Colorado movie massacre gunman James Holmes was found guilty on Thursday of multiple counts of first degree murder, a verdict that enables prosecutors to seek the death penalty for the former graduate student who killed a dozen people and wounded 70 at a midnight premiere of a Batman film in 2012.
After a three-month trial in which they were presented with thousands of pieces of evidence and testimony from hundreds of witnesses, jurors deliberated for about a day and a half, then found Holmes guilty on all 165 counts against him. The panel of nine women and three men rejected the defense’s claim that Holmes was legally insane.
State senators John Morse and Angela Giron are becoming the first Colorado legislators ever to be recalled from office Tuesday, caught in the vortex of a national gun rights debate.
Morse has conceded defeat. And with about 24,000 votes counted in Pueblo, Sen. Angela Giron is trailing by 60 to 40 percent and also is in danger of being recalled from office. A total of 14,306 voters backed the recall and 9,581 opposed it.
Morse, the state’s Senate President, says his recall is “symbolic.”
With only a couple of weeks remaining before Colorado’s recall elections targeting Senate president John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron, the big guns of the anti-gun movement have checked in with their checkbooks.
According to contribution reports filed with the Secretary of State, New York Michael Bloomberg chipped in $350,000 to Taxpayers for Responsible Democracy, the committee organized to fight the recall move by voters in Morse and Giron’s districts outraged at their having played key roles in pushing Colorado’s new gun laws.
Bloomberg’s not the only big-buck contributor. According to the filings, other contributors gave from $20,000 to $250,000 of the $708,000 in contributions raised between April 2 and August 22. In all, more than 17,000 contributions were received, but the bulk of the money came from anti-gun supporters outside Colorado.
Obviously, a site like GunPundit is going to support Magpul’s decision to move out of Colorado after a law banning the sale or transfer of magazines holding more than 15 rounds was signed by the Governor last month. And poking fun at the idiots who passed such a law or those that support it is part and parcel to Murdoc’s role.
Even so, this opinion piece by Rick Tosches in the Denver Post seems, well, sort of deranged:
Tosches: Go ahead, Magpul. Move. Wyoming seems nice.
Is that what passes for an opinion in the Denver Post?
Apparently Gov Hickenlooper has announced that he will sign HB 1224 on Wednesday. We were asked for our reaction, and here is what we said:
We have said all along that based on the legal problems and uncertainties in the bill, as well as general principle, we will have no choice but to leave if the Governor signs this into law. We will start our transition out of the state almost immediately, and we will prioritize moving magazine manufacturing operations first. We expect the first PMAGs to be made outside CO within 30 days of the signing
The trial of that orange-haired jackass continues and
out of all the movie theaters within 20 minutes of his apartment showing the new Batman movie that night, it was the only one where guns were banned. In Colorado, individuals with permits can carry concealed handgun in most malls, stores, movie theaters, and restaurants. But private businesses can determine whether permit holders can carry guns on their private property.
Most movie theaters allow permit holders carrying guns. But the Cinemark movie theater was the only one with a sign posted at the theater’s entrance.
And then there’s
With just one single exception, the attack in Tucson last year, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.
It’s almost like people planning on killing lots of other people are intentionally selecting places where the targets are most likely to be unarmed.
Colorado, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota and Virgina have no-permit-needed legislation in the works. They’d join Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming.
South Dakota is just waiting for the governor’s signature.
Oh, wait…no they’re not.
Barry Noreen: Concealed-carry permits haven’t caused problems
Since 2007, the number of concealed-carry permits in El Paso County has more than doubled, but there has not been a corresponding jump in gun violence by the permit holders.
You can believe whatever you want, but at some point it comes down to results, and nothing suggests that life here has become more dangerous because of concealed-carry permits.
Also see Noreen’s blog entry: Concealed-carry permits not for everyone, but they’re not sinister