Colorado gun control Tom Sullivan
Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Aurora (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
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The Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex is made up of gun control advocacy operations like Giffords, the Brady Bunch, Moms Demand Action and Everytown, along with anti-gun politicians and supportive members of the mainstream media…which is just about all of them. And don’t forget their deep-pocketed financiers.

They play a long game of gradually chipping away at Americans’ Second Amendment rights as and where they can. This has been clearly seen in formerly red states that have shaded more purple in recent years, trending toward deep blue. Think Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Virginia, and…Colorado.

Following the Aurora theater shooting, a big push was made to enact a “large capacity” magazine ban in the state. That cost a number of the law’s primary supporters their jobs, but the law still stands (though it’s not being effectively enforced).

This year the legislature pushed through a “red flag” confiscation law. And while a similar recall effort was launched against that bill’s primary sponsor — Rep. Tom Sullivan — the effort fell short.

Now Sullivan is letting it be known that he considers extremism in pursuit of gun control not to be a vice.

In an interview he gave to the Denver Post, Sullivan wants it known that some limitations on Coloradans’ right to keep and bear arms are never enough . . .

“[Gun control] should be something that we discuss on a regular basis,” said Sullivan, a Democrat from Aurora who championed the red flag bill, and whose son was murdered in the 2012 movie theater massacre. “You should see one or two of these types of bills being brought forward, year after year after year, so that collectively, after five or six bills, we’ve tightened things up.”

Sullivan favors the drip-drip-drip approach to pushing the gun control ball forward, gradually boiling the gun rights frog (to mix metaphors).

He has no illusions about the opposition he’ll face.

Sullivan knows how some will interpret that statement: as a declaration of war on the Second Amendment. He insists that safe, responsible gun owners have nothing to fear. He and other Democrats said similar things last legislative session, but the red flag bill subjected them to a backlash that included a failed effort to recall Sullivan.

The next legislative targets they’ll choose aren’t completely clear, but Sullivan appears to be picking what he considers lower-hanging legislative fruit; less incendiary gun control proposals (safe storage mandates, stolen gun requirements) that won’t draw as much heat as the red flag push did.

“It’s coming. It is. That’s why I’m here,” he said.

“I’ve made it clear to my colleagues that I will be standing up for this, and that I’m welcoming their participation as well. Many of them are joining me in starting to put together bill titles, in wanting to be involved.”

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  1. This is why we need a couple more home runs from SCOTUS to dismantle a lot of this nonsense coming from the Left. Especially from Sacramento. Every time we Californians find a way to “comply” with the shifting sands here, the Dems claim there’s a loophole and huddle together to craft another law.

    Heller and MacDonald apparently weren’t enough, so if there’s at least one more solid pro-2A ruling, we can start hitting back fast and hard in the courts.

    • SCOTUS does not want you to have guns that can be used against them. They could have easily fixed the tyranny decades ago instead they claim some gun control is fine. That’s the proof.

      • And by “they”, are you referring to the current Justices, or the Liberals that previously occupied the seats?

        Don’t be a Debbie Downer, Miner49er, er…Vlad.

    • How do you figure? SCOTUS could unanimously declare ALL gun control to be unconstitutional and it wouldn’t change a thing. Until there are direct and severe PERSONAL consequences for the lawmakers who pass such garbage it will continue. SCOTUS is absolutely useless at this point

      • “Until there are direct and severe PERSONAL consequences for the lawmakers who pass such garbage it will continue”

        Prohibition days showed Citizens that the use of force on the enforcers, is what spurs changes. It is perfectly legal to use force on a public servant, who is attempting to deprive a Citizen of their rights under color of law. A person trying to disarm a Citizen is exactly who the Citizen has the right to carry a gun to defend Liberty from.

        Destroy the body and the head dies. In criminal organizations, which our government is the equivalent to, if the head gets cut off then another one grows.

        • That’s only because the actual heads have a whole lot of minions that they can replace the other head with. If one was to cut off the actual heads of State, to wit: Bloomberg and Soros, you’d see the assaults on liberty dwindle so fast heads would spin.
          For as long as we keep on believing that the figureheads are the ones with real power, the ones in the shadows who own those figureheads will just keep buying more and more politicians and media networks…. with taxpayer funds, OFC. So long as they keep the money and we’re happy with lies, nothing can ever change.

    • “This is why we need a couple more home runs from SCOTUS to dismantle a lot of this nonsense coming from the Left.”

      I’d rather see the good people of Colorado wake up and take care of themselves. Ditto for other states. Thinking a system of courts will take care of people who don’t seem to give a damn for their God-given rights is ludicrous. Use your rights or give them up.

