-10 10:38:28 -0600 · Flag
Now I’m hearing that the Dem. leadership in the Senate is threatening the Sheriff’s that testified before the Senate committee against the gun bills. The legisture has the power to give them pay raises or not, and are threatening them with that. Here is a radio interveiw with Sheriff Terry Maketa about that, and a couple of other issues. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHzx3ZyXRWw I suggest you contact AG John Struthers and push for an investigation, and charge the liable people accodingly.
Ralph L. Carr Colorado Judicial Center
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Denver, Colorado 80203
P: 720-508-6000
F: 720-508-6030
Attorney.General@state.co.us
commented 2013-03-10 04:41:36 -0600 · Flag
Thank you for stopping the two please do what you guys can do to stop the rest on Monday thank you Philip Buschman
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commented 2013-03-09 22:21:11 -0700 · Flag
I so agree with Dale, but also realize Colorado was picked I think to be ground zero for the administration in removing weapons from law abiding citizens. To take the peoples protective rights away and dilute the 2nd amendment was easy to do on the coasts. They needed to get a foot hold in the west where many ranchers, hunters, conservatives live. Sorry to say I think this is tip of a very dangerous iceberg. Wait until they get two more U.S. supreme court justices appointed. I fear states rights will come under attack as they next go after the 10th amendment . This movement the progressive socialists have started is NOT politics as usual.
commented 2013-03-09 22:03:49 -0700 · Flag
These gun measures have angered all Coloradans. The democrats have NOT REPRESENTED the citizens of Colorado in any of these proposals. Since they do not feel the need to listen to their constituents then maybe they will listen to this, it’s time to remove them from office & vote in Colorado citizens who honestly & truly represent the great people of Colorado.
I would strongly support a petition to do just that. I would also like to see an amendment to our Constitution limiting congressional representation to two years. Two years is more than enough time to be proactive in the strength & welfare of Colorado. A committee to evaluate their performance should be established grading them on their performance. If they don’t earn TOP grades, they will be removed with no opportunity to run for Congress again!
It’s time Americans take back our government and step forward in representing our people!
commented 2013-03-09 20:53:47 -0700 · Flag
Would there be a companion law with the proposed law limiting the legal size of magazines that only one mugger, murderer, rapist could attack at a time?
There are existing laws banning real automatic assault weapons that can be enforced, unless they have already crossed the Mexico border… The situation surrounding the fervor to force more gun laws is sad beyond words, however the reaction does not warrant a surrender of the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution.

What would it look like if as many people were killed by guns as are killed by unsafe use of cell phones daily?

How about a really fresh idea-use the state’s share of lottery monies to train and arm school guards so anyone seeking to do harm to a child would be met with a bullet. I for one am sick of the endless construction of bike paths and golf courses paid for without the light of the Sunshine Law. Anyone seen any mention of a change to how that gets handled? Not one lawmaker wants to stir that pot.

“Our” Democrat lawmakers fold and are willing to follow the D.C. attack on everything from day care to Medicare and any and all gun rights, but exhibit no sign of a spine when Colorado doesn’t have to be another sheep in the flock begging for the return of revenue and state’s rights from Washington D.C.

Anyone who attempts to purchase ammunition lately knows the shelves are empty. Reloader? Can’t buy bullets, powder, primer or brass because every Federal agency from ICE to the Coast Guard has contracted for every bullet or component that will be manufactured for the next decade. Yep, Right to Bear Arms still exists but without ammo! A little bit late to wake up but I’d like to see an inquiry into this situation.

