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March 22, 2023 08:08 AM UTC

Wednesday Open Thread

  • by: Colorado Pols

“You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you don’t trust enough.”

–Frank Crane


17 thoughts on “Wednesday Open Thread

  1. Trying to figure out who to vote for in the Mayoral election.  The number of candidates that I am considering is dwindling.  Which is promising.

    1. I'd be OK with a basic mental health screen as part of a gun licensing process. I know, dream on…..

      Some basic screening on paranoia and revenge fantasies would be appropriate.  Prior domestic violence convictions should prevent gun ownership, period, as should conviction for insurrection or threatening and harassment of government officials.

      Cue Negev, Pear, etc, whining about their 2nd amendment rights and how they trump all of these safety concerns.

      1. One of the reasons I know the POV of that pair is bullshit, is the little known fact that I once sold guns to the public as the manager of a large sporting goods department in a big box variety store. I learned some things.

        One night, not long before closing time, I was standing behind the handgun display, when I noticed a man walking briskly towards me from the front of the store. As he drew near, I could see an enormous lump on the right side of his head…it was purple and green.

        When I greeted him, he kinda spat a question at me. He said,"What do you have to do to buy a gun in this state?"

        It was up to me to find a way to NOT sell this man a gun. Luckily, he was not from Colorado nor an adjoining state, so I was not forced to escalate the situation. He departed immediately after I explained that I was legally barred from selling him a gun. Had he been a CO resident and willing to fill out a federal form 4473, I would have been required to sell him the gun, or defend that denial on my own.

        Having tools to diffuse such a situation…a short wait, thorough background check…are a good idea. Period.


        1. People are currently barred only after convictions.  And only sales by "licensed" dealers. 

          And there is a case coming to a Supreme Court near you to eliminate the restriction linked to domestic violence.

      2. I'd rather have regular county-level registrations. My proposal would be yearly.

        Registration fees would go towards gun safety programs, concealed weapon classes, gun ranges, etc. They would go towards things that benefit gun owners. Imagine paying a registration fee that gives me some free days at the county gun range? Hell yeah!

        If we're found with our gun without current registration, it gets impounded just like our cars. Want the gun back? Make sure it's registered with the county.

        I dislike basic mental health screenings for purchases cuz I may not be dangerous now, or in 3 days, but I might be dangerous in 1, 5, 10 years when I still have my guns. Also I think it would dissuade folks who are already reluctant to seek out mental health care from attempting to get it.

    2. "Mental health is the problem" has always been a red herring to deflect attention away from weapons legislation. "Mental health" visits and therapies have never been nonexistent anyway, though they've been under-public-funded and underutilized. If Bennet's bill gets through the Senate, I've got a nickel riding on that the House will kill it because "mandates" or "gubmint health care" or something.

    1. And after all the pathetic and inept attempts by the GOP to kill it! People finally recognized that it was a big improvement over what existed before 2010.

        1. Like all legislation, it was intended to be tweaked/imporved as time marched onward. It’s what could pass at the time.  Instead of improving the program (Part D, RomneyCare anyone?) we’ve sustained over a decade of incoming from the GOPers intent on destroying the ACA.  Didn’t Cory proudly proclaim attempting to do so at least 60 times? 

          1. Indeed he did. Remember his little scene with his insurance company letter.

            Obamacare has lasted longer than Cory Gardner's career in elected office.


        2. I'm less interested in the public's opinion about ACA …

          and much more interested in whether the changes in the health care system provide more access to medical care and if that additional access improves their quality or quantity of life. 

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