Colorado Enacts ‘Red Flag’ Law Seizing Guns from Citizens Deemed ‘Dangerous’

The state became the 15th in the US to adopt the law

By: Daniel Chaitin  |@NeonNettle on 14th April 2019 @ 8.00pm

Colorado has adopted the “red flag” gun law allowing firearms to be seized from citizens who authorities believe pose a potential risk, according to reports.The state became the 15th in the US to adopt the law, but many county sheriffs had vowed not to enforce the rule and some local leaders establishing what they described as Second Amendment “sanctuary counties.”There are now renewed efforts to from gun-rights activists to recall Democrats who pushed the controversial measure.The law failed to receive a single Republican vote in the state legislature.

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Eagle County, Colo., Sheriff James van Beek criticized the law as a moral but “ludicrous” throwback to the 2002 film “Minority Report, in a lengthy statement.

Van Beek asserted that law treats gun owners like “criminals,” deters individuals from seeking treatment for mental health, and ignores the facts that “a disturbed mind will not be deterred by the removal of their guns.”According to Fox News: Noting that cities with strict gun laws still experience high murder rates, van Beek asserted:”By removing guns from someone intent on committing suicide or murder, we still have the danger of someone who may be unbalanced, now, angrier than before, and looking for another means … explosives, poisons, knives, car incidents of mowing down groups of unsuspecting innocent.”

Colorado’s law, approved by Democratic Gov. Jared Polis, allows family, household members or law enforcement to petition a court to have guns seized or surrendered based on a showing that someone poses a danger under the “preponderance of the evidence,” a civil standard which means that the defendant is more likely than not to be a threat.”In other words, there is just over a 50/50 chance of accuracy,” van Beek wrote, noting that someone’s guns could be seized even without a mental health professional determining any kind.”Like the flip of a coin. Couldn’t that apply to just about anything a person does?”A subsequent court hearing could extend a gun seizure up to 364 days, and gun owners can only retain their guns if they meet a burden of demonstrating by “clear and convincing evidence” — a much higher standard — that they are not a threat. Gun owners, van Beek said, are “guilty until proven innocent” under this framework. Minority Republicans in the legislature had unsuccessfully tried to shift the burden of proof to the petitioner.The law’s passage marked a personal victory for first-term Democratic Rep. Tom Sullivan, whose son, Alex, was gunned down in the 2012 Aurora theater massacre that killed 12 people and wounded 70 others.The bill is slated to take effect in January.