I will support all of my representatives who have the fortitude to represent real Colorado citizens and values and all of our Constitutional rights. We hardly need to split hairs to disarm us.
commented 2013-03-09 10:48:04 -0700 · Flag
Vote no
commented 2013-03-09 10:32:54 -0700 · Flag
I would like to ask why a person who has had a very recent background check and found approvable must have another with in a short period of time? Do people change and become something else that quickly? Or, is this just a deterrent to good people and an expense and contributor to big government and big brother? Socialism and Communism in practice. Make things difficult and expensive. This flies in the face of the Second Amendment and the Bill of Rights, not to mention the constitution.
commented 2013-03-09 09:33:31 -0700 · Flag
I found this to be one of the most astute, right on, best “commentary” I’ve read in a long, long time. It is frightening but seems to reek with “uncommon common sense”. And to think he is only 40 years younger than I am. Please read this if you read no other. You will be glad you did. Shapiro: How Obama Wins By Ben Shapiro February 27, 2013 6:50 am https://portal.mxlogic.com/redir/?kXCzB5MQsFIf6zASDsQsEIL3C6kjo08zlpKCYLyWLMDIiSeOf-C9ThjOWek9WJadhlTZCT7-4ly9KVKVJmJqviNe7Og-8a8yvbCQSkTSjqbbyr5NPz8USCUr2YFQd44OvCy26Ofd455tIld426A3h2q8jh2rDUvf0srhdFCQXCzB5BUsCYyrgsEN President Obama is one of the great political knife-fighters in modern history. He is a failed president — his economy is bleak, his foreign policy bleaker, his vision for American even bleaker still. But he wins. He wins by losing. President Obama has only had two major policy victories during his tenure: the stimulus package and Obamacare. Both are massively unpopular. The stimulus package launched the tea party movement. Obamacare led to the Republican wipeout of 2010. Then Obama began to lose. He wasn’t able to push forward climate change legislation or immigration reform or gun control or increased taxes before the election of 2012. And he won a sweeping electoral victory. The strategy was — and is — simple. Obama pursues policies that are widely popular and then purposefully sinks them by casting Republicans as obstructionists. He is not truly interested in immigration reform; Republicans are fools to think that he is. Obama wants to raise the issue of immigration reform so that he can demonize Republicans as anti-Hispanic. That’s why Obama ignores the broad support for an immigration plan that would provide border security once and for all and then deal with the illegal immigrants who live here. Instead, he proposes an immigration plan that would do nothing for border security while essentially granting gradual amnesty to those already here — and to millions more who will cross the border unmolested. By doing so, Obama puts himself in a no-lose situation: If immigration reform passes, he takes credit; if not, he blames Republicans as racists who simply don’t like Hispanics. The media will abet this little game. Suddenly a failed proposal from Obama becomes a political winner for him. The same holds true of the sequester. President Obama originated the sequester. It was his idea to put into place an automatic cut in the rate of spending increase, and it was his idea to focus those cuts on the defense industry. Republicans, idiotically believing that Obama was interested in honest negotiation, voted for sequestration. Now Obama runs to the cameras to suggest that if these cuts go forward, the world will end. All he asks to avert this earth-shattering crisis is a few tax increases. The media helps him pimp this narrative. Again, it’s a no-lose for Obama. If sequestration is averted, Obama takes the credit. If not, he gets to cast Republicans as hard-hearted Scrooges who want Tiny Tim to starve to death. Another failed proposal, another victory for Obama. What does all this achieve? It achieves electoral victory. Once Democrats have enough votes in the House and Senate to ram through their agenda, the game is over: Obama forces through his policies. America moves to the left. Obama understands what Republicans do not: Politics is a waiting game. If nothing gets done with a split government, Obama is happy to live with that. Meanwhile, he’ll demagogue each and every issue until he gets the votes he needs to truly transform America. - Ben Shapiro, 29, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, a radio host on KRLA 870 Los Angeles, and Editor-At-Large for Breitbart News. He is the New York Times bestselling author of “Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America.” To find out more about Ben Shapiro and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.
commented 2013-03-09 09:27:20 -0700 · Flag
I see people ready to leave the state, and I can understand their feelings, but, can we afford to give up? I hope that is not the only answer. Liberals move in, to escape high taxes and oppression of their present location, and the enigma is, they bring their liberalism with them to soil their new home. This has always be a puzzlement to me. They beat as steady stream out of California to settle here to escape hight property prices and high taxes, and then try to turn Colorado into California, in too many cases.
We are beginning to look more like our neighbor to the south. However, their problem with immigrants is more from a southerly direction.
commented 2013-03-09 09:17:13 -0700 · Flag
Expensive redundant background checks. Spending more money, tax payer money, either from taxes or directly from the tax payer to the CBI. They can’t even keep up with them now. As much as 30 days behind at times. Big government again. Many have been checked to ridiculous levels. Holders of top secret military clearances, current and retired government employees, holders of concealed carry permits, and many others have had extreme and expensive checks done to be where they are, now more expensive checks for everything. This is sounding more like a communist, socialist state in the image our current leader? has in mind.
commented 2013-03-09 09:07:43 -0700 · Flag
These are sad times for liberty and Colorado. Can we ever turn it around? With the unwanted gift of liberals moving here from other places, we are in bad shape. WE must keep up the fight to get our state back to freedom and sanity. What is going on with laws preempted by federal law? Pot and Liability. Liberalism gone mad.
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