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US: Colorado (News/Activism)

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  • Cover-up: Media hide key fact in school shooting (...sudden turn after gunman's politics revealed)

    12/17/2013 6:49:08 PM PST · by Perseverando · 21 replies
    WND ^ | December 16, 2013 | Drew Zahn
    When Adam Lanza stormed into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14, 2012, opening fire on schoolchildren and sending kindergartners scrambling into closets for protection, American news outlets immediately began asking the desperate question, “Why?” What made Lanza into a school shooter and mass murderer? Was it his family background, his reported autism, his political viewpoints, even his time spent in homeschooling? Thoroughly profiling the perpetrator has become the first response of the American media in every shocking crime from Sandy Hook to the Boston Marathon bombing and more. But almost one year to the date...
  • Hickenlooper: New Gun Laws Had No Impact on Arapahoe HS Shooting

    12/17/2013 6:50:58 AM PST · by rellimpank · 46 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | 17 dec 2013 | Valerie Richardson
    CENTENNIAL—Democrats have long insisted the state’s new gun laws were passed to help stop mass shootings, but Gov. John Hickenlooper said Sunday that the measures did nothing to prevent a teen gunman from storming Arapahoe High School. In an interview on CBS-TV’s “Face the Nation,” the Democratic governor was asked why the laws failed to avert Friday’s shooting at the suburban high school. “You actually passed some pretty tough gun laws out there in Colorado after those other incidents happened, and yet they continue to happen,” said moderator Bob Schieffer. Hickenlooper responded that Coloradans “care deeply” about two things: protecting...
  • Gun-Rights Backers Gag on Sandwich Analogy From Governor’s Media Adviser ( Colorado )

    12/17/2013 5:52:41 AM PST · by george76 · 16 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | December 16, 2013 | Valerie Richardson
    Gun-rights advocates are having trouble digesting a social-media post from a senior advisor to Gov. John Hickenlooper that compares the right to bear arms with the right to bear a ham sandwich. “’Constitutional rights,’” yes. But #gunrights? Isn’t that like #hamsandwichrights or #lightbulbrights or #bombrights or #humanrights…wait,” says the message from Max Potter, the governor’s senior media adviser, on Twitter. Former Rep. Tom Tancredo, who’s running for the Republican nomination for governor, said the tweet seems to claim that “there is no Second Amendment,” and called on the governor to explain the message. “The tweet implies that the governor looks...
  • Colorado revolt: 55 of 62 sheriffs refuse to enforce new gun laws.

    12/16/2013 2:40:21 PM PST · by george76 · 55 replies
    Washington Times ^ | December 16, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Fully 55 of the 62 sheriffs that serve in Colorado have outright refused to enforce the state’s new gun laws — the requirement for universal background checks and the ban on ammunition magazines that hold more than 15 rounds. They say the laws are unconstitutional and too vague. ... These are the same 55 sheriffs who, in May, tried to challenge the constitutionality of the state laws in a federal court. U.S. District Judge Marcia Kreiger told the sheriffs that they don’t have standing — or legal authority — to challenge the laws as a group. But the legal challenge...
  • Sen. Mark Udall (D, Colorado) lied about #obamacare: watch him get called on it here.

    12/16/2013 10:20:02 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 12/16/13 | Moe Lane
    Ladies and gentlemen, expect a war in the Colorado Senate race. Senator Udall, don’t you DARE tell more lies about this healthcare mess. YOU’RE the one who took away our doctors. YOU’RE the one who cancelled our plans. You looked us in the eye, Senator Udall, and you lied. That is coming out of IACE Action, which is connected to I Am Created Equal, which is a group that featured heavily in John Morse’s recent abrupt transition from Colorado state Senate President to private citizen. …And they ain’t shy, huh? Moe Lane (crosspost) PS: Mark Udall really did lie about...
  • Inconvenient Truths About Latest Colorado School Shooting

    12/16/2013 8:35:09 AM PST · by detective · 67 replies
    AIM ^ | 12/16/2013 | Roger Aronoff
    Coming as it did on the weekend of the one-year anniversary of the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting that killed 26, plus the killer, and wounded two more, it is not surprising that the media downplayed or ignored aspects of the Friday the 13th school shooting in Centennial, Colorado, just miles away from both Columbine and Aurora, the scenes of two other horrific mass shootings. But this latest incident offered a couple of narratives that the media preferred to ignore. The shooter was Karl Pierson, an 18-year-old, described as very bright, and an excellent debater, who had had run-ins with his...
  • Sheriffs Refuse to Enforce Laws on Gun Control

