Gun sales in Colorado have spiked in the wake of the horrific murder spree in a Aurora cinema. By 43% in some estimates. This is like pouring gasoline on a raging inferno. What Reagan said about government is deadly accurate about guns. Guns aren’t the solution. They’re the problem.
James Holmes was able to haul an arsenal of deadly weapons in his car—in open sight—without violating Colorado law. No permit was necessary. He didn’t have to register his guns. Since the Republicans let the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (the Brady Law) expire in 2004 and have handcuffed any attempt to renew it, there are no federal restrictions on AR-15’s and similar semi-automatic weapons.
Since 2003, Colorado has had a statute that makes it unlawful for a local government or law enforcement entity to “enact an ordinance, regulation, or other law that prohibits the sale, purchase, or possession of a firearm that a person may legally sell, purchase, or possess under state or federal law.” No wonder Holmes was armed to the teeth.
To add to the lunacy, Colorado law does not proscribe anyone from bringing in guns from other states.
If there were a recipe for creating a mass murder scenario , incontrovertibly, this would be it.
Colorado, isn’t it time to wake up and join the civilized world?