Despite day-long outcry, Colorado Democrats approve all seven gun control bills
by Eli Stokols
March 5, 2013
DENVER — Hundreds of Coloradans flooded the State Capitol on Monday to make their voices heard on seven Democratic gun proposals, mostly in opposition to the measures.
Those that didn’t formally testify before the two Senate committees hearing the bills made their opposition, felt with their sheer presence — and with the constant volume of their honking horns on the streets that encircle the Capitol, a steady din in the background of these proceedings that lasted from dawn until well past dark.
And those opponents, some of whom drove from as far as Lamar to be here Monday, got a bitter taste of the current political reality — that Democrats, by virtue of winning November’s elections, control each of those Senate committees and, for the most part, the fate of these seven bills.
Powerless to stop them, opponents could only tweet, honk and shake their heads as the bills, one by one, were approved by the committees on a 3-2 party-line vote.
Dudley Brown, the executive director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, made explicit the threat of political repercussions expressed by so many opponents to these measures, himself threatening to financially support whoever challenges one of the Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee who supports the package of bills.