Rhonda Fields on boycott over gun laws, charges for e-mail attacks, Obama visit

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Rhonda Fields.
Yesterday, we spoke with Representative Rhonda Fields about the THC driving bill she's co-sponsoring; the measure received a favorable report from the House Appropriations Committee and should reach the floor this week.

But during our conversation, we also touched on several other topics, including moves to boycott Colorado over gun laws she supported, charges against a man accused of harassing her, and the Denver visit of President Barack Obama tomorrow.

As we've reported, Fields, whose son, Javad Marshall-Fields, and his fiancee, Vivian Wolfe, were murdered in 2005 by Sir Mario Owens, currently on death row, was a driving force behind gun-control laws introduced this legislative session.

"People are sick and tired of the bloodshed," she told us in January. "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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Fields ran for office after the murder of her son.
She was right: Governor John Hickenlooper signed several measures into law on March 20. But in the run-up to this action, Fields became a target of attacks, including e-mails and phone calls from Franklin Sain, who paired racist and sexist language with a reference to the shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Sain was subsequently charged with attempting to influence a public servant and harassment involving ethnic intimidation, a felony and a misdemeanor, respectively. Afterward, Sain's attorney argued that his e-mails were protected free speech, and other critics wondered if criminal charges were appropriate. But Fields has no doubts.

"I'm extremely proud and pleased with the work of the Denver Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol" on the case, Fields says. "They were able to ID the person, and he was brought up on charges -- and they wouldn't have done that if they hadn't considered these serious, legitimate threats."

After Hickenlooper's signing, more vitriol surfaced; one objector tagged a Denver Post Facebook photo of Fields and the governor with more offensive language.

Since then, however, "the e-mail traffic from pro-gun folks that had dominated the Capitol has subsided," Fields reveals. "We're not seeing that type of effort regarding the topic. It's quieted down a lot, and that's allowed us at the Statehouse to move on to other measures, like school finances."

That's not to say those who dislike the legislation have changed their minds. As Patricia Calhoun reported yesterday, a Boycott Colorado movement has popped up, with angry hunters advising others like them to spend their hard-earned money elsewhere.

Such efforts seem off-base to Fields, who believes the legislation will actually encourage more people to visit Colorado.

Continue for more of our interview with Representative Rhonda Fields.



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Ferrin Forthright
Ferrin Forthright

Good riddance. They're trying to make a point, so let 'em. Anyone who thinks the new gun laws are unconstitutional will see how mistaken they are when the courts rule on this. Nobody's guns were taken away, nobody's mags were taken away. You wanna cry because private sales now require background checks? Oh, boo-%*!$-hoo! Cry me a river! The majority of Americans agree with these common-sense restrictions. After all, "well regulated militia" does not mean "unfettered access to any kind of arms, without restrictions"!

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

Don't come here to hunt! Boycott please!!! The lefties here don't have the brain power to comprehend the idiocy of the bills passed here. They only see with their hearts not their brains. Hearts have ZERO common sense. The bills passed do nothing for people who already abide by the law. Criminals don't care.... Why it is so hard for the lefties to understand is why this country should be terrified.

Wiley Huggins
Wiley Huggins

If all the conservatives leave, who's gonna pay for the welfare, jus askin ?

Wiley Huggins
Wiley Huggins

Last word, what a shame for this country, turning to socialism... keep givin' up those rights, be a slave to the government. How do you look your children in the eyes ?

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"I think what we've done gives the impression that Colorado is a safe place to be."

Just like other places with strict anti-gun laws, like LA, Chicago and DC, right? No. Not so much.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"I think what we've done gives the impression that Colorado is a safe place to be."

Just like other places with strict anti-gun laws, like LA, Chicago and DC, right? No. Not so much.

Wiley Huggins
Wiley Huggins

Keep going and you'll be just like crook county of Chicago, Murder, entitlement capitol of the US

Eric Driskell
Eric Driskell

Sweet means more Elk for me!!! Only takes one shot and if you can't hit your target and need more than 10 shots, please stay out of Colorado.

Wiley Huggins
Wiley Huggins

I see in the article she is being sworn in. Thought part of that was to defend and protect the contitution. She should be recalled on grounds of treason

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"They were able to ID the person, and he was brought up on charges -- and they wouldn't have done that if they hadn't considered these serious, legitimate threats."

