Video: Rachel Maddow's post-Arapahoe shooting look at Colorado gun reform

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Photo, video below.
As noted in our latest update about Friday's shooting at Arapahoe High School, the national media continues to closely follow the tragic incident's fallout -- and even though it appears that Karl Pierson legally bought the weapon he used to critically injure fellow student Claire Davis, the attack has motivated additional conversation about gun reform: Witness a Colorado-centric segment from last night's episode of Rachel Maddow's MSNBC program. But while the shooting was mentioned, Maddow's approach took a different angle. See the clip and get more details below.

Maddow leads into her take on events in Colorado by noting an attempt to recall pro-gun reform town councilors in Exeter, Rhode Island. The effort failed, yet similar recall bids here in Colorado resulted in the ouster of Senator John Morse and Representative Angela Giron, both of whom backed successful gun legislation here, and the resignation of Senator Evie Hudak, also targeted with recall.

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Rachel Maddow interviewing Colorado state rep Rhonda Fields last night.
In the context of recapping this history, Maddow wonders whether what happened in Colorado will short-circuit further tries to reform gun laws elsewhere, because politicians don't want to lose their offices by angering Second Amendment boosters and the firearms lobby, or if the Exeter example demonstrates that the tide has turned against such recalls.

Addressing such questions in a concluding interview is Representative Rhonda Fields, who sponsored a number of the Colorado gun measures that passed. Along the way, Fields expresses disappointment that Morse and Giron wound up paying for their support with their jobs -- but she also stresses her belief that gun reformers are on the right side of history.

Also spotlighted in the segment: Weld County Sheriff John Cooke, who was front and center in a New York Times piece about local sheriffs across the country who are refusing to enforce gun laws they consider to be unconstitutional. Maddow notes something omitted from the Times article: Cooke, who's running for the state senate, has made statements expressing understanding, if not outright support, for counties wanting to secede from Colorado and create the 51st state, largely over their objection to new gun legislation.

Here's the complete segment from last night's program.

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More from our Politics archive circa November: "51st State Initiative touts 'OVERWHELMING success,' works to broaden secession."

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Loren Bagola
Loren Bagola

I knew it was about gun control....that is why they keep paying people to do school shootings

UpIsDown
UpIsDown

The LIB-TARD ALL-STAR LIST

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Arapahoe High School Shooter: liberal socialist communist 

Chris Dorner: liberal police officer

Unabomber: liberal whacko

Boston marathon bombers: liberal Obama supporters. 

Discovery channel shooter: liberal enviro whacko. 

Ft. Hood shooter: Registered Democrat 

Columbine shooters: children of Democrats and progressive liberals. 

Virginia Tech shooter: Registered Democrat. 

Colorado Theater shooter: Registered Democrat; staff worker on the Obama campaign

Connecticut School Shooter: Registered Democrat; hated Christians. 

Congresswoman Gabby Giffords shooter: Leftist, registered Democrat.

JFK assassin: communist, loved Russia and Cuba

RFK assassin: social justice activist

Martin Luther King Jr. assassin: Democrat activist and convicted felon

Bill Ayers: Weatherman underground bomber and Obama's autobiography ghost writer

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Typical unkempt Internet loser whose manhood (whatever is left of it) must truly be threatened by women who can actually articulate a reasoned, thoroughly researched opinion.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

It is painfully obvious you could use one up your crusty arse.

..Matt...
..Matt...

Hey cowardly Gun-Tards, Why didn't your precious pistols prevent this tragedy??

Too busy stroking your barrels whilst drooling over pics of Sarah Palin in a camo teddy ?

