TODAY IS THE DAY! FRIDAY, MARCH 8!

ALL HANDS ON DECK!

TODAY is a very important day in the State Senate for Gun Violence Legislation. There will be a scheduled second reading in which there will be unlimited debate, opening the possibility of a filibuster. Our Democratic State Senators — the ones we worked so hard to elect — are getting tremendous blowback from the small, but loud and heavily financed groups that do not represent the will of most reasonable Colorado citizens. Our Democratic State Senators are fighting for us everyday, so please consider doing one or all of the suggested action items below and SUPPORT THE WORK THEY DO!

ACTION ITEM #1: Please contact your Senators and others on the following bills:
HB13-1224 – Prohibiting Large-capacity Ammunition Magazines
HB13-1226 – No Concealed Carry at Colleges
HB13-1228 – Payment for Background Checks for Gun Transfers
HB13-1229 – Background Checks for Gun Transfers
SB13-195 – No Online Training for Concealed Handgun Permits
SB13-196 – Assault Weapon Responsibility Act
SB13-197 – No Firearms for Domestic Violence Offenders
(Please see below email addresses for suggested language)

ACTION ITEM #2: Go to the State Capitol and WEAR PINK in solidarity with women victims of domestic violence who will gain protection from the passage of Senate Bill 197 (which will be voted on first) and to stand with progressive women lawmakers who have borne the brunt of the right wing’s senseless attacks and threats during this debate.

Look for other supporters and organizers for partner groups in the Senate Gallery! Remember to be respectful of the process and everyone present for this debate: the last thing we want is for any progressives to behave as disrespectfully as the gun lobby has. And it’s vital we show our progressive legislators working to pass these bills that they have support.

ACTION ITEM #3: Get your TWITTER on! We need to get as many women (and male supporters of women) to tweet what they want, using the #WhatWomenWant (your message here)#coleg hashtags. In recent days at our Capitol, women have been told (by mostly men) that they need to carry a gun or they’ll be victims of rape. They’ve been told their domestic abusers deserve to have their guns given back to them. They’ve watched as the women who put forth these common sense gun safety bills to protect Colorado families for gun violence have been threatened with rape and death. And the reality is, the volume online doesn’t reflect reality, where the vast majority of Coloradans support the common sense gun safety laws being proposed.
Here’s a sample tweet: #WhatWomenWant is for my child to grow up in a world where the best argument wins, not the biggest gun.#coleg

Democrats
irene.aguilar.senate@state.co.us
morgan.carroll.senate@state.co.us
angela.giron.senate@state.co.us
lucia.guzman.senate@state.co.us
rollie.heath.senate@state.co.us
mary.hodge.senate@state.co.us
senatorhudak@gmail.com
cheri.jahn.senate@state.co.us
mike.johnston.senate@state.co.us
john.kefalas.senate@state.co.us
andy.kerr.senate@state.co.us
john.morse.senate@state.co.us
linda.newell.senate@gmail.com
jeanne.nicholson.senate@state.co.us
lotochtrop@aol.com
pat.steadman.senate@state.co.us
nancy.todd.senate@state.co.us
jessie.ulibarri.senate@state.co.us
matt.jones.senate@state.co.us

Republicans
greg@gregbrophy.net
david.balmer.senate@state.co.us
randy.baumgardner.senate@state.co.us
bill.cadman.senate@state.co.us
larry.crowder.senate@state.co.us
kevin.grantham.senate@state.co.us
ted.harvey.senate@state.co.us
owen.hill.senate@state.co.us
steve.king.senate@state.co.us
senatorlambert@comcast.net
kevin@kevinlundberg.com
vicki.marble.senate@state.co.us
senatorrenfroe@gmail.com
ellen.roberts.senate@state.co.us
mark.scheffel.senate@state.co.us
gail.schwartz.senate@gmail.com

Suggested text for emails:
Dear Senator,
I am writing to tell you that I support all of the legislation listed below for the reasons given and hope that you will vote to support these bills also.
HB13-1224 – Prohibiting Large-capacity Ammunition Magazines
The size of an ammunition magazine when it is put to reasonable use is inversely related to the skills of the user.
HB13-1226 – No Concealed Carry at Colleges
The safety of faculty and staff as well as the effectiveness of the learning environment is threatened by concealed deadly weapons on campus. CU takes measures to insure the safety of students by providing nightride services. Other, much less dangerous options to carrying a concealed deadly weapon are available.
HB13-1228 – Payment for Background Checks for Gun Transfers
I am happy to see this fee reinstated. I resent having my tax dollars being used for this purpose.
HB13-1229 – Background Checks for Gun Transfers
I favor this bill and hope that it will become even stronger and more effective. If criminality is a motivation for that part of the public that wants to arm itself then a measure such as this which has great promise to diminish the threat of armed crimes should be welcome.
SB13-195 – No Online Training for Concealed Handgun Permits
The possesion and handling of a deadly weapon should require more than simple online training. A person who is going to carry that kind of deadly power with them should be able to prove to a trained professional that they are capable of making effective decisions in the high-stress situations for which they are preparing themselves.
SB13-196 – Assault Weapon Responsibility Act
While I support this bill, I believe that liability should be placed on the gunowner and be risk-based, much the way that car or home insurance is sold now. Making it risk-based is a good way to differentiate urban/rural ownership and use issues and assign a higher risk to those who maintain a larger cache of weaponry such as hoarders/survivalists as compared to collectors.
SB13-197 – No Firearms for Domestic Violence Offenders
Without question, those who have exhibited violent tendencies to those close to them are very likely to repeat that behavior. They should not have easy access to deadly weapons.

Thank you for your representation and your service.

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