John Hickenlooper on Gun Control



School shootings weaken country by terrorizing ourselves

Q [to Hickenlooper and Kasich together]: Your reflections on the school shooting in Florida?

Gov. John HICKENLOOPER (D-CO): We're at the point where we're allowing ourselves to be terrorized by ourselves. If you wanted to weaken this country, what better way to do it than to make children afraid to go to school? And it's not just schools; it's churches; it's listening to a country music concert; it's all the places that we create community are now being threatened by our inability to deal with this.

Gov. John KASICH (R-OH): What I've asked people to do is you've got to search your heart on this: this is not about who's got political power; this is not about campaign contributions; this is about how you want to look in the mirror and think about what you'd do when you were in. Nobody wants to take everybody's guns away, nobody wants to repeal the second amendment, oh a few people, but this is about reasonable approaches to keep our community safe.

Source: ABC This Week 2018 interviews of 2020 hopefuls , Feb 25, 2018

Develop a program to reduce suicides by gun

Since 2012 auto fatalities have dropped to near-historic lows because we prioritized and put resources behind education and safety programs. We need to put the same effort into increasing awareness of the links between mental health, suicide, and guns. We're partnering with gun shops, firing ranges and firearm safety instructors on a pilot program to make sure suicide prevention is part of the conversation when addressing gun safety and education.
Source: 2016 State of the State speech to Colorado legislature , Jan 14, 2016

CO cares about 2nd Amendment, but also safe communities

Q: The Arapahoe High School shooting happened eight miles from Columbine, where we had another of these awful shootings. Is there any connection here?

HICKENLOOPER: Well, we don't think so. Some people have suggested perhaps there's a copycat element to this. But he bought the gun legally; then he bought a large amount of ammunition. Having had these episodes in the past, we do have strategies and protocols in place, where we had a deputy sheriff who was there within a minute of the first shots.

Q: You had two state legislators who were recalled from office because they led the effort to tighten gun laws out there. Where do you see this going?

HICKENLOOPER: Two things that Coloradoans deeply care about is the protection of their Second Amendment rights, but they also care deeply about making their community safer. Things like universal background checks, I think they are going to make us safer. But in this specific case, it's not going to make a difference at all.

Source: Face the Nation 2013. on 2014 Colorado gubernatorial race , Dec 15, 2013

Universal background checks & ban on high capacity magazines

Tancredo said his choice to run against Hickenlooper again was partially to do with the governor's push for new gun control laws. Hickenlooper's popularity has slipped in recent months, arguably due to controversial legislation he signed into law that Democratic lawmakers passed in the statehouse including universal background checks on all firearm sales and transfers and a ban on high capacity magazines that hold more than 15 rounds.

However it's difficult to say with certainty just how much the state's strict new gun control laws play into voters' feelings on Hickenlooper. In early 2013 polling, Colorado voters overwhelmingly favored universal background check legislation and a strong majority supported a ban on high capacity magazines which hold more than 10 rounds.

Source: Huffington Post on 2014 Colorado Governor race , Dec 6, 2013

State Senate "Line item recall" about too-strict gun control

Q: Two Democrats in the state Senate were recalled over their support for further gun control regulation in Colorado. What are we to make of that on the national scale?

HICKENLOOPER: Definitely what we called this was a "line item recall." I'm not sure it has a national message or even a statewide message.

Q: Is there unease with the broader Democratic social agenda?

HICKENLOOPER: No. I saw most of the campaign literature in both of those recall campaigns. To the vast majority, it was very specific about universal background checks, high capacity magazines.

Q: NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg heads up a mayor's group that is pushing for more gun control. He sunk a lot of money into trying to save these two Democratic state senators. Was it helpful?

HICKENLOOPER: In Colorado, like a lot of western states, we like to solve our own problems with our own people. So, there is a certain resentment when any outside money whether it's from Bloomberg or from National Rifle Association.

Source: CNN SOTU 2013 interview on 2014 Colorado gubernatorial race , Sep 15, 2013

Universal background checks but no assault weapon ban

Q: The gun legislation that you signed this week in Colorado, a hunting state, has been described as one of the toughest gun laws in the country, and yet, you didn't include semi-assault weapons ban at all.

HICKENLOOPER: After the shootings last summer in the movie theater, we really focused on mental health first then universal background checks. Colorado is a state where we have a long tradition of a relationship with guns and hunting and that traditional approach from father to child. So we tried to tighten up a little bit things like universal background checks which clearly make a significant difference, that's where we put our initial focus.

Q: Do you think that the Congress is wrong not to go after an assault weapons ban?

HICKENLOOPER: I think the feeling right now around assault weapons at least in Colorado is that they're so hard to define what an assault weapon is. There's a lot of questions whether the federal ban made a difference. It's a tough sell.

Source: CNN SOTU 2013 interview on 2014 Colorado gubernatorial race , Mar 24, 2013

Keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill

Keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill There are no easy solutions to addressing the difficult problem of gun violence and mental health. Some point to guns, others to a violent culture. Still others believe that the line between community security and individual freedom must be re-drawn.

Keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill can find common ground in support of this proposition: Let's examine our laws and make the changes needed to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. It's not enough to prevent dangerous people from getting weapons. We have to do a better

Source: 2013 Colorado State of the State address , Jan 10, 2013

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