“Three hundred and fifty-one Fridays since Alex was murdered,” Sullivan began, wearing his son’s leather bomber jacket at the signing ceremony for the bill he sponsored.“Being the parent of a murdered child, everything is stunted,” Sullivan said, prompting knowing, tearful nods from several other shooting survivors standing behind him.“I am elated, believe me. It just can’t come out because there is just too much work in front of us to get done.”Alex Sullivan was celebrating his 27th birthday at the theater. Tom Sullivan, elected to the House in November, has devoted his life since Aurora to counseling survivors of other mass shootings around the country and campaigning for gun control.Responding in part to Sullivan’s remarks, van Beek emphasized his own county’s work on establishing partnerships to combat mental illness, which he characterized as a practical solution. The Aurora theater shooter, James Holmes, long had a mental illness.”The Red Flag Law can remind one, of the movie ‘Minority Report’; regulating against what we think someone might do,” van Beek wrote.”It’s like regulating via clairvoyance, but in this case, we actually take away someone’s property and require them to go to court to prove their innocence of a crime that hasn’t been committed, yet they were punished because someone thought they might be thinking about it.” © press Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, left, speaks as Rep. Tom Sullivan, D-Aurora, looks on before Polis signs the bill The sheriff continued:”I find no mental health programs associated with this law. Just a possible overreach of well-meaning citizens, with no infrastructure for addressing the primary intention of the law: mental health as it relates to public safety.”Van Beek’s post concluded by arguing that Colorado’s law violated the Second Amendment. However, van Beek explicitly stopped short of declaring sanctuary county status and suggested his office would enforce the law.”Removing the guns in a constitutionally questionable manner, without notice, denying the accused the ability to defend charges, then requiring medical services that are not available, in order to reinstate private property rights, afterward, is like putting a Band-Aid on the probability of a wound, and not allowing its removal until an injury has occurred,” he wrote.”In other words, the entire process is ludicrous.”Van Beek added: “I stand with other Sheriffs in opposition to the Red Flag law on constitutional grounds as well as its failure to address the true issues, which are behavioral and mental health. Also, it places economic hardships on county budgets, places law enforcement officials in imminent danger, violates citizen’s rights, and actually works against the mental health concerns that it was originally designed to aid.”Florida passed its own “extreme risk protection order” law after the 2018 Parkland school massacre. Others with versions of the bill include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington state, as well as Washington, D.C.“Colorado has endured more than our fair share of tragedies,” Polis said Friday.This law will not prevent every shooting, but it can be used in a targeted way to make sure that those who are suffering from a mental health crisis can temporarily have a court order in place that helps make sure they don’t harm themselves or others. Today we may be saving the life of your nephew, your niece, your grandchild.”Gun rights activists pushed for Polis and some Democrats who supported the legislation to be recalled. Senate President Leroy Garcia, a Democrat, voted against the bill — primarily, observers said, because his predecessor was recalled in 2013 for supporting the state’s last major gun control push.That 2013 legislation implemented background checks and ammunition magazine limits, following the Aurora and Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. In all, two Democratic lawmakers were recalled, and another resigned for supporting those laws.About half of Colorado’s 64 counties — most in rural areas — passed resolutions opposing the new bill and declared themselves “Second Amendment sanctuaries.”Opposition from rural sheriffs elicited a warning last month from Democratic Attorney General Phil Weiser, who has said those who won’t enforce the law should resign.The law is named after Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish III, a 29-year old husband, and father who was killed on New Year’s Eve 2017 by a man who had exhibited increasingly erratic behavior.Parrish’s boss, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, and Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle attended. Pelle’s son, a Douglas County sheriff’s deputy, was wounded in the shooting that killed Parrish.Pelle said he was working with Spurlock and other law enforcement chiefs to develop protocols for executing protective orders safely.Co-sponsor Alec Garnett, a Democrat, and the House majority leader noted that Colorado’s law stands out for providing legal representation for gun owners.Separately, a prosecutor refused to approve criminal charges Friday against Pittsburgh’s mayor and six City Council members over the passage of firearms restrictions that gun rights advocates say are blatant and deliberate violations of state law.Seven city residents tried to file private criminal complaints against Democratic Mayor Bill Peduto, who signed the legislation into law this week, and council members who voted to approve the bills.The complaints charge the mayor and council with official oppression and other counts. (Click to Source)

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Colorado Joins 11 States Agreeing to Shift to Popular Vote System

 

Colorado has become the 12th state to pass a measure changing the way it awards its Electoral College votes in presidential elections to award the electoral votes to the winner of the popular vote in presidential elections should enough states sign on.

Democrat Gov. Jared Polis signed a bill on Friday that would award Colorado’s presidential electoral votes to the candidate who wins the popular vote in a presidential election, allowing the state to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.

It technically does not eliminate the Electoral College, it just awards the electoral votes from the states that sign onto the compact to the winner of the national popular vote. The compact only kicks in if enough states amounting to 270 electoral votes–a White House win–sign onto the plan.

Members of the compact, which now with Colorado includes 12 states and the District of Columbia, would bind their electors in the Electoral College to the candidate who wins the nationwide popular vote instead of the candidate that gets the most votes in their respective state. As of now, those that have officially signed on combine for 181 electoral votes.

But the compact only takes effect if states combine for 270 or more electoral votes— the number of votes needed to win a presidential election— agreeing to its terms.

If enough states agree to the terms of the compact, it could change how presidential elections are decided by limiting the power of the Electoral College.

The 11 states which have already agreed to the compact before Colorado— Vermont, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Washington, New York, Illinois, New Jersey, and California— have passed legislation in their respective statehouses agreeing to favor the popular vote in presidential elections.

New Mexico, with 5 electoral votes, could be the next state to sign on to the compact, as its state senate recently passed a bill in favor of awarding electoral votes to the national popular vote winner and it awaiting the governor’s signature there. The same is true in Delaware, which has 3 electoral votes. Those two states would add another 8 electoral votes to the compact, getting it up to 189 total electoral votes–putting it 81 electoral votes shy of adoption.