    12/16/2013 5:56:55 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 15, 2013 | ERICA GOODE
    GREELEY, Colo. — When Sheriff John Cooke of Weld County explains in speeches why he is not enforcing the state’s new gun laws, he holds up two 30-round magazines. One, he says, he had before July 1, when the law banning the possession, sale or transfer of the large-capacity magazines went into effect. The other, he “maybe” obtained afterward. He shuffles the magazines, which look identical, and then challenges the audience to tell the difference. “How is a deputy or an officer supposed to know which is which?” he asks. Colorado’s package of gun laws, enacted this year after mass...
  • Newspaper Removes 'Socialist' Description of Accused Arapahoe High School Shooter

    12/16/2013 3:26:36 AM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 12/16/2013 | Joe Newby
    An article originally published at the Denver Post on Friday cited a classmate who described Karl Pierson, the alleged Arapahoe High School shooter, as a “very opinionated Socialist.” But the paper edited the article since it was first published, scrubbing the reference to socialism, Twitchy reported Saturday, citing a post at Bearing Arms. “Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with the gunman, described him as a very opinionated Socialist,” the Post originally said. But in a move reminiscent of George Orwell’s “1984,” the description was removed. The article now says: Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with Pierson,...
  • CO gunman liked debate, but acted "weird"

    12/15/2013 9:03:58 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    KRDO ^ | 12/14/13 | Michael Martinez and Stan Wilson
    To many of his neighbors, Colorado school gunman Karl Pierson was the wholesome boy next door who liked achievement and ran on the cross country team. He even worked on an Eagle Scout project two years ago. -snip- "He was a weird kid," Davis said. "He's a self-proclaimed communist, just wears Soviet shirts all the time." Pierson became easily aggravated, "always liked to be right" and didn't like losing, Davis said.
  • Mother of girl in Colorado first-grade kissing suspension says boy's punishment was merited

    12/15/2013 9:21:14 AM PST · by Zakeet · 73 replies
    Fox News/AP ^ | December 14, 2013
    The mother of a girl involved in the case of a 6-year-old Colorado boy who was suspended for giving a classmate unwanted kisses says the school did the right thing. [Snip] First-grader Hunter Yelton was given a two-day suspension, with a sexual harassment infraction on his discipline record. The boy's mother said the "sexual harassment" mark was too harsh.
  • Crude from Colorado rides train to new railport

    12/15/2013 7:23:50 AM PST · by thackney · 7 replies
    Houston Chronicle via Fuel Fix ^ | December 15, 2013 | A Union Pacific train carrying 70 tanker cars of crude oil from Colorado rolled into the Port of Be
    A Union Pacific train carrying 70 tanker cars of crude oil from Colorado rolled into the Port of Beaumont’s Orange County Terminal last week — the first to arrive at a new facility built for such shipments. Called a unit train because it carried a single cargo to one destination, it brought 43,000 barrels of oil from the Niobrara Shale in Colorado to the Jefferson Transload Railport for use by an area refinery.
  • Girl, 17, fights for life after she was shot point blank in the head by school gunman...

    12/15/2013 7:16:41 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | December 14, 2013 | LYDIA WARREN, MEGHAN KENEALLY and ASHLEY COLLMAN
    The 17-year-old student shot in the head during the Colorado school shooting is still in critical condition. Claire Davis, a senior at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, was shot at point blank range by fellow student Karl Pierson yesterday afternoon. Pierson had entered the school armed with a shotgun and petrol bombs, seemingly intent on killing his debate team coach Tracy Murphy. Claire's father said earlier today that his daughter was 'not doing very well' after having surgery. The popular teenager would have had no time to get out of the way as Pierson entered the school and started shooting...
  • Bangert: Shooting at childhood school creates conflicted feelings about guns

    12/15/2013 4:48:49 AM PST · by real saxophonist · 33 replies
    Greeley Tribune ^ | 15 Dec 13 | Randy Bangert
    Bangert: Shooting at childhood school creates conflicted feelings about guns So I’m intently watching the TV in our newsroom about the Friday afternoon shooting at my high school, Arapahoe, where I graduated in 1972. I watch the view from a TV helicopter as students are lined up in rows around the school, to go through police checks. Although I haven’t been back in the school since my sisters’ graduations, memories quickly come to the surface of classes, friends, teachers, athletics and the school newspaper. I watch as students and families are told to go to the nearby Shepherd of the...
  • Arapahoe High Gunman: Republicans Are the Party of 'Let 'em Die'

