Colorado House Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst has said that her constituents might as well just get rid of their guns because they don’t need them. Why? According to her, the Colorado state legislature is there to protect you.
“As a woman, I have the right not to carry a gun and to feel safe on the streets, and that’s what we provide for in the state legislature is for all of us in the state of Colorado — to feel safe on the streets without having to carry a gun,” said Mrs. Hullinghorst on “The Tim Caffrey Show.”
She then took a jab at gun owners and supporters of the Second Amendment.
“The thought, that the only way we can protect ourselves is to wield our own weapon, is completely absurd, and an argument that I absolutely discount as frivolous,” Mrs. Hullinghorst said.
I discount Mrs. Hullinghorst’s comments as stupid. I would like for her to explain just how the state legislature makes the streets safe. Furthermore, where in either the US Constitution or the Colorado Constitution is this “right not to carry a gun and feel safe on the streets?” Perhaps in a socialist’s utopian dream that might exist, but it doesn’t exist in the real world. I looked in the both Constitutions and failed to see where that right exists, but perhaps Mrs. Hullinghorst could enlighten us as to the particular article it is found under. I doubt she can though since what she actually did was make that “right” up on the spot.
While there is no doubt that one can protect themselves in a variety of ways, both the US Constitution and the Colorado Constitution indicate that the state legislature does not possess the authority to remove the rights of its citizens to defend themselves with firearms.
The Washington Times reports:
State Sen. Greg Brophy, a candidate for the 2014 GOP gubernatorial nomination, said Mrs. Hullinghorst’s stance “speaks volumes about the Democratic agenda on guns.”
“Unbelievably naive from a citizen. Absolutely dangerous from an elected official and leader of the Democratic Party in Colorado,” Mr. Brophy told Colorado Peak Politics.
This wasn’t the first time state Democrats have tangled with gun owners over the self-defense issue. Democratic state Sen. Evie Hudak touched off an outcry in March when she told a rape victim that it was unrealistic to expect that she would have been able to fend off her attacker with a gun, saying, “Statistics are not on your side.”
“Chances are that if you had had a gun, then he would have been able to get that from you and possibly use it against you,” Mrs. Hudak said at a committee hearing.
While the Colorado Constitution states quite clearly “The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall be called in question,” it also goes on to state, “but nothing herein contained shall be construed to justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons.” Therefore, I don’t see a problem with people carrying open in Colorado. That would seem explicit.
The new laws sparked a wave of backlash, including recall efforts against Democrat anti-gun lawmakers Senator Angela Giron and Senator John Morse. Dozens of Colorado sheriffs filed a federal lawsuit over the new gun laws. Several Coloradans have even voted to secede as the 51st state in the Union due to the new gun laws.
It seems the Colorado legislature is way out of touch with the general population of Colorado, but they have awakened a sleeping giant. Recently Colorado’s citizens began signing a petition to nullify all federal gun laws, which would appear on next year’s ballot if they get the necessary 100,000 signatures by December 9, 2012.
I’d say that the citizens of Colorado know how best to defend and protect themselves and that they need neither the state legislature nor Mrs. Hullinghorst to tell them how to do that. They need them to simply get out of the way and let them live and defense their lives as they see fit.
As for Mrs. Hullinghorst and the rest of the anti-gun legislature in Colorado, well, you can’t fix stupid.
Tim Brown is the Editor of Freedom Outpost and a regular contributor to The D.C. Clothesline.