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Pritchett: In honor of our children, let’s demand solutions to gun violence

On Valentine’s Day — a day of love — parents across Fort Collins received emails informing us our children had been in a lockdown drill at roughly the same time that 17 children were being killed in Florida. This was in 2018, but I remember my kids’ stunned faces as they told me their drill instructions, which included advice such as: “If running to safety is not […]

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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 […]

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Will Michael Bloomberg’s deep financial ties to Colorado translate into votes on Super Tuesday?

Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign is launching a door-to-door effort to introduce him to Colorado voters — but the Democratic candidate is no stranger to the state. Ahead of his White House bid, the former New York mayor and billionaire businessman contributed at least $6 million to Colorado political campaigns in the past decade, funded major […]

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Dan Baer: Cory Gardner and the gun industry are blocking efforts to end violence against women

In 1994, Congress passed a landmark law called the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It took important steps to combat violent behavior and domestic abuse against women by giving law enforcement the resources to track down and apprehend serial abusers, prohibiting those abusers from possessing guns, strengthening penalties against domestic violence and funding community organizations […]

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Will Colorado follow other states in enacting a gun-storage law after the STEM School shooting? Those conversations are happening

Democrats in the Colorado legislature are looking at ways to tighten the state’s laws around gun storage and child access, conversations that began before the deadly STEM School Highlands Ranch shooting and have since heightened. “The end goal is that someone who shouldn’t have access to a firearm can’t access it,” said Senate Majority Leader […]

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This is not Parkland: Douglas County, divided on guns but eager to prevent another school shooting, tries to find its voice

HIGHLANDS RANCH — For Kelly Murphy, the meeting was three years in the making, since a relative with mental illness got a gun and murdered a neighbor. Her resolve to stand up against gun violence solidified after the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, when Murphy told herself that if teenagers could speak out on […]