Conservatives, gun owners and those opposed to an over-reaching government should not feel totally hopeless after hearing that Governor Hickenlooper is ignoring their concerns and signing the magazine ban tomorrow. In the gun control debate, there have been a number of key victories that are worth remembering.
This legislative battle may be over, but the war continues. Here’s 6 reasons for conservatives to cheer:
(1) Two of the bills, at a great embarrassment to their sponsors, died an unceremonious death, as leadership tried to resuscitate them. It isn’t often that a signature bill from the Senate President gets whacked without a vote in the case of the “assault” weapon manufacturer liability legislation. HB1226, the ban on concealed carry, died due to both the utter stupidity and insensitivity of two Democrat legislators and the courageous testimony of victims who didn’t want to be “disarmed” by the Legislature’s vote.
(2) The bills that did pass, passed narrowly when Democrats control everything. Remember, Democrats have a whopping 38-27 advantage in the House and a healthy 20-15 majority in the Senate. The fact that the gun bills had close votes at all is a testament to the opposition’s campaign.