    12/15/2013 2:39:52 AM PST · by Wanderer99 · 30 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/14/13 | John Nolte
    Early news reports have identified the Arapahoe High School gunman as Karl Halverson Pierson, an 18-year-old student. Pierson is believed to be responsible for wounding one other student before shooting and killing himself with a shotgun. The Denver Post reports that Pierson had "very strong political beliefs" and that one Facebook post he authored tore into Republicans as the political party that wanted to let people die: "[Y]ou republicans are so cute" his post reads, with an image that says: "The Republican Party: Health Care: Let 'em Die, Climate Change: Let 'em Die, Gun Violence: Let 'em Die, Women's Rights:...
  • Sheriff: Colorado gunman wanted to hurt many more

    12/14/2013 5:26:15 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 53 replies
    WBAY.COM ^ | 14 DECEMBER 2013 | AP
    By DAN ELLIOTT and P. SOLOMON BANDA Associated Press CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A teenager who wounded a fellow student before killing himself at a suburban Denver high school entered the building with a shotgun, a machete, three Molotov cocktails and ammunition strapped to his body, likely intending to track down a librarian who had disciplined him, authorities said Saturday. After firing a round down a hallway, Karl Pierson, 18, shot a fellow student who just happened to be sitting nearby with a friend as he headed toward the library. Claire Davis, 17, was shot in the head at point-blank...
  • A Moral Revolution at Warp Speed—Now, It’s Wedding Cakes

    12/14/2013 3:00:57 PM PST · by rhema · 45 replies
    AlbertMohler.com ^ | 12/11/13 | Albert Mohler, Jr.
    Six months. That’s how long it took to get from the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act to the decision of a Colorado judge ordering a Christian baker to make a cake for a same-sex ceremony. Just six months. Back in June, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Windsor case, ruling that the Defense of Marriage Act, passed overwhelmingly by both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996, was unconstitutional. Six months later, judge Robert N. Spencer, an administrative law judge in Colorado, ruled that Jack...
  • Obama marks Newtown school shooting anniversary with call for gun control

    12/14/2013 10:25:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 14, 2013 | Mark Felsenthal
    President Barack Obama marked the anniversary of the Newtown school shootings on Saturday by calling for tighter gun control and expanded mental healthcare, and by lighting 26 candles to commemorate the victims. "We haven't yet done enough to make our communities and our country safer," the president said in his weekly address. "We have to do more to keep dangerous people from getting their hands on a gun so easily. We have to do more to heal troubled minds." Obama did not mention the shooting at a Colorado high school on Friday where a student armed with a shotgun wounded...
  • Hunted teacher tried to lure shooter away from school (Hero or Coward?)

    12/14/2013 10:08:57 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 93 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/13/13 | Jeane MacIntosh and Bob Fredericks
    A Colorado teen hell-bent on confronting his former debate team coach stormed his high school and shot and wounded a female student before killing himself — just eight miles from Columbine and on the eve of the Newtown massacre’s first anniversary. Alleged Arapahoe High School shooter Karl Pierson. The shotgun-toting teen stalked into Arapahoe HS in Centennial at around 12:30 p.m. local time — hunting for the coach, whom he angrily called out by name, said Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson. “The [staffer] exited the school immediately. It was a very good tactical decision to try to take the student...
  • Student On Arapahoe School Shooter: "Very Proud Of Being A Socialist" (video)

    12/14/2013 1:19:40 PM PST · by i88schwartz · 35 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | Dec 14, 2013 | RealClearPolitics
    The gunman responsible for Friday's shooting at Arapahoe High School in Colorado is being described as a "socialist" by his fellow students. "He was friendly enough. Very proud of being a socialist. He was very outspoken on his political views," student Angie Mock said. "To him, it just meant economic -- more economic equality."
  • Denver Post Edits “Socialist” Out of Description of Arapahoe School Shooter

    12/14/2013 12:53:52 PM PST · by servo1969 · 37 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 12-14-2013 | Jim Hoft
    More media tricks… After thinking things over, the Denver Post decided to delete the fact that Arapahoe School shooter Kark Pierson was a committed socialist from their news report. This is from the original article: The gunman’s parents divorced in late 2011, according to court records. The divorce was finalized in August 2012. Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with the gunman, described him as a very opinionated Socialist. “He was exuberant I guess,” Conrad said. “A lot of people picked on him, but it didn’t seem to bother him.” And, here is the updated article, sans “socialist.” Pierson’s...