Although the popular vote movement has been branded as a bipartisan effort by supporters of the legislation, most of the states that have signed onto the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact are blue states.

The popular vote movement also gained traction among Democrats after the 2016 presidential election, when President Trump won the election against his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton but lost the popular vote by three million votes.

Trump took home 306 electoral votes, while Clinton had 227 votes. Two Trump electors did not vote for the president as they were supposed to, making them what is known as “faithless electors.”

Since then, some Democrats have sought to get rid of the Electoral College and replace it with a popular vote system.

Clinton herself called for abolishing the Electoral College in September 2018, claiming the country should get rid of it because Trump was a terrible president who threatened American democracy.

Other Democrats turned their calls for getting rid the Electoral College into action. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) introduced a bill in Congress in January seeking to abolish the Electoral College.

But President Trump has voiced support for the idea of a national popular vote election, too.

“Remember, we won the election. And we won it easily. You know, a lot of people say ‘Oh, it was close.’ And by the way, they also like to always talk about Electoral College. Well, it’s an election based on the Electoral College. I would rather have a popular election, but it’s a totally different campaign,” Trump said on Fox and Friends last year. “It’s as though you’re running — if you’re a runner, you’re practicing for the 100-yard dash as opposed to the 1-mile.”

“The Electoral College is different. I would rather have the popular vote because it’s, to me, it’s much easier to win the popular vote,” Trump added.

The idea has split the conservative movement in much the same way the Convention of States idea has. Some conservatives like former Republican National Committee (RNC) chairman Michael Steele and former Michigan GOP chairman Saul Anuzis have also endorsed the idea. Other conservatives like Eagle Forum, the organization run by the late Phyllis Schlafly, have come out strongly against the idea. (Click to Source)

Christian Baker Under Fire on a New Front with Satanic Request

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The Christian baker who found himself in legal trouble after declining to make a cake for a same-sex wedding and whose case is now before the U.S. Supreme Court, has been asked to make a birthday cake for Satan.

The Daily Signal reports Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, received the email request last month. It reads in part:

“I would like to get a quote on a birthday cake, for a special event. It is a cake that is religious in theme, and since religion is a protected class, I am hoping that you will gladly bake this cake. As you see, the birthday cake in question is to celebrate the birthday of Lucifer, or as they (sic) are also known Satan who was born as Satan when he was cast from heaven by God.”

The email also asks for an “upside down cross, under the head of Lucifer.”

The Daily Signal says that Phillips has told the media outlet and others that his Christian beliefs do not allow him to make cakes which celebrate same-sex unions and those that include themes like witchcraft and graphic sexuality.

“The request for Jack to make a cake celebrating Satan proves the danger of using these kinds of laws to force people in the artistic profession to create artwork that violates their beliefs,” Jeremy Tedesco, a senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, told The Daily Signal.

Alliance Defending Freedom is a Christian legal organization representing Phillips in his case before the Supreme Court.

“The request from the Satanists is essentially the same as the request that Jack Phillips received from the same-sex couple to create a cake that violates his beliefs, because in both instances, the requester can say the law covers my request,” Tedesco continued.

“For the Satanists, they’re going to say it’s religious discrimination for you to say no to a cake that I’m requesting because of my protected status,” he said.

The Daily Signal also reports it was told by ADF lawyers Phillips received another cake request involving a Satan theme. The caller wanted a cake that pictured Satan smoking a joint.

Phillips’ attorneys declined to comment on how the cake artist responded to the requests, according to The Daily Signal.

“If we’re going to live in a world where these kinds of laws can be used to force people like Jack Phillips to create cakes that violate his beliefs about marriage, we’re also going to have to live in a world where people can be forced to create cakes celebrating Satan,” Tedesco said.

Oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission are set to begin Dec. 5. The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the case next year.

Source: The Daily Signal (Click to Source)

Entire Volcano in California is “Moving” – Quakes May Signal Trouble

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When people think of California, they may think of Earthquakes.  Most folks don’t even know there are volcanoes there, but there are.  At least two:  Lassen Peak and the much larger Long Valley Caldera near Mammoth Lakes.