SteadyPofiling
SteadyPofiling

Here are the numbers the LIB-TARDS don't want you to see :

- 350,000 times a year, a gun is used in commission of a crime, just present, not necessarily fired or even brandished


- 2,500,000 times a year, guns are used to stop a crime 


- Guns are used for to stop crime 7 times more than to commit crime (2,500,000 / 350,000 = 7.143)


- Of the guns that were used in a crime, only 16% were legally owned 


- 16% of 350,000 = 56,000 times a year that a legal gun owner uses their gun to commit a crime


- There are an estimated 80,000,000 legal gun owners in the US who own 300,000,000 guns 


- 56,000 / 80,000,000 = 0.07% of legal gun owners use their gun to commit a crime


- 0.07% is so statistically insignificant, if you were to round it to whole numbers it would be a zero


- According to the UCR, there were 8,583 firearm homicides in 2011


- Of those 8,583 homicides, 398 were justifiable homicide by law enforcement 


- Of the 8,583 firearm homicides in 2011, 323 were done so with a rifle 


- Of those 323 rifle homicides, 19 were justifiable homicide by law enforcement, thus 304 remain


- 304 x 0.07% = .21


- So, mathematically speaking, an “assault weapon” ban, at its very most effective, could save .21 lives, which last I checked is less than the “just one life” the gun grabbing politicians keep throwing around

SteadyPofiling
SteadyPofiling

"According to investigators, the shooter carried numerous rounds of shotgun ammunition in two bandoliers worn across his chest and waist and carried the remaining items in a backpack."......WAY TO GO LIB-TARDS! You have ensured that ANY freak with hundreds of rounds of ammo strapped across his chest can waltz into any school he wishes and start mowing down children with no one to stop it! These are YOUR policies that have enabled these mass shootings to take place.You liberals are some sick freaks of nature!

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

And what exactly IS this "real legislation to save laws [sic]?" Oh, I forgot....little Libertarian DWEEBs like you don't actually have any meaningful, viable solutions. The common refrain from you Paultards is "less gubmint."

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

"Strength" in numbers is largely meaningless if you don't have an adequate "battle plan."

Monkey
Monkey

No one needs a fork, it's only design is to inflict multiple stab wounds. If the fork-nuts weren't so obsessed with their precious tools of destruction, we would already have common sense laws that restrict the sale and possession of dangerous utensils, and the mentally ill would't be able to get their hands on them. The obsession with forks is disgusting, there is no need to stab and shovel food into your mouth. If you're having problems eating with your hands, get some chop sticks, or call the police. 

SteadyPofiling
SteadyPofiling

A couple more liberal/socialist mentally ill FREAKS calling for gun confiscation. Hey LIB-TARDS! Why don't you sick freaks stop killing children in mass numbers with guns to FORCE your issues? These shooters all belong to a 'members only' club consisting of socialist/communist freaks like yourselves! Liberal freaks please stop having babies, you can make the world's children safer this way.

angryernie1863
angryernie1863

 Ridiculous and pointless navel gazing by the prohibitionist gun ban crowd.  There are over 300 million firearms in the hands of at least 80 million Americans.  You are not going to be able to ban them as much as you wish you could, Westword.   Your War on Drugs approach to guns will be just as successful as it has been with drugs.  Prohibition doesn't work.


God forbid we actually jail violent criminals and insist on a real mental healthcare system.  It is the only solution that has a chance of both solving the actual problem and ensuring everyone's rights.

Taylor Lawrence
Taylor Lawrence

I enjoyed her report and Rep. Fields input. They are both strong women who are trying to protect as many innocent lives as possible. Count me in.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

"Like CHOOSING to try to change the 2nd Amendment, a right?" What has been proposed to "change the 2nd Amendment?" Oh that's right....nothing. It's just more emotionally-driven knee-jerk diatribes from gun nuts like you who seem to believe you have some universal right to a bazooka or to not have to go through a background check to purchase any type of firearm. Boo fucking hoo.

Doug Miller
Doug Miller

There's more of us than there are if either side.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

To the fence straddlers: get off your moral high horse. Nobody on either side of the gun issue is going to take you seriously, anyway.

Daniel J. King IV
Daniel J. King IV

Rep. Rhonda Fields - TELL US ALL about the people YOU KILLED/HURT when your UNINSURED Car HIT THEM in Jeffco & your Bad-Check & Shoplifting CONVICTIONS !!!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

" ...she also stresses her belief that gun reformers are on the right side of history."


