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September 17, 2018 01:07 PM UTC

State Rep. Steve Humphrey Posts Image Of Flyer Attacking Colleague Over Violence Against Women

  • by: Erik Maulbetsch

(Promoted by Colorado Pols)

Rep Humphrey Shares RMGO Wist Attack, 9.15.18

Colorado state representative Steve Humphrey (R-Severance) shared a photo of a flyer that accuses his party’s Assistant Minority Leader, Rep Cole Wist (R-Centennial) of wanting to prevent women from being able to defend themselves.

Rep. Steve Humphrey posts photo of RMGO flyer attacking Rep. WistRocky Mountain Gun Owners distributed the flyer at this weekend’s Centennial Gun Club Firearms Festival. Humphrey  posted a picture of the RMGO table, including the flyer, with the caption “Meeting and greeting and supporting conservative Second Amendment candidates at the RMGO booth.”


The flyer, one of two on the table attacking Wist, labels the House’s number two Republicans as “anti-gun” and says he “wants to leave you defenseless,” below an image of a woman being assaulted on the street.


RMGO, along with Minority Leader Patrick Neville, attacked Wist repeatedly during this year’s legislative fight over his proposed “red flag” bill. The bipartisan bill would have created a civil legal process called an Extreme Risk Protection Order to enable family members and law enforcement to temporarily remove guns from an individual who poses danger to themselves or others.

Sponsored by Assistant Minority Leader Wist, the bill was also supported by District Attorney George Brauchler and Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, both Republicans. It passed the House 37-23, with Wist and Rep. Dan Thurlow (R-Grand Junction) joining all Democrats in support, but failed to get out of committee in the Senate.

Rep. Humphrey’s post was “liked” by two of his colleagues, Rep. Perry Buck (R-Windsor) and Rep. Shane Sandridge (R-Colorado Springs). Joe Neville, who runs the House GOP independent expenditure committee and is a former RMGO lobbyist, also liked the post.

Voicemail messages requesting comment were not immediately answered by either Rep. Humphrey or Rep. Wist. This post will be updated with any replies received.

This post was first published by the Colorado Times Recorder.


10 thoughts on “State Rep. Steve Humphrey Posts Image Of Flyer Attacking Colleague Over Violence Against Women

  1. Anyone have a clue how a Red Flag law would leave women on the street defenseless?

    In the various states I've seen reporting on, the Red Flag approach rarely takes ANYONE's gun away. When it does, it generally takes guns away for a short period of time from those credibly seen as threatening their own life (suicide) or someone else near to them (domestic abuse).  I've gone looking a bit, and couldn't find instances of denying weapons to the woman on the street.

      1. yesyes

        I could have used the protection of a Red Flag bill a couple of times in my life when I was threatened by an armed crazy person. Luckily, members of the community took care of removing guns from him.

        And moving 100 miles away helped. Not everyone has those options.

        1. Two of my nieces were in fear for their lives by crazy, gun-toting ex-husbands. Fortunately both ex-husbands are permanently out of their lives, and my nieces are safe now.  

          But they will always carry the emotional scars left by the threat of gun violence in their own home.

  2. Why would they attack Cole Wist NOW? The month before the Republican primaries for legislative seats where Wist has a RWNJ primary opponent – absolutely. But why now? This makes about as much sense as Zappy trashing Thurston circa October 2016.

    Does Wist have a Libertarian opponent? If so, maybe he/she can play the part of Jill Stein in HD 37.

    1. To set the narrative that the only good way to defend your safety is with a gun. To make people who want to use other, non-firearm methods of feeling safe look naive and delusional.

      We need to push back against that narrative.

  3. Hmmm…  I wonder how Rep. Humphrey feels about an confessed sexual predator as President and an accused sexual predatory serving on the Supreme Court….

  4. So the RMGO certifiables want to make shooting the only method we have of defending ourselves. Not the law, not a culture of non-rape, and certainly not a government. Only a gun will do.

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