In 1915, Lassen Peak erupted and wrecked a huge portion of the state.  Over the last 100 days, the much larger Long Valley Caldera has begun acting-up.  And what it’s doing has Geologists at the US Geological Survey “concerned.”  The Caldera – the mouth of the Volcano – is . . . . moving.  

According to scientific instruments monitored by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) the area in vicinity of the Long Valley caldera is deforming and moving rapidly compared to previous records. How sure are they? “95% (confidence interval), the (data) ensemble is significant”

The data is showing on a recent timespan that the amount of movement is causing STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT STRAIN in the rock in the area. This is not conspiracy-theorist conjecture or amateur geology antics, this is from the USGS itself.  Here’s the actual data – if it looks to you like gobbledygook, you’re not alone; scroll down for an understandable explanation: (Click to Site)

Why America’s Annihilation Is Assured Even If We Defeat Russia In World War 3 – Is That Why They’re Prepared To Move The US Capitol To Denver?

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The ‘flashback’ story from Whiteout Press that Steve Quayle linked to on his website this morning reminds us that our ‘continuity of government’ requires an ‘alternative capitol’ be in place just in case Washington DC is destroyed. Giving us a great deal of evidence that the US’s ‘alternative capitol’ is indeed hidden underneath the 57 square miles that make up the Denver International Airport in Colorado, we pray that all of the recent talk of World War 3 and swift and sudden destruction doesn’t soon materialize, leading to the confirmation of another long-held ‘conspiracy theory’.

With shills coming out of the woodwork ever since serious talk of a possible World War 3 and nuclear annihilation for much of America and the world went viral earlier this week, claiming all of the statements coming directly out of the mouths of US military leaders, the Russian Embassy and Russian military leaders is just ‘bogus fearmongering’, we take a look below at more signs that we might soon witness those experts warnings coming true and the US capitol moved to Denver in the process.

As the note Quayle left on the Whiteout Press story tells us, THIS IS WHY SO MANY FOREIGN AND U.N. TROOPS ARE IN COLORADO, WHOSE MISSION IS TO TAKE OUT ALL RESISTERS TO THE NWO IN THE COLORADO MOUNTAINS. We also take a look below at why America’s annihilation would be guaranteed even if we were to somehow ‘win’ World War 3. (Click to Article)

Changes Needed for US Vaccine Policy to Protect Human and Civil Rights

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Baker forced to make gay wedding cakes, undergo sensitivity training, after losing lawsuit

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Marijuana Overdoses Kill 37 in Colorado On First Day of Legalization

Colorado is reconsidering its decision to legalize recreational pot following the deaths of dozens due to marijuana overdoses.

According to a report in the Rocky Mountain News, 37 people were killed across the state on Jan. 1, the first day the drug became legal for all adults to purchase. Several more are clinging onto life in local emergency rooms and are not expected to survive.

“It’s complete chaos here,” says Dr. Jack Shepard, chief of surgery at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver. “I’ve put five college students in body bags since breakfast and more are arriving every minute.

“We are seeing cardiac arrests, hypospadias, acquired trimethylaminuria and multiple organ failures. By next week the death toll could go as high as 200, maybe 300. Someone needs to step in and stop this madness. My god, why did we legalize marijuana? What were we thinking?”

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Colorado and Washington state approved the sale of marijuana for recreational use in November though statewide ballot measures. Under the new policies pot is legal for adult use, regulated like alcohol and heavily taxed.

One of the principal arguments of legalization advocates was that cannabis has long been considered safer than alcohol and tobacco and was not thought not to cause overdose. But a brave minority tried to warn Coloradans of the drug’s dangers.

“We told everyone this would happen,” says Peter Swindon, president and CEO of local brewer MolsonCoors. “Marijuana is a deadly hardcore drug that causes addiction and destroys lives.

“When was the last time you heard of someone overdosing on beer? All these pro-marijuana groups should be ashamed of themselves. The victims’ blood is on their hands.”

One of the those victims was 29-year-old Jesse Bruce Pinkman, a former methamphetamine dealer from Albuquerque who had recently moved to Boulder to establish a legal marijuana dispensary.

Pinkman was partying with friends when he suffered several seizures and a massive heart attack which ultimately proved to be fatal. Toxicology reports revealed that marijuana was the only drug present in his system.

