Gun Control & Mental Health

I sent my letter regarding the Connecticut shooting to ten of my elected officials.  In the hope of keeping them accountable, today I am going to let you know where each of them stand.  I will follow up on this as more details become available.

Colorado State Representative Dave Young: The only person who has responded to my letter thus far.  It was a beautiful response.  His focus is threefold: Better mental health help in Colorado; limit gun ownership for those with serious mental illnesses; close the gun show loophole.  Although he does not agree with me on banning semi-automatic weapons and extended clips, that is okay.  That needs to be done at the Federal level anyway.
Colorado State Representative Steve Humphrey [No Public Comment or Response Yet]
Colorado State Senator Scott Renfroe [No Public Comment or Response Yet]
Colorado State Senator Glenn Vaad  [No Public Comment or Response Yet]
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper: He helped put together a much needed mental health expansion in Colorado–which needs to be approved by our state congress.  He also called for closing the Gun Show Loophole.  Hickenlooper called for “a debate” to take place regarding gun control, but has yet to release any specifics.

U.S. Representative Cory Gardner [No Public Comment or Response Yet]
U.S. Representative Jared Polis: Polis has also focused on closing the gun show loophole.  He is also very outspoken about increasing mental health help in Colorado.  No word yet on Gun Control.
U.S. Senator Michael Bennet  [No Public Comment or Response Yet]
U.S. Senator Mark Udall [No Public Comment or Response Yet]
President Barack Obama: Obama has been solidly in the pro-gun column his entire presidency.  Fortunately, the events in Connecticut are forcing him to the left.  He appears to be actively pushing for an assault weapons ban.  He has also has talked at length about mental health.  For a President, however, I expect action–not just talk.

I will update this list again in a week or two.  In the meantime, i suggest you write a letter to your elected officials about what you want to see changed.

~Richard

Strangest Week Ever

 

This past week has been different on such a level that I have a hard time understanding how I got here.  The shooting in Aurora underlined a lot…but there was so much more.  The coming realization that my closest friend is leaving the state in a month.  Worries about my mother, my grandmother, and my dog.  Trying to write something entirely new.  I think I may have strained my brain.

Today I revamped the website.  It should not be much easy to get around and find what you are looking for.  I also updated my About Me section so that you can contact me or find me elsewhere on the internet.  Let me know what you think.  I will likely have more free time in the evening.  Expect a late update of a memory, political, or flash fiction piece (I haven’t quite decided yet).

With Love,
Richard

 

Aurora Memorial Service

 

I spent today in Aurora, Colorado.  We should up several hours early to help set up the human wall.  The main idea was to keep inappropriate protesters away from the mourners.  In the end, the human wall was incredibly success.  More than 1,000 people showed up to protect the mourners in Aurora.  So much that the human wall deteriorated into a crowded buffer zone.  I would say nearly ten thousand people came to show their respect.

I am incredibly tired from today.  I am going to do my best not to continue talking about this massacre as the days go on….for my own sanity.  This has been a life-changing week for me in a very strange way I cannot yet explain.  I will leave you today with a picture I took at the memorial service.  It is an overview of the human wall.

 

Westboro Baptist Church in Aurora

 

There will be no update today.  I wanted to give you guys at least a memory update.  But I woke up and the Universe gave me other plans.  The bastards at the Westboro Baptist Church are coming out to Aurora, Colorado to protest the memorial services of the 12 people who died in the Dark Knight Rises theater shooting.  Reddit is organizing a human wall to put a barrier between the protesters and the mourners.

My friends and I are heading down there here in the next couple hours.  We will not let them bring further pain to this community.  I expect to see hundreds of people here for this event.  Please, if you live within driving distance, please join us.  The memorial service is planned for 6:30 this evening at Aurora City Hall.

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