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Carman: Crumbley family puts the lie to the myth of the ‘responsible gun owner’

When Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold unleashed the firestorm that would forever be known as the Columbine Massacre, criticism of the parents from pundits and political leaders was savage.  How could the boys assemble an arsenal of weapons and devise an elaborate plan for a rampage at school without the parents knowing about it? Couldn’t […]

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Colorado Democrats will pursue mandatory waiting period for gun buyers, safe-storage measure in 2021

Democratic state lawmakers in Colorado are planning to introduce at least three pieces of gun-control legislation this year, including a measure that would require a waiting period — potentially of five days — between when someone purchases a firearm and when they can access that weapon. The other two bills would require gun owners to […]

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Silverman: Responsible adults should not put weapons in the hands of kids

Donald Trump is good for business. The gun business. Want gun sales to go through the roof? Combine a bad pandemic with civil unrest. Throw in some irresponsible presidential rhetoric about rigged elections and suburban invasions for maximum impact.  In his fascinating memoir, Disloyal, Michael Cohen, Trump’s wannabe gangster lawyer, reveals how Donald Junior was constantly […]

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Opinion: The House passed a universal gun background check bill one year ago. The Senate and president must find the courage to act.

In Colorado, we are all too familiar with the tragedy and grief of gun violence. On April 20, 1999, when two shooters open fired at Columbine High School, one of us sat in his freshman class as his high school was put on lockdown just 10 miles away in Highlands Ranch. One of us left […]

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Secret Service study: Most school shooters were badly bullied, showed warning signs

By Colleen Long, Associated Press WASHINGTON — Most students who committed deadly school attacks over the past decade were badly bullied, had a history of disciplinary trouble and their behavior concerned others but was never reported, according to a U.S. Secret Service study released Thursday. In at least four cases, attackers wanted to emulate other […]

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These five bills are designed to make Colorado schools safer. None touches on guns.

Colorado’s School Safety Committee moved forward with five bills on Thursday that seek to prevent any more children from becoming victims of school violence. None, however, addresses a core issue related to many incidents of school violence: firearms and students’ access to them. The only mention of guns came at the tail end of Thursday’s […]

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Wilson: Dear CSU, permitting blackface opens a racial Pandora’s box.

It feels like an abusive relationship, sometimes. First, the offense takes place. Then,  the gaslighting commences.  The intestinal fortitude it takes to stand one’s moral ground in the face of offensive racial aggressions and historical revisions is energy that could simply be spent living our best lives. The problem is, ignoring racism isn’t safe if […]

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Colorado’s trailblazing Safe2Tell system needs significant upgrades, lawmakers say

Two decades ago, in the wake of the Columbine school shooting, Colorado officials created the Safe2Tell anonymous tip line to help prevent more school massacres.  The system set a standard for prevention efforts, one replicated across the nation. But now, lawmakers and mental health experts think Colorado’s system needs a significant upgrade to address an […]