Boycott Colorado: Hunters take aim at Colorado tourism over gun-control bills

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Colorado Parks & Wildlife
Not illegal in Colorado.
The rumblings of a boycott started even before Governor John Hickenlooper signed three gun-control measures ten days ago, and they're only going to get louder with President Barack Obama coming to Colorado on Wednesday to tout this state's new laws as an example for the rest of the country. "I'm boycotting Colorado, and I recommend everybody should, due to Colorado taking away Civil Rights (2nd Amendment)." That's the comment Rich Tomlinson left last night on the Visit Colorado Facebook page; a Boycott Colorado Facebook page has also sprung up.

The Visit Colorado site, which is maintained by the Colorado Tourism Office, usually has people posting beautiful photographs taken during their visits to this state, but now it also has photos like this....

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Brian posted this on the Visit Colorado Facebook page.
...and comments this this one from Brian Hession:
I for one am ecstatic about Obama's visit to Colorado on Wednesday. He will be here to give his support to Denver Governor Hickenlooper and the State House for stripping us of our rights and how to take even more. I personally am getting tired of hearing from small business owners who don't like my stance on and support of a Boycott of Colorado.

You know it is beginning to become a very big problem for the Governor when the two largest newspapers in two of the states that have the most restrictive gun policies are reporting about a Boycott of Colorado over gun rights: The LA Times and The Boston Globe. This visit should help calm the fears of the small business owners worried about a Boycott and what effects it will have on Colorado's economy. He will reassure the folks at the State House that all is well and continue to ignore the populace and continue the push for Gun Control. Small business owners should not be angry at me for my stance after all in a Communist/ Socialist Society there are no small business owners except for those found on the black market.

Media outlets across the country ran an Associated Press report on a potential boycott of Colorado late last week, but so far, the Colorado Tourism Office lacks any hard evidence of any effect. "We haven't heard of any cancellations," says CTO spokeswoman Carly Holbrook, adding that there has been a "mixed bag" of both negative and positive comments posted on the state's social media -- not unlike the comments that followed the passage of Amendment 64.

Randy Hampton, spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife, says CPW is "getting the first of the fallout," with plenty of comments coming to both the agency and Colorado outfitters. So far, though, he hasn't seen specific evidence of cancellations, either -- but then, the deadline to apply for hunting licenses is midnight tomorrow.

"A few weeks from now, we'll be able to say if our applications are down," he explains. But even then, since there are a limited number of licenses available for some spots and plenty of competition, the impact could be minimal, since all the available licenses might still be snapped up: "The real impact won't be known by our agency until October, November, when these hunting seasons gear up, and hunter buy over-the-counter tags."

Ironically, Hampton notes, "the gun bills will make no change in our hunting regulations." But that doesn't stop the comments from people who are serious about this issue, or staunch about the fishing and hunting industry's concerns. "The reality of this," Hampton notes, "is it's a legislative decision...yet the impact will clearly be on the rural communities."

Hunting is "absolutely important to what we do for wildlife management," he continues. "Non-residents hunters provide 60 to 70 percent of our income; we don't get general fund revenue....There's a potential for a big impact -- we hope it won't come to that."

Continue for the Colorado Tourism Office's official response about boycott calls.


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Qué Kcuts
Qué Kcuts

Fine, whaaa whaaa whaaa, get the hell out of colorado! There's still (as mentioned above) TEXAS, theres OKLAHOMA, there's KANSAS, there's WHY-oming, THERE ARE PLENTY OF RED STATES TO MOVE AND SHOOT YOUR FUCKING TOES OFF IN! WE ARE NOT BUTT HURT IF YOU FIND A MORE "SUITABLE" PLACE TO SHOOT UR PEA SHOOTERS IN... MATTER OF FACT WE'RE FUCKING SURROUNDED BY THEM, SO EITHER START YOUR ARMED INSURRECTION OF CO OR SILENCE YOUR WHINING AND GO TO ANY OF THE OTHER SURROUNDING COUSIN HUMPER FRIENDLY STATES.... quickly =)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Arm the Bears ... disarm the hunters ... charge admission.


Dan Brown
Dan Brown

I only use free range guns, that have been fed with non-GMO natural feed. {Sorry, couldn't help myself.]

Dan Brown
Dan Brown

Robert - there are already limits and restrictions on our First Amendment rights. There are restrictions on all our rights, because our rights end when they infringe on others rights. There is NOTHING unconstitutional about placing small commonsense restrictions on the Second Amendment.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith

SERIOUSLY? You're in high school. I graduated from high school in 1970. I've owned a number of firearms over the years, and I've never seen one walking around freely, and never seen one kill anybody without there being either a criminal behind the trigger, or a deserving criminal in front of the muzzle. So tell me, with all your vast years of experience, where does one buy a gun that can walk around all by itself? I could use a new pet.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith

With the new marijuana tourism ramping up, its probably better to have fewer guns in Colorado anyway. Drugs and guns is a non-starter.

John E Webb
John E Webb

I just don't trust the government - what was "fast & furious" about? - the Oklahoma City bombing? - and now I've gotten different reports about what guns were used at Sandy Hook?