Much like Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, Pol Pot, Mao, Chang, ad nauseam.

Doug Miller
Doug Miller

To the gun nuts: stop using us as a pawn in your deadly game. To the anti-gun nuts: stop using us in your game of completely disarming citizens. Both sides need to shut up about it.

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

Rep. Rhonda Fields,"To have our sheriffs say they will not uphold the law is unacceptable. As an American citizen I don't get to pick and choose laws." Like CHOOSING to try to change the 2nd Amendment, a right? Clearly she doesn't know the difference between Constitutional laws and unconstitutional laws like the ones she pushes for. Up next for recall.... Rep. Rhonda Fields everyone!!!

Matt Leising
Matt Leising

I guess Maddow doesn't realize we want REAL legislation to save laws not the same old nonsense that has proven to do little to nothing to save lives.

WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

It's the vile, hatred spewed by talking heads like Maddow that inspired Karl Pierson to go on his rampage. These foaming at the mouth liberals are teaching their brainwashed followers to hate and despise anyone that doesn't agree with their radical agendas. 


MSNB, Fox News, and CNN are trying to force their hate down our throats. It's time we all turn off the TV and turn down the rhetoric.

Shawn Wilson
Shawn Wilson

I think She could use a good boot to the cunt

richard.niemeyer
richard.niemeyer

@UpIsDown  Just so we are clear: you can't be a "socialist" and a "communist."  That's like saying one is a "catholic" and a "protestant."

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@UpIsDown ... all obtained EASY ACCESS to firearms thanks to the Teatard-Repuglycan liberal gun access laws.



angryernie1863
angryernie1863

@..Matt... Typical anti-gun screed.  Hate, contempt, and ignorance.  No need for anything but a cursory rebuttal.

SteadyPofiling
SteadyPofiling

@..Matt...  Hey LIB-TARD!.....Turns out there was an armed security guard at the school that confronted the gunman which forced him to take his own life. This saved NUMEROUS innocent lives as we have just learned that the gunman planned to attack multiple areas of the school (in his own words). I guess that cancels out your entire argument that guns don't stop crimes and protect children in school s, doesn't it, freak?.....Too bad all of you liberal/socialist mentally ill rejects can't stop shooting kids to FORCE your issue. SICK GUN GRABBING FREAKS!

..Matt...
..Matt...

^^^^ Bullshit Lies fabricated by a Tea-tard Liar ^^^^

..Matt...
..Matt...

Have there been many mass murders with FORKS??

SteadyPofiling
SteadyPofiling

Whatever you fucking mentally incapable freak. YEAR AFTER YEAR you freaks propose new regulations on the 2nd Amendment and every year claim that responsible gun owners are paranoid nuts and that you are NOT trying to take the guns away. Lies lies and more lies! Look in the mirror asshole it is YOU guys who are the mentally ill freaks!

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

You wouldn't hear from the former if not for the latter, and you seem to be troubled by the 1st amendment.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Matt Leising ... why do you hate butch lesbians who are waaaaaaay smarter than you ??



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Shawn Wilson ... you talk to your daughters that way?


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@SteadyPofiling ... so ARMED GUARDS at schools DON'T prevent these tragedies, do they numbnuts?


The shooter was ALREADY DEAD before the school guard even entered the library, you lying piece of shit.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@jabrahamcollins ... why do gun-loons lie so much?


The shooter KILLED HIMSELF before the school guard even got to the library, you lying piece of crap.


SteadyPofiling
SteadyPofiling

@.matt..  Thats what all you freaks say when you cant win an argument. What's wrong freak? FACTS scare you?

jabrahamcollins
jabrahamcollins

@DonkeyHotaylies again. The officer was in the library and was the one that forced the gunman to commit suicide. Quit being dishonest.

jabrahamcollins
jabrahamcollins

@DonkeyHotay The officer was IN the library, told everyone to get down and announced his authority to the gunman. The gunman proceeded to commit suicide. That is an effective neutralization of threat.

It is YOU who are lying if you continue to claim that the officer wasn't in the library and didn't cause the shooter to commit suicide.

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