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Moms Demand Action Colorado leader talks guns, background checks and Chipotle

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The group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America is celebrating a victory after Chipotle requested that its customers not bring guns into its restaurants. The group had pressured the Colorado-based chain to take a stand following an incident in which open-carry supporters brought assault rifles into a Texas Chipotle.

We caught up with Jennifer Hope, the leader of the local Moms Demand Action chapter. Hope is a Golden mother of eight whose passion about gun safety was partly inspired by her experience of nearly being caught in the crossfire of the 2011 capture of the Dougherty gang, two brothers and a sister who led police on a wild car chase.

Hope was returning from a vacation in Taos, New Mexico, with five of her daughters when police diverted her off the highway near Walsenburg. The Doughertys' alleged crime spree -- which authorities said involved a car chase in Florida and a bank robbery in Georgia -- was big news at the time, and Hope knew that siblings Ryan, Dylan and Lee Grace were believed to be in the area. She just didn't expect to run smack into their takedown.

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Lee Grace Dougherty, in a photo from her Flickr page in which she's cleaning a pool.
Here's how we described that takedown in a blog post on August 11, 2011:
Yesterday just past 9 a.m., according to the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office, members of the department, as well as troopers with the Colorado State Patrol, received a report about a suspicious vehicle -- namely the white Subaru Impreza the Doughertys had last been seen driving.

Deputies from Pueblo and several neighboring counties quickly responded, and a detective soon spotted the car. The Doughertys apparently noticed, because they high-tailed it south on Interstate 25 toward Walsenburg, leading a pursuit that exceeded 100 miles per hour. The PCSO reports that shots were fired during the chase.

The end came around Mile Marker 52, when the Subaru hit some stop sticks arranged by authorities and flipped over a guardrail. One of the boys was injured in the crash and couldn't flee, while the other was rounded up shortly thereafter. Lee, for her part, tried to escape into a ditch, armed with an automatic weapon. After she ignored orders to drop it, the cops shot her. The wound is described as non-life threatening.

From where she'd been diverted, partly to avoid hitting those stop sticks, Hope says she and her daughters could hear automatic weapon fire. "It was so shocking," Hope says. "I don't know why I wasn't pushed more into action then."

Although she'd lived through the Columbine school shootings in April 1999, as well as the shootings at the Aurora movie theater in July 2012, it wasn't until twenty children and six adults were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December 2012 that Hope was inspired to act. She found Moms Demand Action and joined.

"I was tired of waiting for somebody else to do it," she says. "We'd been waiting for our legislators for so long to stand up to the NRA and protect our families, and at that point, I realized it's going to have to be us. It's going to have to be the moms."

Continue for more about Moms Demand Action's work in Colorado.



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19 comments
Tamara Munroe
Tamara Munroe

You don't need a rocket launcher, get a flame thrower.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

so why am i still prohibited from owning and bearing a rocket launcher despite them being responsible for far fewer deaths than guns? sekun menmint, after all!

Tamara Munroe
Tamara Munroe

It is not a more common situation. The media makes it seem as such, but so easily the other situations are commonly forgotten... What kills more than guns? Hammers.

Britni Sumpter
Britni Sumpter

I hope her message gets heard by people who matter and can implement these changes. It doesn't take a genius to see that something needs to give.

CuckoosNest
CuckoosNest

Over-medicated leftie freaks lashing out at gun owners is a sure sign of mental illness. These loonies have been harmed so now they wish to harm others. Violently. Just like the rest of the leftie loons in history who have flipped out and caused mass casualties. Leaving people defenseless in this violent world is a mentally ill thing to do....My guess is this group of fruitcakes are on a multitude of mood stabilizing drugs.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

LOL...just look at the circle jerking amongst the penile replacement enthusiasts here.

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

apparently, the Enzyte wasn't enough to overcome your...um...shortcomings

GJFlash
GJFlash

Actually, the NRA has spoken out against some of the tactics of the open-carry crowd:


http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/even-nra-sees-some-open-carry-tactics-wei


Also, only law abiding citizens follow gun restrictions.  Criminals do not.  

Only the willfully blind refuse to accept this obvious fact.


Two black men shot up a crowd outside a LoDo nightclub last night, and I seriously doubt they went through background checks and had current concealed carry permits.  I could be wrong.


But I'm not.


Mike Stapley
Mike Stapley

Moms my ass. Shannon Watts is about as big a phony as there is. Tired of this group saying they are pro 2nd Amendment. That couldn't be further from the truth.

Brandon Malone
Brandon Malone

The changes they want won't stop situations like the one described in the article.

Monkey
Monkey

We're not anti-gun, we're anti-people bringing guns in restaurants.

We're not anti-gun, we're anti-people buying guns without a background check.

We're not anti-gun, we're anti-people who support the NRA.

We're not anti-gun, we're anti-people in open-carry groups.

We're not anti-gun, we're not anti-violence, we're anti-gun-violence.

I guess you could say, I'm not anti-gun-control, I'm anti-people who think gun-contol laws and gun-free-zones have ever, or will ever, reduced violence, or increase safety.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

That's what the drunken nail said...  "Gettin' hammered".

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@CuckoosNest Thank you for sharing your feelings, Cuckoo, no mater how idiotic they are.  Your argument is cute:  "We need more guns to protect us from the right wing gun freaks."

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@CuckoosNest


Given they only represent a small percentage of moms, in fairness,they should really change their name to:


Demented Moms Demand Demented Action.


I think that is more fitting.  

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

They aren't for the "WELL REGULATED" part!

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

@Monkey You just support the Second Amendment where it says "WELL REGULATED."

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