As I recall from a previous Westword article, the communications were clearly despicable, and also, not threats. As for law enforcement validating her claim of threats, remember Animal Farm. The Pigs and the Dogs have each others' back.

Douglas Evans
Douglas Evans

Shes a traitor! she took an oath to uphold, protect and defend the constitution of the United States of America!

Patrick Solano
Patrick Solano

Hilarious...you people make me laugh. Thanks for making my day!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Rhonda Fields seems to have successfully made herself an enemy of liberty from the standpoints of both the left and the right.

She seems to be a bona fide threat to liberty.

Matt Megyesi
Matt Megyesi

what's the big deal? Can have 15 e ounds in your gun? Bunch of babies. Learn to reload.

Andrew Newman
Andrew Newman

Granted, I don't know how hunters make it work (I fish, not hunt), since even most Rugers I see for sale hold 10 rounds.

Steve Fox
Steve Fox

puts a smile on my face to see companies leaving Colorado because of their unconstitutional anti gun laws

Andrew Newman
Andrew Newman

Rich, the hunting law is NOT vague. You rifle cannot hold more than 6 rounds TOTAL between magazine and chamber. 6

Charles Larriba
Charles Larriba

I think it's great boycott Colorado, California, and the list is growing. That way the state can blame the senators for failing. I'm from California let it sink into bankruptcy, once it's a wasteland we can rebuild

Rich Madison
Rich Madison

The language in the magazine bill states any magazine that holds more than 15 rounds OR can be readily converted to hold more than 15 rounds. That encompasses almost every single magazine on the market. Due to the vagueness hunters and sportsmen are literally afraid to come to this state because it's difficult to impossible to know if they are breaking the law or not.

Jenny Migliorato
Jenny Migliorato

I don't blame them. The laws are poorly written by elected officials who have very little knowledge about firearms. Why bother coming to CO when you can go to other states that are more supportive of guns rights. Hunting is the number 2 economic activity in the state behind skiing. What works for Aurora and Denver, doesn't work for the rest of us "rednecks".

Justin White
Justin White

Brandon Young, well said my friend. Please also look, Colorado, there are more than just sportsmen no longer wanting to come to your state. The impact is much larger than you think. You already have two companies leaving the state. Which means jobs, taxes, and revenue are being lost. As I am not an avid hunter, but a big supporter of the Bill of Rights, my vacation dollars will be spent in more tolerant states. As a Veteran and a Colorado native, I am sorry that it has come to this.

Paul Bauer
Paul Bauer

I grew up hunting in Colorado. Looks like I will be taking my hunting activities to Utah where they still give a shit about the Constitution.

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

Brandon - I judge only by those I meet, and living in the mountains where a ton of hunting takes place I can safely say the overwhelming majority are rednecks. Sorry if you don't like my personal observation, but it is the reality in theses parts.

John Shelton
John Shelton

Dammit! I wanted to move to Colorado so bad! Wyoming it is!

Jacob Paintin
Jacob Paintin

Thats a big reason i left denver sick of all the bullshit and the retarded reasons behind the bullshit

Brandon Young
Brandon Young

Jacob, Steve, etc, not all sportsman and hunters are rednecks. By your comment, I should assume that you're a democrat, and that you're just a lazy liberal who mooches off the system? People who call themselves more tolerant, but judge others, are just as guilty. Remember, when pointing the finger, three fingers are pointing back at yourself. Colorado has a strong tradition with hunting, fishing, and sportsman, and a lot of the money that pays for parks, animal preservation, etc comes from those sportsman that are going to boycott our state. These laws are garbage, and are only symbolic measures which will have little to no impact on gun violence. For the same reason, many sportsman, hunters, companies are boycotting the state for the same reason. Look at states that already have similar laws (NY, Il, CA, etc), and their levels of gun violence are much higher. Not once during all this crap have I heard proposals on stiffer penalties on gun crimes and punishing those offenders. Gun owners are just as horrified with gun violence as you non-gun owners are; we just want to do something that will actually help fix the problem, not make it harder for everyone else to protect themselves…

Robert Barnhart
Robert Barnhart

I'm boycotting all anti-Second Amendment states, it's just not about hunting. I live in New York state as of right now. Trust me Colorado, you don't want to end up like New York or California.

