BREAKING: President Obama Coming To Denver Next Week

UPDATE #2: FOX 31's Eli Stokols:

Obama is scheduled to visit Wednesday with local law enforcement and community leaders to discuss the state’s new gun control laws. The president has recently been pushing Congress to take up the issue in the wake of Newtown, Conn., and other mass shootings, including that at the Aurora Century movie theater.

“We need everybody to remember how we felt 100 days ago and make sure what we said wasn’t just a bunch of platitudes, that we meant it,” Obama said Thursday at a White House event on a national day of action by supporters of tougher gun laws.


UPDATE: Politico:

President Obama will continue his push for gun-control measures during a visit next Wednesday to Denver, where the White House hopes to spotlight new state gun laws…

During the visit, Obama will "continue to ask the American people to join him in calling on Congress to pass common-sense measures to reduce gun violence," deputy press secretary Josh Earnest said.

"He’ll meet with local law enforcement officials and community leaders to discuss the new measures the state has recently put in place, including closing loopholes in the background-check system to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and others who should not have access to them."

News just circulating now; reported subject is gun violence. We'll update as further word comes in.


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  1. ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

    Big mistake. I can already tell you, the peaceful protests by the silent majority are being organized right now and are going to be historic. Freedom lovers in Occupied Colorado will make this presidential visit one to remember!

  2. The realistThe realist says:

    There's much more I'm tempted to say in response to AGOP, but I'll leave it at this: If you're not part of the solution to gun violence, you're part of the problem.


  3. Gray in Mountains says:

    If there are the protests that the Guppy predicts it will greatly boost President Obama's popularity

    • ArapaGOPArapaGOP says:

      Don't take my word for it, listen to your fellow Democrat!

      "I feel like all these gun bills have done — to quote the last words in the movie 'Tora! Tora ! Tora!' — is to awaken a sleeping giant," Sen. Lois Tochtrop said.

      You're about to find out what she meant.

      • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

        do tell ,mi chihuahua pequeno, how many millions should we expect?

      • OrangeFreeOrangeFree says:

        They have awoken a sleeping giant. But it's not the one you expect. 

        It's a giant made up of urban minority communities who are tired of their kids being killed by guns on the streets. It's a giant made up of middle-class suburban households afraid that their child's school is next. It's a giant made up of educated young professionals who don't think rural sensibilities should drive national policies. 

        And it's a giant that knows more guns is not the solution to gun violence, but less guns.

        I'm afraid it's you in the Vocal minority who have misunderstood the sleeping giant that YOU have awoken. 

      • BlueCatBlueCat says:

        "Don't take my word for it" totally superfluous.  Nobody does already.

  4. dwyer says:

    The tragedy is that the assassination of the head of Corrections proves that all the measures recently adopted would not have prevented the murder.  The parents of Ebel sent him off to camps when he was 12 because he had behavioral problems.

    What happened to him in such places?

    What a sad, sick, mess.

    • No they wouldn't have, you're right. A straw purchaser got the gun for the murderer because he was already on the no-no list.

      However, the straw purchaser would have one more charge filed against her under the new law: failing to perform a background check.

      • dwyer says:

        The Columbine killers got one gun as a result of straw purchase and that individual was prosecuted and sent to jail.  The law doesn't appear to have had the effect of

        preventing a straw purchase.  I think one thing that must be done is to publicize broadly the new laws and the penalities.

    • BlueCatBlueCat says:

      Republicans in  DC voted against increased penalties for straw purchasers such as the one who bought the gun Ebel used. Maybe a 20 year old girl would think twice about such a purchase if the consequences were dire for the straw purchase itself and more so for crimes committed with the gun. She is, after all,  also responsible for the murder. Granted even increased penalties wouldn't prevent all straw purchases.

      But I agree it's a mess. Solitary confinement will definitely make people crazier but what to do you do with an inmate who continually attacks other inmates and prison personnel? Allowing a person to go directly from solitary to release with no transition is obviously a lousy idea but again, while the person is still in prison and a serious threat outside of solitary, what do you do with that person?  Do we need laws that give an inmate a certain number of strikes while in prison after which there will be no release?  And how do we prevent prison gang leaders from ordering crimes outside? It is indeed a tough one.

      On the other hand it's pretty clear that the Sandy Hook shooter's mother should never have supplied her obviously not quite right son with endless violent video gangs and an arsenal. They are now saying there wasn't any sign that the gun safe was be broken into. It was just unlocked. In any case, I don't think his motivation was rage.  I thnk he was a human with a lot of pieces having to do with empathy and connection to other humans missing and that he wanted to experience being inside the game. The only way to do that was to bring the game into the real world where he could be physically present in it.  What on earth could his mother have been thinking encouraging a son with obvious serious problems to focus on violent games and high capacity military style weapons.?

      • The realistThe realist says:

        ". . . while the person is still in prison and a serious threat outside of solitary, what do you do with that person?"

        At the very least you prosecute him in the local court for every single thing he does, and if he's not already been convicted as a habitual criminal, you prosecute for that, too.

        "What on earth could his mother have been thinking encouraging a son with obvious serious problems to focus on violent games and high capacity military style weapons.?"

        We'll never know, of course, but sometimes I wonder if she had a subconscious death wish for herself.


      • dwyer says:

        There is much we do not know about the Sandy Hook killer's medical situation.  We do not know if he were taking drugs – legal or illegal – we don't know if his family had ever sought psychological advice on how to treat him.  We also don't know if some therapist recommend that his mother encourage his interest in guns as a "hobby."

        Mental illness, particularly if there is neurological damage, can be very difficult to diagnose and treat. The public has a right to know what if anything went on with the Sandy Hook killer.

  5. DavieDavie says:

    Ebel, a member of the white supremacist 211 Crew, was disciplined in prison 10 times for verbal abuse, twice for disobeying staff orders, four times for assault and three times for fighting, the records show.

    Read more: Evan Ebel out of prison early thanks to 2011 Colorado law – The Denver Post
    Read The Denver Post's Terms of Use of its content:

    You'd think that at least the four instances of assault would have been prosecuted and result in additional time in prison.  The article also mentioned that their assessment was that he was a high risk (66% probability) for recidivism.

    That was an understatement.



    • dwyer says:

      Evidently, the law that allowed time in administrative segregation  originally had a provision for increased mental health services for such prisoners and it was deleted before final passage.

  6. dwyer says:

    Speaking of neurological damage, my sentence left out the important part and should have read:

    Evidently, the law that allowed time in administrative segregation to be counted towards the "time off for good behavior", originally had a provison for increased mental health services for such prisoners, but that provision was deleted before final passage.


  7. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

     that provision was deleted before final passage.

    by whom?…dare I ask.

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