Presently nine candidates are vying to become the next governor of the State of Colorado. Five are Democrats, and four are Republicans. Recent events involving firearms has brought the issue of gun laws to the forefront once more. On the issue of gun control the candidates offer the following positions and opinions:
Mr. Ginsburg supports the idea of creating a safety program like the safety program Colorado has for motorcycle riders: To operate a motorcycle in the State of Colorado a motorcycle rider must pass a test or attend a safety course. A reason Mr. Ginsburg supports this proposal for gun owners is because when he pursued his motorcycle license he took a class which he says saved his life several years later. He believes that a safety certification program for gun owners would be equally safe.
Critics of the proposal argue that it amounts to government involvement and intrusion into privacy rights, as well as encroachment on Second Amendment Rights.
Mr. Ginsburg also supports the current State law limiting rounds on magazines to fifteen, and favors a ban on “bump stocks”, which increase the capability of semi-automatic firearms.
Former State Senator Mike Johnston co-sponsored the bill that expanded background checks to include private gun sales, and he voted in favor of the measure that imposed a 15-round limit on magazines. He also asserts that the measures do not infringe on Second Amendment Rights, and offers the fact that he is a longtime gun owner as proof.
According to Cary Kennedy every four to five days a child is admitted to an emergency room in Colorado because of a gunshot wound. Her claim is supported by a recent study commissioned by Children’s Hospital Colorado: In 2014 and 2015 a total of 148 children under the age of 15 were admitted to the emergency room across Colorado for gunshot wounds; a rate of one admission every 4.9 days.
Nearly all the injuries were categorized as accidental – a fact Ms. Kennedy de-emphasizes. Additionally, her support of gun control as advanced by the Democratic Party is consistent with their agenda.
Democrat John Hickenlooper’s second in command holds to the opinion that dealing with mental health is a critical factor in reducing gun violence. Donna Lynne, a former health care executive, says that primary care doctors and mental health care doctors need to communicate more to identify such concerns
Critics of this approach claim that it amounts to violating privacy rights.
Democratic Jared Polis has expressed the opinion that he does not support new gun regulations, and has also commented that he doubts a 2013 federal bill that sought to ban military-style firearms would have reduced gun violence. But he does believe more regulation in areas of gun control may be appropriate.
Mr. Brauchler comes to the issue of gun control from a perspective few others running for office currently have: As District Attorney he prosecuted the Aurora theater shooter, and sought the death penalty for mass killer James Holmes.
The effort to seek the death penalty failed – Holmes was given life imprisonment – and some critics of Mr. Brauchler have charged that Braucher only sought the death penalty for the sake of publicity. The accusation has been repeatedly denounced by Mr. Bauchler, and he has also been quoted as saying that gun control would not have prevented the mass shooting. He has also made his position on 15-round magazine limits and background checks known, stating that neither has slowed or prevented death by use of firearms as weapons. He prefers a more pragmatic approach to gun ownership and firearm use, including the proposal that lawful gun owners should be allowed to carry concealed firearms without a permit.
Mr. Mitchell has expressed the opinion that people should be able to carry firearms in more places in order to ensure personal safety, and includes the proposal that gun-free zones should be eliminated and that school districts in the State of Colorado should have the right to decide whether or not to allow trained teachers to have firearms in their classrooms.
Along with this increase in personal responsibility he also favors more severe punishment for misuse of firearms.
Mr. Robinson has a rather unique perspective on gun policies, one that derives from a career in business: If something works, pursue it. By this he means that he supports universal background checks, but would like to see the limit on magazine size ended.
Simply, Mr. Robinson believes in responsible gun ownership.
As the state treasurer for Colorado Mr. Stapleton has not had much involvement with guns or gun policy. The lack of exposure may explain why the Second Amendment has not been a major issue in his campaign to become governor. Despite this he holds a position comparable to George Brauchler – he opposes the 2013 Colorado that expanded background checks to include private sales.
His approach to gun violence is more focus on mental health issues.