Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s (D) own words and actions suggest that he is a liberal who did the bidding of out-of-state anti-Second Amendment groups during the gun control push that turned Colorado upside down in March 2013.
Hickenlooper, who took heat for ignoring the CO sheriffs’ opposition to the gun control measures being discussed, has since admitted that he talked to Michael Bloomberg three times during the same period in which sheriffs were warning that the new gun measures would be “unenforceable.”
Since that time, Coloradans recalled two state senators who helped Hickenlooper ramrod the gun control legislation through–state Senators Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) and John Morse (D-Colo. Springs)–and watched as Evie Hudak (D-Westminster), another state senator, resigned under pressure of recall.
Now the National Journal reports that Hickenlooper has lost his mojo, too. His “political charms” have actually “[turned] into liabilities.”
Hickenlooper went from being “skeptical” that new gun regulations could stop criminals from being criminals following the 2012 Aurora theater attack to agreeing to the passage of universal background checks after Sandy Hook. He took this position even though universal background checks would not have prevented the Sandy Hook attack and did not stop the 2013 Arapahoe High School attack.
He also signed on to a “high capacity” magazines ban because there was “a feeling in urban areas that high capacity magazines were associated with Aurora.”
Throughout the 2013 legislative session in which these gun control measures were discussed–and opposed by the vast majority of Colorado sheriffs–Hickenlooper ignored the sheriffs but spoke with Bloomberg three times.
Real Clear Politics now shows Hickenlooper trailing Republican challenger Bob Beauprez in the coming gubernatorial election.
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