Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Local Republicans concerned about mass shooting possibility

Posted By on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 at 12:21 PM

  • El Paso County Republican Party
  • Jeff Hays
El Paso County Republican Party Chair Jeff Hays wants local Republicans to know that he's beefing up security for tonight's debate watch party.

Hays says he's concerned about safety after a Fountain woman called Planned Parenthood and threatened to shoot Republicans. (Planned Parenthood, whose Colorado Springs office was the site of a recent mass shooting, reported the call to police who arrested the woman.) Hays says he's also concerned that Loring Wirbel made a post saying Donald Trump supporters should be told they would be shot. Wirbel, who freelances stories for the Independent’s music section, resigned his position as co-chair of the Colorado Springs chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union due to uproar about the comments.

Hays sent out the following email to local Republicans:

My fellow Republicans,

At El Paso County Republican Headquarters, we are doing everything possible to ensure our constituents’ safety. We are also calling out the hypocritical left.

There have been two serious threats against local Republicans within the last week. First, a Fountain woman was arrested after threatening to “shoot up the Republican Party.” Then, the chairman of the Colorado Springs ACLU was forced to resign after saying, “I will have to shoot you [Trump supporters] before election day.”

To read about the El Paso County Republican Party’s central role in bringing the ACLU comments to light, see these stories in The Gazette, The Washington Post, The New York Post, and The Daily Mail, to list only a few publications that ran articles exposing the left’s hypocrisy.

As a professional risk analyst, I have always insisted on security precautions at our meetings and events. We are bolstering them now. Rest assured there will be robust security at our debate watch party tomorrow, Tuesday, December 15, at Stargazers Theatre, 10 S. Parkside Dr., Colorado Springs CO, 80910. Doors open at 6:00 PM and the debate begins at 7:00. The event is free and open to the public.

The El Paso County Republican Party remains vigilant, but we need your help. We are a volunteer organization, and we receive no funding from the Republican National Committee. To join with us in advancing the cause of freedom, please sign up for a sustaining, monthly contribution of $20 here.


Jeff Hays
Chairman, El Paso County Republican Party

P.S. We are proud to support Toys for Tots every winter. Run by the US Marine Corps, Toys for Tots distributes toys, books, and other meaningful gifts to children who may not otherwise receive anything for Christmas. Our drive ends Wednesday, December 16. We will be accepting new items in their original packaging at Tuesday's debate watch party.

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