Fox News reports that
Limits on the size of ammunition magazines and universal background checks passed the Colorado House on Monday, during a second day of emotional debates that has drawn attention from the White House as lawmakers try to address recent mass shootings.
The bills were among four that the Democratic-controlled House passed amid strong resistance from Republicans, who were joined by a few Democrats to make some of the votes close.
The proposed ammunition restrictions limit magazines to 15 rounds for firearms, and eight for shotguns. Three Democrats joined all Republicans voting no on the bill, but the proposal passed 34-31.
“Enough is enough. I’m sick and tired of bloodshed,” said Democratic Rep. Rhonda Fields, a sponsor of the bill and representative of the district where the shootings at an Aurora theater happened last summer. Fields’ son was also fatally shot in 2005.
Republicans argued that the proposals restrict Second Amendment rights and won’t prevent mass shootings like the ones in Aurora and a Connecticut elementary school.
“This bill will never keep evil people from doing evil things,” said Republican Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg.
The House also approved a bill requiring background checks on all gun purchases, including those between private sellers and firearms bought online.
Other proposals would ban concealed firearms at colleges and stadiums, and another requires that gun purchasers pay for their own background checks. Democrats eked out the closest vote on the background check measure, which passed on a 33-32 vote.
Democratic Rep. Ed Vigil, who represents rural southern Colorado, voted against the four bills, saying his decision was rooted in the state’s rugged history.
“This is part of our heritage. This is part of what it took to settle this land. I cannot turn my back on that,” he said.
But even though a few Democrats joined Republicans in voting no for the bills, the Democrats’ 37-28 advantage in the House gave them enough leeway.
The Senate still needs to consider the proposals. Democrats will need to be more unified in their support there because their advantage is only 20-15. That means Republicans need only three Democrats to join them to defeat the bills.
House lawmakers began debating the bills Friday.
This took place one day after a Democratic State Representative put his foot in it…Big Time:
TheBlaze.com tells us that
While trying to explain why women in college don’t need firearms for self-defense on campus, Colorado state Rep. Joe Salazar said even if women feel like they might be raped, their suspected attacker might not actually have intent to rape. So please, put the guns away ladies.
“It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at,” he said during a legislative hearing. “And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble and when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop — pop a round at somebody.”
Yesterday, after a blowback that made Hurricane Katrina seem like a battery-operated personal fan, the idiot apologized.
However, on the subject of Rep. Salazar’s ignorant comment, yesterday, on Twitter, I had a fascinating conversation with a quite Liberal young lady.
I had posted the following Tweet under the hashtag:
Move on down to Dixie, where everyone, Southern Belles or Southern Gentlemen, open or concealed carries.
The young lady replied to my Tweet:
therefore, according to your “logic”, there are no rapes down in ‘ole Dixie?
I, then replied:
I did not say that. However, statistics do prove that a well-placed bullet does prevent an attempted rape 10 out of 10 times.
Here is the rest of the discussion:
Her: If you want to use a statistic then give me a site to back it up.Me: Ummm…how would a perpetrator rape someone if he was incompacitated? Duuuh. Courtesy of the Kingsjester Institute of the Obvious.
Her: Suppose the rapist doesn’t want to wait ’til you draw your gun, aim and shoot?Or he comes from behind w/a knife to your neck?
Me: Shoot him in the foot.
Her: ok, but I think you’d have to walk around with your hand on your gun for that to work. Rapists are the worst kind of predators.Me: You can shoot through a purse or a holster. So, are you saying that you want to comply with what the Dem in CO wants you to do?
Her: I was trying to point out that a gun won’t stop a rapist unless you walk around w/your hand on the trigger at all times.Me: You have no reflexes? Are you unaware of your surroundings? Are you a victim?Are you a fatalist? Would you not fight back?
Where you have the most armed citizens in America, you have the lowest violent crime rate. Where you have the worst gun control, you have the highest crime rate. – Ted Nugent