EDITOR: Editor Dave Perry’s Dec. 2 column, ”‘That’s the way it is in this town’ – A child’s guide to gun control in Aurora” is a very powerful editorial.
But in Colorado, we actually have passed a number of strong gun bills here in Colorado:
• Universal Background Checks, Large Capacity Magazine Ban,
• ERPO (red flag), Violent Misdemeanor Prohibition, Closed Charleston Loophole,
• Removed Preemptive statute, domestic violence relinquishment, safe storage, etc.
There are many more we could do that would address gun violence: Licensing, registration, minimum age for long guns, waiting periods, assault weapons ban, remove the gun industry immunity, etc. We have a list of about 20 changes we would like to see.
Although we at Colorado Ceasefire have been working on the legislative end of things for 21 years, there do need to be more avenues on reducing gun violence.
In Aurora, since Oct. 22, there have been more than 22 youth involved in shootings, either as shooters or victims. Three died.
A big question is: Where are the kids getting the guns? In Michigan it was from the home. What about the deceased 17-year-old who had the shootout with the former Greenwood Village cop?
He was too young to purchase either a long gun or handgun.
He was too young to possess a handgun. I heard the father interviewed on Channel 7. I wondered why the first question out of his mouth wasn’t, “Where did my kid get a gun?”
Also, it would help if we had more support from sheriffs on enforcing the laws, especially the large capacity magazine ban. They are still being sold at some gun stores, even though illegal.
— Eileen McCarron, Colorado Ceasefire Legislative Action, via letters@SentinelColorado.com