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Viewpoint: Hold On, the Colorado Legislature Cares about Your Will
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In the opening address to the Senate at the start of the second session of the 72nd Colorado General Assembly, Democratic State Senate President Leroy Garcia encouraged his fellow lawmakers to look out for the everyday people of Colorado.

As his speech continued, he asked his peers to have “a persistent reverence for the peoples' will.” I don’t write about politics at the state or national level all that much anymore. There isn’t much objectivity or purpose in doing so. People believe what they want to believe – don’t let facts fool you. But when I read that line, I got this little throw up feeling in the back of my throat and it’s at times like those I feel like I need to at least make a comment or two.

I expect rhetoric from politicians on either side of the aisle, but to suggest that, in the first year of King Polis and Prince Leroy, the will of the voters was taken into consideration is laughable at best and completely lacking integrity at worst.

The oil and gas legislation that was passed was almost the opposite of what the voters had approved one election before, if I remember right. The idea that the “everyday people” of Colorado want their children inundated with alternate sexual life styles as “normal” is laughable. Legal consideration for anyone who wants to pick what restroom they would like to use on any given day can not be uttered in the same paragraph, let alone the same sentence, with the desires of “everyday people.”

I could add other things. Even the majority of law enforcement people do not want to enforce the red flag laws. In case you’ve been in a basement, that permits police or family members to petition the state court to order the temporary removal of firearms from a person who may present a danger to others or themselves. A judge makes the determination to issue the order based on statements and actions made by the gun owner in question. Refusal to comply with the order is punishable as a criminal offense. After a set time, the guns are returned to the person from whom they were seized unless another court hearing extends the period of confiscation.

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