Michael Bloomberg is a billionaire; he is the mayor of New York City, he is the co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, he is the patron saint of the nanny state and he might just be the worst threat to the Second Amendment in the United States.
He can drape himself in all of the American flags in the world and it won’t change the fact that this “no big gulps allowed,” social liberal is fundamentally against one of the most important founding concepts of our nation. If you think we are just being paranoid, read on…
The six anti gun bills passed in Colorado have come right out of the Mayors Against Illegal Guns (and the Brady Center) playbook. Don’t underestimate the psychological impact of passing anti-gun legislation in a western state where guns and gun culture are prevalent. But why Colorado?
State Legislatures Republican vs. Democrat
First we need to examine the makeup of the western state legislatures:
- California already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.
- New Mexico and Nevada have Republican governors.
- In Oregon, the state senate has 16 democrats and 14 republicans – only one democrat to switch would derail any legislation.
- In Washington state the House just failed to pass an anti-gun bill that in its original writing had a provision that would have allowed sheriffs to enter and inspect the homes of owners of “assault weapons” on an annual basis.
Washington SB 5737
This last point is so unbelievable we have to expand upon it, the law SB 5737 stated, “In order to continue to possess and assault weapon that was legally possessed on the effective date of this section, the person possessing the assault weapon shall do all of the following:
(a) Safely and securely store the assault weapon. The sheriff of the county may, no more than once per year, conduct an inspection to ensure compliance with this subsection;” If you failed to allow the sheriff to enter your home on a warrantless search, you could get up to a year in jail.
The bill’s co-sponsor Sen. Adam Kline, D-Seattle, said he did not know the bill authorized police searches because he had not read it closely. Could this language have been provided by the New York lawyers from Mayors for Illegal Guns and accidentally left in the bill? (For the record, they blamed the language on an “unnamed staffer.”) You can read more about this issue here and see the original text of Senate Bill 5737 here.
As of this writing the Colorado Legislature breaks down as follows:
House of Representatives: D: 36 R: 29
Senate: D: 19 R: 16
Governor: John Hickenlooper (D)
This democratic majority control made Colorado a perfect place to pass anti-gun legislation.
Furthermore, the Senate Majority Leader is John Morse. His anti-gun positions are well documented and incredibly, he is from our own District 11 in Colorado Springs. As he is in his second term and will be ineligible to run again in 2014, we would like to begin a conversation around a simple concept: Take Back District 11.
As we have said many times at Whistling Pines Gun Club, we are non-partisan with one exception – The Second Amendment! We have members who are conservative and liberal, republican and democrat and regardless of political affiliation we support the right to bear arms! When the race for District 11 begins, you better believe we will be asking the question: Do you support the 2nd Amendment?