Mozart99
Mozart99

I see Franklin Sain will be arraigned April 22. I do not understand why the ex-Marines guns have not been taken away from him given Ms. Fields has a restraining order against. He even has bragged that he is buying more ammo. If he is released will it be another "clerical error."

Andrew Newman
Andrew Newman

The particular boycott being referenced in this article is being suggested by the hunting community. They should have no problems with a 15 round limit since they are currently limited to 6 while hunting. This does not change their rights at all. Nor does it change yours- you can still own all the ammunition you want, it just has to be in groups of 15. Since you like reasonable analogies: if beer or soda manufacturers stopped making 6 packs or 24-cases, you could still buy all the beer you want, only the quantities in one purchase would be different. Unless I'm misinterpreting the new legislation.

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

We have plenty of our own rednecks...who needs more out-of-state rednecks?

Adrian Laine
Adrian Laine

It's not about hunting Andrew, it's about an infringement on rights, and what people believe in. If Colorado cut all music and art programs from schools here in CO, I would assume more than just musicians and artist would protest. Just my opinion.

Andrew Newman
Andrew Newman

Why is this the most ridiculous boycott ever? Because current hunting regulations limit a rifle to SIX rounds only. Which is well short of 15, no matter who's doing the math: Rifles using center fire cartridges of .24 caliber or larger, having expanding bullets of at least seventy (70) grains in weight, except for elk and moose where the minimum bullet weight is eighty-five (85) grains, and with a rated impact energy one hundred (100) yards from the muzzle of at least one thousand (1000) foot pounds as determined by the manufacturer's rating providing that any semiautomatic rifle used shall not hold more than six (6) rounds in the magazine and chamber combined. A fully automatic rifle is prohibited.

Jacob Morgan
Jacob Morgan

We are being boycotted by the rednecks. I have no problem with this.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Ferrin Forthright The magazine law, for one is arbitrary and capricious. Because virtually all magazines have removable floor plates, they're all "capable of being modified" to take more than 15 rounds. Additionally, there are a good many where the standard magazine accepts more than 15 rounds, including one of the most popular, the Glock 17. Constitutionality WRT the 2nd Amendment includes not banning "common" firearms.

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Josh Moore We have too many Texans as it is.  

BackOffImStarving
BackOffImStarving topcommenter

@Wiley Huggins Easy.  I look down.  They're shorter than I am.

Claravocecognito1
Claravocecognito1

@Eric Driskell @Eric Driskell

Sweet... you have now identified yourself as a moron. If you were actually a responsible American you would know that the 2nd Amendment isn't about hunting and never was. Further, by your logic we should all be hunting with single shot muzzle loaders - "only takes one shot" right? If you are a hunter, and I really doubt you are, I would think you would care just a bit more about not only the 2nd Amendment but also the negative impact these useless laws will and already have on game management. perhaps YOU should move to states more in line with your philosophy on these issues - CA, NY and CT come to mind.

SheilahT
SheilahT

@Douglas Evans  That is an excellent idea. 

RichVisscher
RichVisscher

@Andrew Newman Your assumption is way off the mark my friend.  Tube fed rifles can hold up to 18 .22 short bullets for small game hunting.  Your shotgun with an extender can hold up to 15/17 shells for hunting birds.  Hunting has nothing to do with the 2nd Amendment.  If more restrictive gun control works so well, why were there 23 people killed in Chicago over the Easter/Passover weekend?  Call me sometime and I'll take you shooting so you can understand how this "whole gun thing" works.

Monkey
Monkey

@Andrew Newman ...And if your 5 round mag can be converted, it's illegal, regardless of hunting laws.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Brandon Young Very interesting post, Brandon. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Robert Barnhart Thanks for weighing in, Robert. Much appreciated.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Mozart99 The "clerical error" phrase suddenly has an even worse connotation than it did previously. Thanks for the post, Mozart99.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@Andrew Newman Representative Fields makes many of the same points you do, Andrew. Thanks for posting.

JimTom
JimTom

I guess you don't get the point, and you won't as long as you except whatever they say you should believe.

Mozart99
Mozart99

@Jacob Morgan yeah they don't smoke marijuana in muskogee

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