We had to know this was coming sooner or later. A government that believes itself to be powerful enough to restrict the right of citizens to self-defense with firearms will sooner or later seek to torpedo free speech as well.
Invariably collectivist governments around the world prove the point. From the old Communist Soviet Union to Red China, from Hitler’s Germany to Castro’s Cuba, such regimes are convinced it is necessary not only to insure that their citizens are disarmed but that their right to criticize the government or to utter other forbidden ideas must be severely restricted.
The name of the game is centralized control. Government fears the freedom of the people. Thus, the people must be muzzled and deprived of their guns.
Colorado is the latest case in point.
Just weeks ago the Colorado legislature and governor, both of which are under the control of Democrats, passed highly restrictive gun control measures over the objections of millions of citizens, leading a major gun magazine manufacturer to promptly leave the state, taking its jobs with it. Sportsmen and hunters have vowed to boycott the state. Hunting and fishing are a multimillion dollar industry in Colorado, and the state government benefits handsomely from the activity.
But perhaps the thing that sticks in the craw of Colorado politicians the most is the vociferous verbal attacks they are receiving from citizens who astutely observe that the state has crossed a line that is totally unacceptable to freedom-loving citizens. Threats of recall elections have been rampant, and forces are now amassing to oust all Democrats from the legislature in the next election for their shocking overreach in trampling on the rights of citizens.
However, it is to be noted that the main instigator of the current attack on free speech is a Republican.
In addition, Colorado has become a target for nationwide civil disobedience as gun owners vow they will deliberately break the state’s new gun laws.
But instead of such outrage leading the politicians to back off their ill-conceived attacks on citizen rights, the pompous purveyors of prepotent despotism decided instead to muzzle the citizens, preventing them from advocating for Second Amendment rights.
One writer called the action “an unprecedented abuse of power.”
When the gun control bills were being considered in the Colorado legislature, Rep. Cheri Gerou, a Republican, burst forth in a tirade over her constituents’ views on guns. One of her targets was a representative of the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners Association, Joe Neville, who eloquently defended the legislator’s gun rights constituents. In retaliation Gerou filed a complaint against Neville and launched an investigation by an “anti-gun tribunal” into the gun owner group and Neville.
The full story of the confrontation instigated by Gerou can be found here.
This kind of behavior on the part of elected representatives who are supposed to represent all of their constituents cannot be tolerated. If her actions are sanctioned or overlooked, and if she is successful in silencing Neville and the gun owners group, then the forces of anti-freedom will win yet another battle.
- Colorado gun lobbyist upset over ethics charge, walks out of hearing (denverpost.com)
- In email to members, RMGO’s Dudley Brown blasts GOP lawmaker for filing ethics complaint, seeks donations (kdvr.com)
- Colorado gun lobbyist says he did nothing to warrant an ethics charge (denverpost.com)
- Recalls underway for Colorado Democrats: 1st Amendment is not absolute (communities.washingtontimes.com)
- Two more Colorado lawmakers face recalls over gun-control votes (blogs.denverpost.com)
- Colorado to pay piper after Dems’ war on guns (wnd.com)