"A police chief is non-partisan and not accountable to an electorate, and is more likely to advocate for politically unpopular policies, like gun laws." -- Bill Guman
Actually Police Chiefs tend to be more partisan because they serve at the pleasure of and need to appease the politicians who appointed them. They have repeatedly been shown to not represent the opinions of the rank and file cops. They will support the positions endorsed by any politicians who promise them more money and more manpower.
"It would indeed be interesting if we placed gun laws on a statewide ballot. Opponents of our new gun laws might be surprised at the results."
Given the incredible lack of knowledge about anything regarding firearms by the general public, I would not be surprised if they would support some pretty dumb laws. Remember the 1994 Assault Weapon Ban? Do you know how many of the general public mistakenly thought it banned machine guns? The reality was it had absolutely nothing to do with machine guns. You might find support for banning AR-15s even though rifles of any kind, of which AR-15s are a subset, account for less homicides than hands and feet and less than knives. Many of the general public think hollow-points are illegal.
The bottom line is the laws might pass, but it would be out of sheer ignorance on the part of the public.
Look at the Universal Background Check and the arbitrary magazine capacity limit -- both of these laws are nearly impossible to enforce and there is no evidence that they would be effective at reducing violence involving firearms. They have support because THEY SOUND GOOD. But when you actually take more than five minutes to think about how they would work, they fall apart pretty quickly.
"First, The Assault Weapons Responsibility Act was withdrawn by Sen. Morse and will not be reintroduced. Second, the bill specifically had many exemptions: one being the situation of an intruder coming into your home (i.e., a "Make My Day" exemption); in that case, you could not be held liable. The Act was also intended for cases of negligence in storing or transferring an assault weapon, or for cases where state/federal laws were violated." -- Carol Hoffman
One thing that is true is that the bill would have classified 1870s era single shot rifles as "assault weapons".
Someone said the other day at lunch in Manitou that the city officials should lead by example. They should take the shuttle or pay for parking instead of having free parking in the back of city hall or on the side.
Hey scoots, tell me something. How come liberals are so whiny?
Three out of four comments are from right-wing cranks. Typical from our village.
If City Council chooses to ignore the will of the voters on this, they will face the wrath of the voters come election day, when we replace them with representatives who will actually represent us.
Well Stacey...if that is the case, that the next generation can't cover our benefits, then we'll have to stop giving away in-state tuition to illegals, stop housing and feeding the poor, stop paying for condoms for the immoral...because we paid into the government for benefits and they spent the money on these other things, but still own us for what we gave them the money to cover.
Okayyyyyyy, let's step back just a bit. Your bio here at the Indy states "after failing to graduate from college in 1962", let's be as generous as we can and say that in 1962 you were 17 or 18 out of high school. That makes you 68 or 69 years old! Yeah, that Mayor Bach, what a relic! Just a thought, not all Republicans are old, white haired people and not all Democrats are young hipsters, as I am sure your voting record and mirror can attest to. Some of your opinion on the past may, or may not, be valid but you got all the rest wrong. The future is going to be real interesting for Boomers such as yourself. You expect these young kids (Millenials or whatnot) to pay for your Medicare, Social Security, Medicare Drug Benefit Plan and the rest. It isn't possible. You Boomers vastly outnumber them, and have you seen the education level of these kids? I have seen 4 year degrees that cannot properly use the english language. If you think these sign-twirlers are going to pay that kind of money, I have a bridge to sell you. So they are going to be impoverished and watching you Boomers collecting mad cash from the government, even if you don't need it. This is going to get real interesting in a about 5 years. I know I have my popcorn ready.
Something that you (John) and liberals everywhere seem to miss, conservatives and even Republicans are much broader based than simply religious zealots. Unfortunately, religion does have and has had a loud voice. I think it is time for fiscally conservative Libertarians to step up and save the state and more importantly the country. Liberals have made an abysmal mess of their opportunity and the mostly politically ignorant populace is taking notice.
Well written Mr. Hazlehurst!! Another example of journalism being more than an organized collection of factual information. Here we can be uplifted and inspired by the use of language and the heart.
As usual, pathetically ignorant and bigoted.
If you want to tell them or ask question just go to their facebook Manitou Springs Information and they have all the information.
The problem is that the IRS was fine with letting the big government liberals using 501 C$ status to promote a big government agenda that meant more money and less work for the IRS. But when conservatives woke up and tried to do the same, they all of a sudden called into the question that which had been allowed previously.
If these groups are going to be exempt then they need a category for groups that fit their description.
I agree with Regina DiPadova...as a conservative I am opposed to redefining marriage but I am not opposed to gay people. And I voted on amendment 2 in whatever way it was that was on side the side of human rights (that was slightly confusing).
Hey Wolf, to what do you believe Hillary will be elected in 2014?
I suggest that any visitor or business owner not wanting metered parking read work done by Donald Shoup. Parking is a scarce commodity and we generally under-price it. That leads to people staying in one spot for a long time and keeping others (customers) from using it.
In Parking Demand Management, the ideal is one or two spots open on every block. Those that want to park right in front of high-value areas pay more than those that are willing to park a few blocks away and walk.
One other thing...in many places, business owners over-estimate the number of customers that arriving by personal motor vehicle and thus over-emphasize free or low cost parking. I imagine that may be the case in Manitou as well.
The recall of John Morse is certainly a 'hot button' issue. If you are on 'the other side of the fence' and do not see the need to vote for this recall, and would like to volunteer to encourage a NO vote, please sign up - and also voice your opinion on the Marijuana Issue: Allow or Ban? Thank you.
To Regina DiPadova: so you resent being called a "hater", but I'll wager you have no compunction whatsoever calling others "haters" if they have the audacity to disagree with your beliefs. I'm curious if you can see the duplicity and hypocrisy in that? I doubt it.
Hillary will be elected in 2014 and finally we will have a great twofer- She and Bill will bring some real changes , and long overdue- gun laws, health care.
It's about time a really smart and very funny piece was written on Weiner- and the many weiners that are out there- the Tea party members, gun lobbyists,etc.
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