June 23, 2014
By Bob Cox
Some opinions, comments and links relating to what is happening in this great nation and, in particular, in Western Colorado.
The disappointing governing of Governor Hickenlooper
This last weekend I spent an enjoyable evening and day with some of my peers in the Colorado Hunter Education program. We meet periodically to offer our input on the program and receive training to enhance our performance as instructors.
It is not surprising that an overwhelming (but not unanimous) number of my fellow instructors hold the same beliefs that I do regarding Colorado’s overreaching gun control laws that were passed last year. It is also not surprising that our evening conversations included the recent address made by Governor Hickenlooper at the meeting of the County Sheriffs of Colorado in Aspen.
For the last week Gov. Hickenlooper has been trying to walk back some of the comments he made to the sheriffs. He should have realized from the get-go that these law enforcement experts deal in the difference between fact and fiction every day and they quickly recognize the efforts of someone that is trying to make fact out of fiction.
When this whole gun debate was taking place last year, it became an established fact that Gov. Hickenlooper communicated with Mayor Bloomberg of New York. In fact, the bloggers at CompleteColorado.com requested the cell phone records from Hickenlooper’s office and confirmed that Bloomberg and Hickenlooper talked twice on March 2, 2013 and that one of those conversations lasted 12 minutes. They talked again on March 19. In April spokesman Eric Brown confirmed those conversations. But, fast-forward to last week, and Gov. Hickenlooper stood in front of a room full of sheriffs and said he had never talked to Bloomberg about the gun issue.
Almost as upsetting is the fact that, in a failed effort to patch things up with all the sheriffs that disagreed with the gun bill, Hickenlooper tried that old Obama tactic of blaming someone else, in this case some unknown staff member. He said he “felt conflicted” about signing the bill that limited magazine capacities, but did so because one of his staff made a commitment to do so, and he felt compelled to sign the bill. Thanks to Montezuma County Sheriff Dennis Spruell, many of us knew about the governor’s comments almost immediately after he made them. Because of Spruell’s Facebook posting, the governor will have a hard time backing up too far.
Two things bother me here: First, it is upsetting that Gov. Hickenlooper would even try to pass off an easily refuted statement such as his not talking to Bloomberg. Second, if he is making such monumental decisions because a staff member wants him to, what does that say about his ability to actually “govern?”
One other thing: I just read a quote from State Rep. Rhonda Fields. Fields is from Aurora and thought that the magazine bill would prevent more of those stupid mass shootings. I can understand her passion, although I think she is wrong, but what she said when asked about the commitment from a staff person only heightens my concern. She said she never received any commitment from anyone on Hickenlooper’s staff. It brings to mind Sir Walter Scott: O, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!
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© Robert R. Cox 2014