Posted inCrime and Courts, News, Politics and Government

The statewide gun regulations adopted in Colorado in the wake of the Aurora theater shooting

The 2012 Aurora theater shooting, which left 12 people dead and 70 others injured, prompted Colorado Democrats to immediately begin pursuing tighter regulations on firearms.  Since the attack 10 years ago Wednesday, no fewer than 10 statewide changes to gun policy have been adopted, making Colorado one of the nation’s most progressive states when it […]

Posted inBusiness, Equity, Health, News

Failed 2014 overhaul shows how lobbyists, politics have maintained status quo of Colorado’s mental health care

A schizophrenic man had opened fire on a packed movie theater in Aurora, killing 12 and injuring dozens more. Something had to be done. The Aurora theater shooter had tried to get mental health treatment before the killings. That provided a possible opening for then-Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to search for preventive solutions. He turned […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, Election 2020, News, Politics and Government

Gun-control groups see Colorado’s U.S. Senate race as a big opportunity. But it’s complicated.

Colorado’s Republican U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner has effectively been a top target for Giffords, a national group pushing for more gun-control legislation and candidates willing to champion those measures, since its inception four years ago, said Joanna Belanger, the organization’s political director. In fact, Belanger says, Giffords has been engaged in a “years-long effort to […]

Posted inCrime and Courts, News

Life in Americas’ public-shooting-era: “You can’t just not go”

By Ted Anthony, The Associated Press Ohio: A bar district where friends gathered for drinks on a warm Saturday night. Texas: A Walmart stocked with supplies for back-to-school shopping on an August morning. California: A family-focused festival that celebrates garlic, the local cash crop. Two consecutive summer weekends. Less than seven days. More than 30 fellow human beings gone in moments, […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Perlmutter: As the Columbine anniversary approaches, let’s take action to honor those lost

While small, incremental change is the harsh reality of enacting any major change in our world today, it is nevertheless frustrating. It can be especially maddening when it comes to preventing violence. To many of us, making gun violence less easy, less frequent and less deadly is an obvious choice. But it seems like for […]

Posted inSun Investigation

No Colorado school districts meet federal safety standards for behavioral health staffing, investigation shows

Tamara Durbin is responsible for making sure more than 4,300 students across some 5,000 square miles of Colorado’s Eastern Plains get mental health care when they need it. She does so with a patchwork of staffers that comes nowhere close to what the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends for student safety. The […]