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Gun bill to require background checks: "Enough is enough," says Rhonda Fields

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Rhonda Fields.
With President Obama unveiling sweeping gun control proposals and New York swiftly passing the nation's toughest gun laws, it's time for Colorado to push forward with its own legislation to curb violence. At least that's the thinking of Representative Rhonda Fields, who next week will introduce a bill that requiring background checks for all private gun sales. And she says she is more optimistic than ever that it could pass.

"People are sick and tired of the bloodshed," says Fields, a Democrat who represents Aurora. "I really praise the president for taking a stand on gun violence.... It's a huge validation and it causes me to be very optimistic. I might have a good chance of passing legislation."

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Rep. Rhonda Fields, right, at a recent press conference about the Aurora theater shooting.
Fields is one of several local lawmakers in Colorado who are backing gun-related legislation in the wake of the elementary school shooting in Connecticut last month that left twenty children and six adults dead. But even before that tragedy, Colorado was poised to have a contentious gun debate this legislative session, in part because Governor John Hickenlooper signaled that the time was right for such a debate nearly six months after July's Aurora theater shooting.

Since the legislative session began last week, there have already been several new developments on this subject. Hickenlooper, in his State of the State address, supported universal background checks -- and at the same time, Republican lawmakers are promoting a controversial bill allowing permitted employees to bring guns into schools.

Fields has been planning to introduce some sort of gun control legislation since the Aurora theater shooting. The topic is personal for her: She lost her son to gun violence in 2005.

"Because I'm a crime victim, I'm constantly reminded of my past and my own experience," she says. "And as a crime victim, it's very reassuring to hear the President of the United States say that he wants to do something to address gun violence. It felt reassuring."

Fields is drafting a bill that would make it mandatory for individuals buying guns to go through background checks. Currently, she explains, Colorado law doesn't require that buyers pass these checks if the sale is done privately.

If her bill passed, it would mean that individuals couldn't simply buy guns online through Craigslist or other websites, thereby avoiding background checks.

"Everyone who wants to have a gun is eligible for it," she says of her proposal. "They are not a felon. They are not someone who is a violent domestic abuser...or someone who is dangerous."

Continue for more of our interview with Representative Rhonda Fields.



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Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

They already passed the so-called "gun show loophole." There's always some little semblance of unregulated life they have to regulate. Why not just put everyone in a padded cell so they cannot hurt themselves or others?

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You can't buy a gun on Craigslist.

Gunbroker, Armslist, and a myriad of others, but they ship to an FFL to do the transfer and background check.


What makes this lady think that someone that is willing to shoot up a party, killing 3, and go track down 2 witnesses will give a damn about any law?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Mandatory Registration for ALL Guns!

Mandatory Licensing for ALL Gun Owners!

Mandatory Liability Insurance for all Guns and Owners !!


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@admin168 ... so YOU don't give a damn about any law? ... and would sell guns to someone willing to shoot up a party, killing 3, and go track down 2 witnesses ?

Monkey
Monkey

@DonkeyHotay  You mean like cars? You know you don't need any of that for a car, you only need that stuff if you operate a car on public roads. Are you saying you want to register, license and insure people to operate guns on public roads? Kind of like a license to shoot other drivers? Didn't James Bond have one of those?

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@DonkeyHotay

Huh?   The backstory:   Her son was at a party where someone shot the place up, killing 3.  Her son was to be a witness and he was hunted down and killed.

That is why she is on this rampage.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @Cognitive_Dissident "Libertoonians" built this nation. Authoritarians tore it down.

 As for anarchy, people generally use that term to refer to confusion and chaos, such as the government has caused, and generally refer to leftist bomb-throwers as anarchists. I'm not leftist, or a bomb-thrower.

To the contrary, I'm for a society in which all human interaction is peaceful and voluntary. What's wrong with that?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... exactly why libertoonians -- principled or not -- and anarchists like you never manage to garner more than 3% of the electorate.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident "Why do you hate freedom? "

The "freedom" to sell your guns to "someone willing to shoot up a party, killing 3, and go track down 2 witnesses" ?

"Principled" Libertoonian indeed!

LOL!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Why do you hate freedom? Not asking permission from the government to exercise a right is not the same thing as knowingly selling a weapon to a convicted violent criminal. Gun confiscation is a real issue. If you provide too much information to a government, it's likely to abuse that--as they've proved over and over again.

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@DonkeyHotay @admin168 

As in to a friend/family member?  or some thug on the street out of the trunk of my car?   Not sure what you are trying to insinuate.

What Feinstein will be proposing Jan 22nd , I will not even be able to transfer them to my kids upon my death.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@admin168 ... so would YOU follow the new guns laws or would you illegally sell guns under the table to anyone who had $$ ?


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@DonkeyHotay 


You are missing the point.  No where did I mention interstate highways.  I am free to travel between states without showing ID.   Maybe not in your big scary world, but travel is still a right.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@admin168 ... his Religion permitted sleeping with, and marrying multiple young girls. 

... so much for your "freedom" to practice religion, eh?



Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay Freedom is not an "illusion." It is the default state of humankind. It takes effort to oppress, and the fact that there are thugs who do oppress it does not make it correct.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@admin168 "Still works in Utah."

... that's what Warren Jeffs thought ...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@admin168 @Cognitive_Dissident @Monkey @DonkeyHotay 

Pedestrians and Bicycles aren't even allowed on most interstate highways ... including the shoulder or right of way.

Your "freedom" is an illusion.

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@Cognitive_Dissident @admin168 @Monkey @DonkeyHotay 


Correct, the right to travel is not infringed.   I can pass between states while not having to show ID, unless I am traveling by motorized vehicle on public roads.

Wait until they start the 'Stop and Frisk' campaign...   I bet some will be cheering for that as well.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@admin168 @Monkey @DonkeyHotay Travel is not a privilege. The so-called privilege is to use government roads, which they've made it impossible to travel without traversing. The problem with the state: it exists.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@admin168 "I don't need a permit to practice religion."

Try Polygamy and get back to us, numbnuts.

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