Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper signed landmark new gun laws on Wednesday expanding background checks on gun purchases and limiting the size of ammunition magazines, placing the traditionally firearm-friendly state among the handful to pass new restrictions in the wake of the shooting in Newtown, Conn. The Democratic governor defended the legislation in a press conference on Wednesday. Hickenlooper said he had found widespread support among state residents for broadening background checks, and dismissed the idea that politicians had been pressured from outside the state. “This didn’t come from the White House,” Hickenlooper said. – Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper signs landmark gun-control bills [NBC News]
THIS IS a day I’ll never forget.
I was living in New York City, living up on 95th Street just down from Central Park West.
The news came on…
The city stopped.
Then candles went up everywhere.
Losing John Lennon like that, it was just incomprehensible.
Flash to Newtown, with 20 first-graders and 6 adults being gunned down, with youth shot in inner cities every day. There’s Trayvon Martin, too.
It’s all so overwhelming, with nothing to be done unless we change ourselves. Even then, no one can change the N.R.A.
Colorado Democrats and Governor Hickenlooper aren’t waiting on anyone else.