Gun Nuts Vow To Destroy GOP House Leader

House Minority Leader Hugh McKean.

FOX 31 reports on the passage yesterday in the Colorado House of new gun safety bills introduced in response to the mass shooting at a Boulder supermarket in March, including a bill banning gun purchases for five years for those convicted of a range of violent misdemeanor crimes that might have prevented the Boulder shooter from obtaining the assault rifle used in that crime:

Monday was a busy day over at the capitol as lawmakers tackled gun control, mental health and police accountability all in day.

Bill HB21-1298 expands background requirements for firearm transfers. A person convicted of specific violent misdemeanor offenses, like sexual assault, cruelty to animals and child abuse, would be prohibited from buying firearms for five years. The vote was 42-21 in favor of the bill.

“Colorado is showing that we can do so much more than offer thoughts and prayers in the wake of mass shootings,” said bill sponsor Rep. Judy Amabile, D-Boulder.

Public radio reporter Scott Franz took note of a miscue from GOP House Minority Leader Hugh McKean, after McKean apparently fat-fingered the “yes” button on the background check bill he meant to oppose:

Dudley Brown of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners.

But Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, the powerful “no compromise” gun rights group with a long history of backstabbing fellow Republicans who show even the slightest sign of reasonableness on the issue, isn’t buying McKean’s claim that his “yes” vote was accidental–sending out an email blast to their supporters yesterday afternoon after the vote so loaded with vitriol against McKean it’s about to pop:

[T]he vote just came in for HB21-1298, a bill expanding our already extensive background checks, and it looks like the Colorado GOP has a snake in its ranks.

House Minority Leader, Rep. Hugh McKean, voted YES on expanding Colorado background checks to purchase a firearm. This reprehensible bill infringes our Second Amendment and slaps law-abiding citizens in the face.

A RINO (Republican in Name Only) like Rep. McKean should NOT hold a leadership position in the Colorado Republican Party!

I urge you to call his office TODAY and DEMAND he step down from his leadership role…

Our SuperPAC will UNLEASH any and all available resources to get him out of office in the next election cycle so we can vote in a real Republican that will support the Second Amendment.

It’s unlikely that RMGO is not aware that McKean tried to take back a vote he claims was cast erroneously. They just don’t trust him, and retain enough enmity after their close legislative ally Rep. Patrick Neville was replaced by McKean last November that they don’t care to inform their members about this little detail.

Neville may have gotten the axe after two consecutive disastrous election cycles for Colorado House Republicans, but the Neville/RMGO faction within the Colorado Republican Party is alive and well–and still in control of the state party apparatus under longtime friend of RMGO Kristi Burton Brown. Attacking fellow Republicans has always been what RMGO does best–and with the deep waters closing over GOP general election hopes in Colorado, their fight once again is turning inward.

If you’re a Democrat, make some popcorn and enjoy the show. This is great news.

12 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. unnamed says:

    Like I said in another thread: shitshow.

  2. Meiner49er says:

    Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. 😉


  3. Voyageur says:

    No, it's not great news.  A functioning Democracy requires two sane parties.  Ask Theodore Bilbo and Gene Talmadge how gracious they were when their Democratic Party had total control in the house.

    • notaskinnycook says:

      Okay, V. But Republicans are not a sane party and haven't been since sometime in the 80s. Come back and try again when they regain their common sense  

  4. Meiner49er says:

    I would argue that a functioning democracy requires more than two parties, V. Fortunately, we have the Dems, Progressive Dems, the remnants of the GOP, and the America Firsters. We're fine.

    • Voyageur says:

      The Supreme Court is about to rule 6-3 that Franklin Graham has control of every woman’s womb in America.  We’re a long way from fine, Meiner.  And you can thank your beloved third parties, the Jilliots, for that.  We could have had a Hillary Court without them.  And don’t forget the idiot Naderites who gave us Shrub.

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        Slow down there, bubba. The Court agreed to hear the Mississippi case in the next term, which begins in October. Decision would be expected in June, 2022. Which gives plenty of time to get the blood flowing, so to speak.

        Once again, I will agree on the Green party activity in 2016 and 2000. Of course, must also remind that the inept Hillary campaign took the three Rust Belt states for granted.

        • unnamed says:

          The thing about it.  In terms of what got us to this point with SCOTUS, Banger.  Both you and V are correct.

        • spaceman2021 says:

          CHB, completely agree on the ineptitude of the Hillary campaign in the Rust Belt.  They were warned and they didn't respond.  

          As for SCOTUS, the decision will likely claim it's not overruling Roe, but then basically gut it.  Classic intellectual dishonesty for the "originalists," i.e., the judges playing bad amateur historians.  It sets up to create a great campaign issue for the mid-terms.  We shall see.  

          But what is clear is that our tripartite system is a joke.

          • Genghis says:

            As for SCOTUS, the decision will likely claim it's not overruling Roe, but then basically gut it. 

            That's it exactly, spaceman. Of the three issues Mississippi presented, the Court granted cert on only one:

            Whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.

            It will be ridiculously easy to answer that question in the negative, uphold the Mississippi law at issue, and still claim the Roe/Casey framework remains viable.

            At the very best, the right to choose is going the way of Miranda, which is still "on the books" but so thoroughly neutered that it's virtually impossible for law enforcement to commit a Miranda violation.

            Thomas, Gorsuch, Barrett and Kegs the Rapey Alcoholic Manbaby all view the legal theory underpinning Roe as garbage. Alito likely does as well, based on that horrifying speech he gave at that Federalist Society event awhile back. When the first outright ban on all abortions reaches this particular Court, Roe and its progeny are likely doomed. They won't completely shitcan Roe now, though,  because doing so isn't necessary to uphold the Mississippi statute.

            • Conserv. Head Banger says:

              Did a browser inquiry on my other one in order to answer V. Found an interesting article from a guy at Hillsdale College that wasn't the usual far right drivel that comes from that institution. The author proposed that the Casey decision will be more closely evaluated than Roe. 

              Alito and Thomas are the automatic votes to ban all abortions and even overturn Griswold & Eisenstadt if they can. Barrett may join in. Gorsuch and Kavanaugh have been unpredictable.

  5. bullshit! says:

    RMGO is so good at taking out Repugs it makes you wonder if they work for the vast left wing conspiracy.

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