Video: Rachel Maddow show reports about newspaper's threat against gun-control backer

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Video below.
Update below: As we've reported, the debate over Colorado gun-control legislation has gotten ugly, with the most prominent example being executive Franklin Sain's arrest for racist and sexist e-mails sent to Rhonda Fields, a rep whose son was shot to death.

The negative PR garnered by Sain hasn't stopped the attacks on Fields -- see an example below. And on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show, Senate president John Morse said another legislator also received a threat -- from a local newspaper editor. Details and video below.

In a wide-ranging Friday-evening segment, aired before the state senate pushed ahead the majority of its gun-control package (only a repeal of concealed carry on college campuses and a liability measure for gun makers and dealers were withdrawn), Maddow argued that Colorado's actions represented a national bellwether on the issue.

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Nathan Dunlap.
She also dug deeper than the typical East Coast broadcaster translating Colorado news for a country-wide audience, noting, for instance, that the Aurora theater attack in July wasn't the first mass shooting in the city. She not only shared information about Nathan Dunlap's early 1990s rampage at a Chuck E. Cheese restaurant, but shared footage of the sole survivor still struggling with guilt over the incident decades later.

Still, the lion's share of the piece featured her interview with Morse, who expressed confidence that the majority of the Democrat-sponsored bills would move ahead in the process even as he acknowledged that thanks to attacks from gun-control opponents, "the pressure has been amazingly intense."

Maddow had previously referenced the Sain case, but Morse maintained that "there's actually a better example" of the weight lawmakers in favor of toughening gun laws have had to shoulder.

"There's one of my senators that lives in a town that still has a newspaper, a pretty good-sized newspaper that like 85 percent of the folks in her district read," Morse said. "And the general manager of that newspaper sent her an e-mail that said, 'I'm the general manager of this newspaper. I'm the one that controls the newsroom. I control which stories get done and how those stories get done. And I don't like these bills.' So he threatened her with how he's going to cover her, and then followed through, really. She was in the paper and on the front page for a week, practically a week straight, including with pictures that weren't very flattering, almost deliberately."

Who is the senator in question?

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quackhead
quackhead

Regulate coloradans like airplane passengers.  No guns, no sharp objects, no liquids unless they are purchased on site.  Save americans from themselves!

mraufklarung
mraufklarung

Giron was the vote (or non-vote) that killed HB 1226. Yes, it is nasty that a Pueblo newspaper went after her - a perfect example of dirty (non-democratic) politics. The bigger story, however, is that she caved. She calculated that staying in power was more important than doing the right thing. She knew the stats, the history, and the facts about concealed carry on campus and she put them aside (and gave us supporters the middle finger) to save her skin. Pathetic and hypocritical, since legislators are perfectly happy to ban weapons in their workplace.

Mark Ewell
Mark Ewell

@ Malcolm, sorry about misspelling your name. Sad that you think my race makes me dumb and scared.

Monkey
Monkey

"What a minor infraction more than two decades ago has to do with whether or not gun laws in Colorado need to be tightened  -- is unclear."

What is clear from her arrest is that laws don't prevent people from breaking laws, they only allow those who break the law to be punished after the fact.

"she was struggling to feed her children", so she broke the law. Is this not the same as people struggling with mental health issues breaking the law? She is a good example of people ignoring the law because of their personal problems, and any new law Rhonda supports will be just as easy to ignore as the shoplifting laws she ignored.

Evelyn Maria
Evelyn Maria

So proud of Colorado, keep up the good work it will pay off in the lives saved.

Malcolm Campbell
Malcolm Campbell

@Mark Ewell It's Malcolm notice the extra (L) White Guy, lol. See how dumb and scared you are. Bad observation on you.

Mark Ewell
Mark Ewell

@ Malcom, good observation, though I'm not sure what that has to do with it. Oh, and it's "you're".

Rich Madison
Rich Madison

I love how one nut job is making national news, but not one single person is talking about how some senators who support these oppressive gun control bills are threatening and extorting our Sheriffs because they're against them. Double standards...double standards everywhere.

JimTom
JimTom topcommenter

more American legislative MADNESS!!!!! I wonder who paid Rep. Fields to change the limit from 10 to 15? Why would she do that when that makes the magazines for almost all handguns legal? Don't handguns commit 99% of all gun violence? Why would you create legistration that doesn't address 99% of the problem? I bet she will never have to shoplift again.

Joe Ponce de Carrano
Joe Ponce de Carrano

Obama has the largest arms deal in history under his belt to Saudi Arabia. Not one background check. The American lust for violence is much bigger than Colorado. We kill people to globalize natural resources and yet no assault rifle for you. American Exceptionalism is out of control on both sides. If we are going to talk gun control, start with the government.

Mark Ewell
Mark Ewell

Love how Westword so easily dismisses Fields' criminal record, which is substantially longer than a single 1991 arrest for shoplifting. Add in the 1998 arrest for writing bad checks, to which she pleaded guilty, a larceny arrest, and various other infractions for which fines were paid (no jail time), and you'd be getting closer to the whole truth.

Sean Bracken
Sean Bracken

She should look at the Denver Post, CBS Denver, The Denver Channel and 9News Facebook pages. A lot of anger being spewed there too over this issue. These people even oppose background checks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Monkey Interesting viewpoint, Monkey. Thanks for weighing in.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@JimTom Many handguns have standard magazine capacity between 10- and 15-rounds. Some have more, actually. It should be "standard capacity from the manufacturer." That would be the correct solution, if the idea was to keep people from buying oversized magazines. No matter, though. None of these gun laws will do anything to stop any criminal, unless he's utterly stupid.

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