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Posted: 6/18/2014 8:13:11 AM EDT
This paper is a minor one in the Denver burbs.  The language is intentionally inflammatory

But hey, the author welcomes your comments: Reach Editor Dave Perry at 303-750-7555 or [email protected]

http://www.aurorasentinel.com/opinion/perry-shifty-sheriff-exploits-hickenlooper-just-colorados-dope-opera/


PERRY: Shifty sheriff exploits against Hickenlooper is just Colorado’s own dope opera
What too many people forget here is that these sheriffs helping to perpetuate this hysteria are politicians. Most — if not all — share a common trait: Republicans with a magazine to grind against the Democratic governor

BY DAVE PERRY, Aurora Sentinel editor 06/17/14 1:55 pm :: Last updated: 06/17/14 2:46 pm
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It wasn’t Gov. John Hickenlooper who opened political fire on Colorado sheriffs this week, despite wild media reports to the contrary.

It was a group of Colorado county sheriffs that fired up a faux controversy yesterday after Hickenlooper talked to sheriffs the previous Friday at an annual meeting in Aspen.
Magazine salesmen and embattled Sheriff Terry Maketa at a press conference last year, photo via 7 News

Some of the sheriffs, the same ones who refused last year to enforce Colorado’s newest gun-control laws and have since sued the state to overturn them, accused Hickenlooper of being stupid and disingenuous about his support of them and the laws and his part in enacting them.

The entire stunt is nothing more than election-year melodramatics.

Hickenlooper’s gaffe here happened when agreed to talk to this group of self-aggrandizing gunslingers to begin with. Not that Hickenlooper didn’t make missteps here and elsewhere along his political path, but this was a phony gunfight from the get go.

Let’s review some important stuff here that these sheriffs regularly overlook in their zeal to make their case and their day.

There were two laws enacted by state lawmakers in 2013, the session after James Holmes used high-capacity automatic assault weapons to murder 12 people in an Aurora theater and wound another 70. A few months later, Adam Lanza massacred 20 little boys and girls and six of their teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School, using, during one part of the slaughter, a high-capacity assault rifle magazine made right here in Colorado.

The first law only served to make state gun-purchase background checks uniform in the state. Where some private party sales of weapons were previously exempt from the background checks, they no longer are. Even after all of this Sheriff-of-Nuttingham blustering and lawsuits, 85 percent of Colorado residents still support the measure, according to a recent Quinnipiac poll. Just like critics complain about, it means that if you want to give your son, daughter or nephew your beloved hunting rifle or Kill-O-Matic Brain-Blaster, your budding sure-shot has to pass a background check. Almost all of Colorado doesn’t have a problem with that.

What really set off these fine county law enforcers was the legislation that banned high-capacity automatic-weapon magazines. These are the metal and plastic cases filled with ammo allowing gunmen to fire one round per trigger squeeze about as fast as you can squeeze a trigger. Some of these inventions can hold up to 100 rounds. That’s 100 rounds easily delivered to a bale of hay, the side of a tree or inside a school lunchroom in about a minute. Doesn’t everybody want or need one of these?

Colorado police officers don’t think so. In fact, overlooked in this faux controversy is the fact the Colorado chiefs of police have long supported this high-capacity magazine ban and similar measures. You have to ask yourself, what cop thinks it’s a good idea for the public to have access to weapons created to take out a crowd of soldiers, cops, kids or moviegoers? How many times in Colorado has some poor innocent dude sitting in his boxers, watching tractor pulls on TV and minding his own business been ambushed by crazed terrorists brandishing these military machines?

The most important thing about these and other pushes at reasonable increases in gun control? Nobody, not one person under the dome, has suggested that the government get busy grabbing guns, limiting access to ammunition, or telling people they can’t protect themselves. Nobody. All of the wringing of hands, hyperbole and outright lies? They’re just political lies.

What too many people forget here is that these sheriffs helping to perpetuate this hysteria are politicians. Most — if not all — share a common trait: Republicans with a magazine to grind against the Democratic governor.

These sheriffs are trying to tell the public that nobody asked them nothing about any of this as the law was being created. That’s a load of crap.

Along the way, as the whole world testified in the state House and Senate for and against this bill, mostly against, sheriffs were right there heating up the committee chairs with everyone else. And right in front of the cameras? Sheriff Happy Pants himself, Terry Maketa from Colorado Springs, waving magazines for the press to see and assuring that his credibility was on the line in deciding not to enforce Colorado gun laws. And we all know what a loaded gun Maketa turned out to be. This is a man who doesn’t have the temerity nor the ethics to step down after being caught with his happy pants down all over town. Don’t talk to me about credibility and honesty.