“This is just a terrible tragedy,” says his friend Peter. “Jesse was trying to go legit and now this happens? I guess drugs really are as dangerous as they say.”

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who opposed the ballot initiative that legalized the drug, says he will call a special legislative session to try and overturn the new law.

“We can’t sit idly by and allow this slaughter to continue,” he said during a press conference Thursday.

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Calif. governor proclaims state in a drought

LOS ANGELES –  California is nearly as dry as it’s ever been. High water marks rim half-full reservoirs. Cities are rationing water. Clerics are praying for rain. Ranchers are selling cattle, and farmers are fallowing fields.

Gov. Jerry Brown formally proclaimed a drought Friday, saying California is in the midst of perhaps its worst dry spell in a century. He made the announcement in San Francisco amid increasing pressure from lawmakers and as firefighters battled flare-ups in a Southern California wildfire that chased thousands of people from their homes.

Unless the state gets significant rainfall in the next two months, television sets glowing with wildfires could play like reruns throughout the year.

Reservoir levels in the north and central parts of the state were more depleted than in Southern California, but Brown still asked Los Angeles to do its part to conserve — and gave a nod to the politics of water in the vast state.

“The drought accentuates and further displays the conflicts between north and south and between urban and rural parts of the state. So, as governor, I’ll be doing my part to bring people together and working through this.”

Farmers and ranchers in the nation’s No. 1 farm state already are making hard choices to conserve. Some cities are in danger of running out of water. And the first snow survey of the winter found more bare ground than fluffy white stuff — a key barometer of future supply.

“I am a fifth-generation cattle rancher, and it has never been this bad ever in my lifetime — and from my family’s history, it’s never been anywhere close to this bad ever,” said Kevin Kester, 58. He said his family’s records show the area’s worst drought previously was in the 1890s.

Kester’s Central California ranch normally gets 20 inches of rain between October and April. It’s gotten about a half-inch of precipitation since late fall. His cattle usually graze on lush green hillsides in winter. Now, they’re eating hay instead — a proposition that is too expensive to continue for long.

“I hope it’s something we can tell our great-grandkids about, but right now we’re just trying to figure out how we’re going to survive,” he said.

The drought doesn’t bode well for California’s notorious wildfire season, either.

Previous super-dry years led to catastrophic wildfire seasons in California in 2003 and 2007, said Tom Scott, a natural resources specialist with the University of California system. Fire crews beat back a wildfire southeast of Los Angeles earlier this week, but it was a stark reminder of the dry and dangerous conditions.

“People say that the fire season is starting early, but I guess you could say it never ended,” Scott said. “If you live in the backcountry, come July you probably should be thinking about putting your valuables in storage.”

Droughts also are persisting or intensifying elsewhere in the U.S.

On Wednesday, federal officials said they were designating portions of Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Kansas, Texas, Utah, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Oklahoma and California as primary natural disaster areas, highlighting the financial strain facing farmers in those regions.

Even in the moist Pacific Northwest, things were a little bit drier.

In Seattle, rainfall dropped by nearly 70 percent in December, with just 1.66 inches falling. Ski resorts are opening several weeks late, and a Bavarian-themed town in the Cascade Mountains had to modify its annual “ice fest” because there isn’t enough snow on the ground for activities. A plan to truck in snow was scrapped with high temperatures forecast this weekend.

And despite heavy flooding in Colorado in September, large portions of Colorado and Wyoming are abnormally dry, while ranchers on the plains of southeastern Colorado have severe drought conditions.

In California, the governor’s drought declaration will help battle unemployment in the agriculture industry as fields are left fallow.

Nearly 10,000 people lost their jobs during the last drought in 2009, said Karen Ross, California’s agriculture secretary. The drought also increases the burden on food banks in rural and agricultural communities.

The lack of rain also could have long-standing implications for the demand for crops that are almost entirely exclusive to California.

Eighty percent of the world’s almonds, for example, are grown in California, and the Almond Board of California receives 3 cents for every pound sold to build future demand for the nut. With many almond growers having to irrigate their crops three months early, a smaller crop might put a dent in the board’s ability to market almonds as broadly as it has been, said David Phippen, an almond grower who serves on the board.

“There’s huge implications everywhere you look,” he said. “What about five years down the road?”

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