John Hickenlooper is not the end all be all for the latest legislation out of Colorado, however he does hold a lot of power in his hand with the ability to pass or veto any bill that makes it to his office. It is assumed he would follow the party line, which is probably pie in the sky thinking to consider he won't. Nonetheless, it is important to hear what he has to say or more importantly the lack thereof.
A couple of our readers sent his response to us and we have provided it below in its entirety. If you are a Colorado voter or simply want to express your own point of view given the possible effects on the state from this legislation, be sure to include Governor Hickenlooper in the mix when you write your local legislator. He was kind enough to include all contacts with the link provided in his message.
Thank you for writing regarding gun control in Colorado. This is an important subject, and we appreciate the time you took to share your thoughts and concerns.
Over the past year in Colorado and across the nation, we have experienced an unprecedented level of tragedy due to gun violence. The shooting that occurred in Aurora on the night of July 20, 2012, is an event that will remain in our hearts and minds forever. And while our lives will never be the same again, these experiences showed the strength and resilience of individuals to come together as a community. Now, as a community, we must come together to find ways we can prevent similar tragedies in the future.
Your letter is one of thousands we have received offering thoughts on everything from banning assault weapons, to increasing mental health availability, to the rights of citizens to carry concealed weapons. The diversity of opinions on how best to address this issue is proof positive that we should not shy away from this discussion. We are confident that through thoughtful and mindful debate we can find reasonable solutions that respect the rights of law-abiding Coloradans to own firearms while maintaining the health and safety of our communities.
In Colorado, individuals purchasing firearms at firearms dealerships and gun shows undergo background checks, and we believe that universal background checks will help ensure that guns don’t fall into the hands of those who would use them to harm themselves or others. This is a multifaceted issue and part of this dialogue should focus on mental health access. In addition to addressing firearms, we have also asked the Colorado General Assembly to support a comprehensive overhaul of our state’s mental health system so we can better deliver support and services to people sooner rather than later, and provide appropriate interventions.
This is a conversation that will continue throughout the course of this legislative session, so we also encourage you to share your thoughts with your legislators. To contact the House of Representatives, please call: 303-866-2904. To contact the Senate, please call 303-866-2316. These contacts will direct your call to the appropriate office. Or, you can find your legislators online at: Colorado.gov
Once again, thank you for your input, and for taking the time to contact our office. We will keep your thoughts in mind as we move forward.
Office of Governor John W. Hickenlooper