Joe Felice
Joe Felice

Agreed, everyone should read the ENTIRE amendment!

Timothy Black
Timothy Black

It isn't an oxymoron, do your research. But of course, that's coming from a Paultard.

Widespread Panic fans for Ron Paul 2012
Widespread Panic fans for Ron Paul 2012

Sorry second amendment is not about hunting . any infringement on it is wrong. for those who say you can't fight a tyranical government with rifles look what the Vietnamese did to us when we invaded.

Qué Kcuts
Qué Kcuts

yeah, lol, we'll take our chances

Stephan Reuchlein
Stephan Reuchlein

TB, ypu can stay a cornholer..., i mean husker....not really.

Richard Whatley
Richard Whatley

@kirk moonyham- Yep plenty of dead end jobs in Texas. OF course plenty of poor and uninsured and single mothers as well. I guess it depends on one's priorities.

Richard Whatley
Richard Whatley

Hmm what does this really say about the people supporting this? That their hobby should be more important then reducing gun deaths? How self absorbed is that? Yeah I know, they will say it's about freedom. But why should thier freedom (which looks more like convenience since I'm pretty sure one can still get fire arms in colorado) mean we have to accept a certain number of dead and maimed? That seems like a false choice.

Stephan Reuchlein
Stephan Reuchlein

RG, you are so wrong. But I will not correct you as to what gun owners know because it is so obvious you do not take your own safety seriously. Suffice it to say, an unloaded gun that is hard to get to does no good. Anyone coming into my house with evil intent will learn a hard lesson fast.

Beth Harris
Beth Harris

Kirk, that attitude is exactly why Texas sucks. :)

Timothy Black
Timothy Black

Not trolling. And yes, libertarian socialism. Not knowing that economic theory reveals far more about you than I.

Kirk Mooneyham
Kirk Mooneyham

@Beth Harris: Good, stay the hell out...the economy of Texas is growing, the less leaches coming here, the better.

Kirk Mooneyham
Kirk Mooneyham

Timothy Black is trolling. "Libertarian socialist"? Gimme a break.

Kirk Mooneyham
Kirk Mooneyham

@Michael J. Carnahan: It seems to me that your knowledge of firearms is very, very low.

Kirk Mooneyham
Kirk Mooneyham

@Rich Madison and Ben Beeby: As a Texan who was stationed in California with the USAF for many years, I can say that Rich Madison isn't off the mark on this. The large metropolitan areas in California do dictate what happens in that state. Basically, "The Bay Area" and LA control that state.

Timothy Black
Timothy Black

oohhh nooo the Colorado economy is going to collapse because of gun control laws! :'( as if. people are still going to come to Colorado. there will still be tourists. the state will be sustained by other areas of commerce.

Timothy Black
Timothy Black

yeah, sure. whatever you say dude, bro, man.

Stephan Reuchlein
Stephan Reuchlein

Ok, Let me try, hunters bring money in the form of permits, hotel stays equipment purchases, meal purchases, etc...etc....etc.... should we lose much of this income who will pay for Colorado's upkeep and attractions? US! The citizens of this state will see a sever rise in taxes to cover what was once covered by this type of tourism. Your decision to use "gun loons" is uneducated bigotry, Your use of the stupid just reflects that you are.

Half Aspen
Half Aspen

I too have closed my land to hunters. Their money will not be spent here.

Kirk Mooneyham
Kirk Mooneyham

I have ZERO desire to go to the bulk of the Northeastern States, Illinois, or California. Those places want to put citizens at a disadvantage against career criminals, violent nutjobs and other scaly denizens. No thanks, I'll confine myself to the "Free States".

Andrew Umyn
Andrew Umyn

Oh yes, this is totally going to work. SO many people bring skis to Colorado to hunt... oh wait, they bring them to SKI.

Rich Madison
Rich Madison

No, what you have been trying to keep out is the "Californian ideology" of a total state monopoly on force, power, and morality. Not all Californians are Statist, not even a majority, but seeing as state politics revolve around large metropolitan areas, their vote drowns out the vote of the people who want to be left alone.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Qué Kcuts Nice propaganda. Hitler was pretty good at keeping the guns off the streets too...didn't have anything to do with more freedom, safer society, or anything like that...it basically just made the people easier to disappear.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Qué Kcuts Stop SCREAMING. Some people like to protect their freedoms from the left and the right, the way it was supposed to be in America.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Dan Brown So, tell me how my ownership of any weapon at all infringes on any of your rights?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Chris Smith I'm comfortable with both. What I'm not comfortable with is people telling me how to live my life.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Timothy Black Kinda hard to have "libertarian" socialism, since socialism is defined most basically as state ownership of the means of production. "Paultard" is really original!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Widespread Panic fans for Ron Paul 2012 

... don't cry for me Colorado ....

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Beth Harris 

Graffiti on bathroom stall --

Here I sit
My buns a flexin'
Giving birth
To another Texan



Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Timothy Black You're out of your mind! communism yes (though, it doesn't work), socialism, no.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Rich Madison He's obviously a mindless collectivist, much like the idiots on the right who view Colorado as a single entity they can punish (never mind that boycotts rarely have any impact at all.)

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