Guest Commentary: Colorado Anti-Gun Proposals Target the Most Vulnerable

March 4, 2013

OVERBECK: We know that virtually all of the recent mass shootings have taken place in a posted gun-free zone

Colorado Democratic legislators are passing a hail of new anti-gun laws that  prevent the most vulnerable from defending themselves in places often targeted  by rapists and mass killers. Similar bills are being rolled out by Democratic  legislators in other states, headed to Congress. According to Independence  Institute research director and Denver University law professor Dave Kopel, many  of these bills were written by deep thinker New York City Mayor Michael R.  Bloomberg’s anti-gun group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and promoted by their  lobbyists at the Colorado Capitol.

“The bills are a model for what they’ll try to push in Congress,” said Mr.  Kopel at a recent Leadership Program of the Rockies event in Colorado Springs.  “Colorado is a pawn for the Obama-Biden plan.”

He added, “Biden called wavering Democratic legislators and told them we have  lots of campaign cash for you next time you’re up for election, so you can go  against your district.”

Mr. Biden, vacationing in Aspen, called undecided Democrats to say, “He’s  watching us and if we had a chance to move these bills forward what an important  signal it would send to the rest of the country if a Western conservative state  passes such legislation,” said Democratic state Rep. Tony Exum Sr. of Colorado  Springs.

Obligingly, the Democrat-dominated Colorado House passed four measures on  Feb. 18. The bills limit magazines to 15 rounds, require background checks for  private transfer of firearms, impose a tax on gun buyers and repeal current law  allowing concealed carry on college campuses.

Earlier, the Colorado House defeated a bill allowing teachers to conceal  carry at schools. The Democrats insisted teachers would shoot their eye out.  Failing that, they’d accidentally shoot innocents or be taken down by students  wrestling their guns from them. Apparently, liberals think teachers (the  majority of whom happen to be women) are too incompetent or ditzy to trust with  firearms. The Columbine massacre was no learning experience for liberal  lawmakers.

The new law neutered the good intentions of the 300 teachers who had just  graduated from the free firearms class offered to them by Rocky Mountain Gun  Owners, Colorado’s largest grass-roots gun rights group. “Teachers have been  beating down our doors to receive firearms training,” said Director Dudley  Brown. “They don’t want their students to be victims  they want the next Adam  Lanza to face the barrel of a .45.”

State Rep. Joe Salazar, a Democrat, made international news during a recent  debate over the law banning concealed carry on Colorado college campuses. He  said women may “feel” they’re going to be raped when they are actually not in  danger, and they may “pop out that gun and pop a round at somebody.” Besides,  campuses have call boxes and whistles, he added.

The next day a clutch of women passed out whistles in the halls of the  statehouse and were promptly escorted out by cops (cops with guns). The law  denying women the right to defend themselves on campus passed the Colorado  House.

Clearly, Mr. Salazar and the other Democratic legislators don’t know the  statistics on campus rape. According to the Centers for Disease Control and  Prevention, 20 percent to 25 percent of women report rape or attempted rape  during college. New York University’s study reported that 1 in 5 women was raped  during their college years, yet only 5 percent of these crimes are reported to  police.

Meanwhile, we know that virtually all of the recent mass shootings, from  Columbine to Aurora to Sandy Hook to Virginia Tech, have taken place in a posted  gun-free zone.

When Democrats aren’t forbidding women to defend ourselves altogether,  they’re telling us what weapons we should buy and how many rounds they’ll allow  us. Mr. Biden told a woman on a Facebook chat to shelve her AR-15 and just shoot  a double-barreled shotgun off the porch to scare bad guys away, as he advises  his wife, Jill. “You don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself,” he assured Kate  Ernest.

A double-barreled shotgun holds only two shells, and that may not do the  trick. How lucky for Jill that she has Secret Service protection instead of her  husband’s advice to rely on. Oh, and porch-blasting is a felony in Delaware,  Joe.

Is any self-defense not outlawed? The woman-hating liberal academics at the  University of Colorado at Colorado Springs came out with 10 “rape prevention”  recommendations for women, which included vomiting, urinating and telling the  attacker she has a disease. These were posted mere hours before they vanished  from the Internet.

What Democrats don’t get is that it’s the threat of the gun that deters  would-be attackers. Hence the Aurora shooter bypassed theaters closer to where  he lived and chose a theater with a no-guns-allowed policy. Killers may be  crazy, but they aren’t stupid.

With this new legislation, Democrats are labeling school campuses “shooting  galleries.” They’re so concerned about women’s health they make a big deal of  free birth control, yet they don’t care if we’re alive to use it.

Joy Overbeck is a journalist and author who also writes at , and her quirky God website,  Her column first appeared here.

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