Defeat of Campus Gun Ban

March 8, 2013

Tonight, House Bill 1226 died during its first floor debate in the Senate. The bill would have eliminated the right for Coloradans to carry a concealed firearm on a college or university campus.

"This was a victory for public safety and the rights of law abiding citizens," said Senate Minority Leader Bill Cadman, R-Colorado Springs. "Criminals do not respect gun free zones and this bill would have only worked against public safety."

House Minority Leader Mark Waller, R-Colorado Springs, echoed Cadman’s comments:

“In no way would this bill have enhanced public safety. The bipartisan opposition to this bill proves that some Democrats are finally realizing that limiting the rights of law abiding Coloradans only makes people easier targets for violent crime and sexual assault.”

The bill, sponsored by two Democrats from Boulder, State Rep. Claire Levy and Sen. Rollie Heath, sparked outrage throughout its journey in the state legislature.

In a floor debate on HB 1226 in the House, Democrat State Rep. Joe Salazar of Thornton claimed that there is no need for women to carry a firearm because even if they “feel” like they are going to be raped, they may not be and could mistakenly shoot someone.

“It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles,” said Salazar while the House debated the bill. His comments quickly came under fire for being insensitive and demeaning to women.

In the Senate, another Democrat lawmaker soon found herself under scrutiny for the demeaning and disrespectful response she gave to a rape survivor testifying against the campus gun ban. Amanda Collins told lawmakers on the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee that a gun would have helped her prevent her attack on a ‘gun free campus,’ but was told by Democrat Sen. Evie Hudak of Westminster that the “statistics are not on your side even if you had a gun.”

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