FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mon., Mar. 8, 2021
Self-defense rights must not be restricted
HB 1106 exploits trauma for political gain
DENVER—Late Monday evening the Democrat supermajority advanced a bill to restrict self-defense rights. House Bill 1106 is touted as a measure to protect Coloradans, but it ultimately exploits trauma for political gain. Jonathan Lockwood, running for Colorado GOP chair, released the following statement:
“Self-defense is a human right. House Bill 1106, however well-intentioned some of its supporters may be, ultimately exploits trauma for political gain. We cannot allow our self-defense rights to be restricted. The Colorado Republican Party must stand strongly against this legislation, as it is an invitation to violence.”
The House of Representatives passed HB 1106, which imposes restrictive standards for storing lawfully-owned and responsibly managed firearms, making responsible Coloradans sitting ducks when attacked by violent criminals in their own home. The bill criminalizes lawfully owning a firearm for self-defense through regulatory measures. A sponsor of the bill, Democrat state Rep. Kyle Mullica, D-Northglenn, cited a study by Children’s Hospital detailing the horror of suicides among minors. But the report, and those using it for political ploys, are being symptomatic and are not looking at these issues from an integrated public policy perspective.
“We cannot have any conversation about restricting self-defense rights as a scapegoat for the drug industry’s direct role in mass shootings and suicides. We also have students isolated and restricted as a result of the failure to fully reopen all schools for in-person learning,” Lockwood added. “Holding accountable the drug industry, having tough conversations about well-being and mental health, and ensuring Colorado’s children are set up for success and fulfillment will do more to help improve outcomes in Colorado.”
Lockwood slammed Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., for pushing a drug industry defense attorney for a judicial appointment by the Biden Administration (which defied their request for civil rights attorneys and public defenders). The attorney defended the drug company Eli Lilly, known famously its role in the nexus created by their drugs and suicides and mass shootings. The drug industry and the status quo is what is killing children, restricting self-defense rights is not the approach that will solve this problem, Lockwood believes:
“No one in the Legislature is talking about holding accountable the real culprits of suicide and violence, instead they put law-abiding citizens in their crosshairs.”
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