No, there’s no controversy here other than what petty politicians are dreaming up for the media to mull over. This was a made-for-talk-trash-radio event, folks.

Did Hickenlooper mishandle pushing back against the sheriffs? Probably. Who cares? Does it mean these two laws are any less valuable? Hell no. We’re they written so that they’re difficult to enforce? That’s for state lawyers and others to decide. If they are, modify them to ensure their intent and end this fake fury for good.

And as for these sure-shooting sheriffs-turned-constitutional-lawyers: Spend your time protecting the public instead of preaching politics.
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Link Posted: 6/18/2014 8:17:52 AM EDT
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TL:DR. FUCK HIM.
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 8:30:53 AM EDT
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That's hilarious. I wonder if he wrote that shit on his cell phone. Apparently there's a pretty low bar to be hired as a "journalist".
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 8:31:13 AM EDT
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Holmes used a high-capacity automatic assault weapon?  Pretty sure it was a semi-automatic AR that he dropped after it jammed.  He killed the people in the theater with a pump shotgun.

Facts.  The libs sure hate them because there's no arguing or debating with a fact.
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 8:33:57 AM EDT
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Wait, the guy that wrote that is an editor?
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 8:42:51 AM EDT
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Worker in a dying and irrelevant industry rages against the fading light.
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 8:48:17 AM EDT
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Aurora once was a nice town for 2a and military.
Then Lowry AFB closed and the lefties crawled all over it.
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 8:58:55 AM EDT
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"Aurora" is right..it's in a different star system then the rest of the state..

Just had folks visiting here from Colorado..they say the "Californication" of their state is going on continuously..unchecked..
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 9:01:13 AM EDT
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self-aggrandizing gunslingers
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Link Posted: 6/18/2014 9:04:17 AM EDT
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Link Posted: 6/18/2014 9:05:20 AM EDT
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self-aggrandizing gunslingers









 
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 9:14:21 AM EDT
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Holmes used a high-capacity automatic assault weapon?  Pretty sure it was a semi-automatic AR that he dropped after it jammed.  He killed the people in the theater with a pump shotgun.

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Facts or irrelevant.  Use emotion instead.
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 9:27:51 AM EDT
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that is a little more on the herp side, than derp
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 9:37:56 AM EDT
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This paper is a minor one in the Denver burbs.  The language is intentionally inflammatory

But hey, the author welcomes your comments: Reach Editor Dave Perry at 303-750-7555 or [email protected]

http://www.aurorasentinel.com/opinion/perry-shifty-sheriff-exploits-hickenlooper-just-colorados-dope-opera/


PERRY: I'm a fucking idiot, here are many words that prove it.
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Fuck that guy, he's an idiot along with those who share his sentiments.  It's funny though, with such a poorly written slam or comeback that it will do little to change the minds of those still "on the fence."  You're either smart enough to understand right vs wrong or your just an idiot.

{stamp} idiot {/stamp}

Link Posted: 6/18/2014 9:56:14 AM EDT
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The frightening part is, if the Democrats get their way with First Amendment protections only covering "Journalists", this asswipe will be a certified member of the laws for thee not for me class.
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 12:07:02 PM EDT
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Then we should all become "Journalists". Use their tactics and language against them; make it ours.
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 12:11:51 PM EDT
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high-capacity automatic assault weapons
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 12:32:39 PM EDT
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"What really set off these fine county law enforcers was the legislation that banned high-capacity automatic-weapon magazines. These are the metal and plastic cases filled with ammo allowing gunmen to fire one round per trigger squeeze about as fast as you can squeeze a trigger. Some of these inventions can hold up to 100 rounds. That’s 100 rounds easily delivered to a bale of hay, the side of a tree or inside a school lunchroom in about a minute. Doesn’t everybody want or need one of these?"
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Yes, fuckface, I want one of these 100 round magazines because you're in the business of determining what i "need."
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 12:34:29 PM EDT
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Election is melodrama.   At best.
Link Posted: 6/18/2014 8:40:37 PM EDT
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The comments on the article are beginning to get entertaining.  There's one lengthy exchange that a left wing drone is trying to present all the spoon-fed talking points he's been given from the usual suspect sources and gets shot down at every turn.  When he realizes that he's losing the argument, all he can do is assert that all gun owners are untrustworthy, homicidal maniacs.
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