      • I am a resident of Colorado since 1966 and it went slowly from traditional American values to a California style miasma stinking the place up. Influx from Calif Texas and Arizona and a new governor that is touted as the first out of the closet homosexual governor. He welcomes illegal immigrants and hates detractors enough to have citizens assaulted by his thugs.
        We have barely any 2nd Amendment left here and state’s have Rights over federal govt unless a federal law is broken. The DOJ is corrupt anyway and SCOTUS was a bad idea to begin with.
        We have red flag starting Jan1 but a court is supposed to hear an attempt to block it. It is the most threatening of all laws and once a law is passed good luck on reversal. It will occur in your state too if people do not organize BIG TIME. Most are not grasping this stuff and I suggest you all stop your chatter and get to work.

  2. It’s been said a million times, but bears repeating because it appears that some just don’t learn…

    “Give them an inch, and they’ll take a mile”

  3. Sullivan was a douche when I lived in Aurora. I wouldn’t have expected him to change.

    Aurora is a shithole and APD is about as unprofessional as they come in terms of a LEA. It doesn’t change because the area is basically transitory. Not a lot of people decide to make Aurora a permanent home these days.

    • TTAG does know that the state Supreme Court is about to rule on constitutionality of the mag ban sometime by spring right? I’m not getting my hopes up, but it looks like it may get overturned.

      • I doubt it, but one can hope I suppose. Hardly anyone is abiding by that law anyway. I would venture to say there are more mags now than before this stupid knee-jerk law went into affect.

        • That’s a virtual certainty. Right before the law went into effect people were buying them by the case and, now, they are still available everywhere in “kit” form. The stupid ban has had exactly the opposite of its intended impact.

  4. “[Gun control] should be something that we discuss on a regular basis,” said Sullivan, a Democrat from Aurora…

    I agree with this part. I believe we should discuss why things like strict gun control has left Chicago with more people killed in a year than the whole State of Kentucky. maybe we should discuss why Detroit has become safer for the honest law-abiding citizens and more dangerous for the criminals since it has become easier to get a weapons permit. Maybe we could discuss why California is becoming a Sh!t #ole, filled with crime, violence and drugs but they think they need more gun restrictions when they already seem to have everything.

    There could be a lot of good discussions about guns and they do need to be brought up often.

  5. We must never give an inch to these traitors. And hopefully the conservative judges and justices that are being appointed by Mr. President Trump will overturn these unconstitutional ‘laws’.

  6. He would load people in the box cars himself And tell them they were going to a safe location for their safety.

  7. Sullivan should go to his sons grave and tell him how sorry he is for helping his son be murdered molon labe Sullivan. You want my kids slaughtered too you are of your father the devil

  8. We often forget that the over riding agenda of the gun control people is to abolish the Second Amendment and take all firearms out of the hands of the people. Everything they do is dedicated to that cause – its their full time job, their religion and their way of life. Pro gun people on the other hand have jobs, families, hobbies, interests like hunting and fishing and shooting, and generally much more profitable and pleasant things to occupy their time. If you look back at history you see that the full time revolutionaries and propagandists often succeed because their message is undiluted and endlessly repeated by people who have nothing better to do with their lives. The pro gun guys would much rather go deer hunting and the full time “spokesmen” on our side are too busy buying new suits and running the NRA out of business.

  9. Would these anti-gun organizations ever go out of business? No, they won’t. They will always seek to ban guns. They will always seek contributions and support. Would Gabby Giffords ever say “Hey we’re done. Let’s go home.” Hell no.

  10. Just need to vote him out of Office. He is tainted and emotionally vested in his Son’s death. Justice was served but Sullivan wants more than a pound of flesh. He wants all guns banned and that is his mission in life. Sad but pathetic, as the recipients of those gun control laws are law abiding citizens and not criminals that take lives like his Son.

  11. And what do you suppose he will do, once he’s gotten rid of all of the guns?

    That’s what scares me about people like him. What has been done is never, ever enough; there is no point at which their work is done. Even if it is … They don’t stop.

    • People need to read this carefully and fully internalize what it says and what it means.

      “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,–That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.”

  12. From what I’ve just read I don’t think his son’s death has anything to do with his bill writing. He just using that to get a sympathy vote. The whole of this gun law bs is to have a platform to get elected. You don’t think they all believe their own lies do you?
    Sinclair, if you read this, I am truly sorry for your loss. No parent should out live their children. Why do you blame the weapon? Instead of commercializing your son’s death to advance your anti gun platform I would think you’d be demanding a return to hanging murders, rapist, child molesters, and horse thieves. You need to check yourself. You àre way out of step.

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