Gun owners in peril

Gun owners in peril

The 2008 elections are behind us and gun owners find themselves in greater danger than ever before.

With no major party, pro-gun candidate on the ticket, gun owners were faced with supporting underfunded, third party candidates, or marking their ballots for a candidate that had announced an opposition to gun rights.

So now it is clear, we face the most anti-gun president in American history. With the gains made by anti-gunners in Congress and the Colorado legislature, there is no question that gun owners are facing battles unlike any we have seen before.

The freedom haters toned down their rhetoric for the campaign after learning that gun owners were a potent force and "gun control" lost elections, but there can be no doubt that their goals are unchanged.

While the recent Supreme Court decision has slowed their efforts to ban everything, the court left enough room for almost any restriction to be created and upheld.

So, now our job is clear.  We simply must be prepared for anything, both in Denver and Washington D.C.

The Brady Campaign is already crowing that "The election of Barack Obama as President and Joe Biden as Vice President was a decisive victory for common sense gun laws."

We know what that means.  Bans on modern firearms, government permission slips to own handguns, new restrictions on where you can be in possession of self defense tools and a continuing explosion of delays and denials for firearm purchases.

We have to be prepared to fight. Every day, all the time.

We have been fighting anti-gun legislation in Colorado for over 14 years, even after the anti-gun militants took over. We can keep fighting back the anti-gunners if we stay active and informed. Please be sure to share our e-mails with your freedom loving friends. And please encourage them to join us.

As we head into a new legislative session it is essential that we have the resources to continue to be the only no-compromise voice for gun owners in Colorado. That means, of course, that we will need your help.

If you are already a supporter of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, thank you. If you are not yet, please keep in mind that we are far stronger with you on our side than if you are on the sidelines.

You can contribute to RMGO here: https://rmgo.ejoinme.org/MyPages/RMGODonationPage/tabid/16761/Default.aspx and you can rest assured there has never been a time when we needed your help more than now.

We are heading into a legislative session where virtually all our rights are at risk. We need your support more than ever. The coming battles will be unlike any we have seen before. Please consider anything you can do to promote the cause of freedom.

Look down the ballot

Look down the ballot....

With all of the attention on the Presidential race -- a race in which, in my opinion, gun owners have no good, viable option -- a voter might forget about the rest of the elections he will be voting upon.

And while I'm interested in what's happening in the Presidential race, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is focusing on Colorado races.

In other words, look down the ballot a bit...

All of Colorado will be voting on the open U.S. Senate seat, and if our group had a federal PAC, we'd be openly supporting Bob Schaffer against Boulder liberal Mark Udall. Though I wouldn't classify Bob Schaffer a hero, he voted pro-gun when in Congress, even better than the U.S. Senator he's trying to replace.

If you live in Northern or Eastern Colorado, Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave can easily be labeled a hero. While in the Colorado legislature her stances and actions for gun owners are legendary, standing up against any compromise of our Second Amendment rights. And in Congress, as Chairwoman of the House Second Amendment Caucus, she has worked tirelessly to regain the rights we've lost.

If you live in Senate District 19 (Arvada/Westminster), you'd have the chance to vote for Libby Szabo, a firebrand of a gal RMGO PAC endorsed early on. She's facing hard-left liberal Evie Hudak, and it looks like Szabo may win despite the terrible environment for Republicans.

Senate District 25 in the Brighton area pits Republican Robert John Hadfield against State Rep. Mary Hodge. Hodge voted against concealed carry (as well as every good amendment to the legislation), against Make My Day Better, in favor of putting concealed weapons permit holders in the criminal database.

Senate District 16 pits proven pro-gunner Don Ytterberg against Democrat State Sen. Dan Gibbs. Gibbs unapologetically supported the extension of the entry of ccw permit holders into the CCIC database, something reprehensible to every gun owner.

Even if you are not motivated by the presidential race, there are other reasons to vote.

Sincerely,

Dudley Brown
Executive Director, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners

Heller decision: 1 step forward, 2 steps back

Heller decision reaffirms most gun controls

After an initial assessment of the Supreme Court's Heller decision, this decision may go down as the court ruling that stops gun bans but protects gun control.

Click here to read the actual decision.

Though we'll have a more comprehensive analysis of the case later, there is some good -- and a lot bad -- in the SCOTUS decision:

  • It reaffirms the Second Amendment as an individual rights, and is unconnected with service in a militia
  • It overturns trigger lock requirement laws as unconstitutional

However, it essentially reaffirms the ability of government to license, register and regulate all types of firearms.

In short, it gives a green light to all forms of gun control except the banning of entire classes of arms.

Again, we'll have a full analysis shortly.

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