After 17 were killed in a Florida school shooting with an AR-15 rifle, U.S. Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) took to the radio airwaves to defend the military-style semi-automatic firearm, saying “the AR-15 is a gun that is used in my district by farmers and ranchers to shoot pests, raccoons, or foxes or other smaller animals that are trying get into their chickens or disrupt their operations.”
In support of the March for Our Lives, progressive advocacy organization MoveOn.org Civic Action has commissioned billboards challenging Republican members of Congress for their acceptance of campaign funding from the National Rifle Association and continued opposition to gun safety measures in the aftermath of the Parkland school shooting. In Colorado, these billboards challenge Sen. Cory Gardner and Rep. Mike Coffman.
Tens of thousands of Coloradans filled Denver’s Civic Center Park on Saturday as part of the national March For Our Lives rallies for gun safety. Seventeen year-old Maddie King, a survivor of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, was the keynote speaker. These are just a few of the images from the event. Photos by Brett Littleton. Though not pictured here, additional events took place all over the state, including Colorado Springs, Basalt, Vail, Grand Junction and Fort Collins.
With teenagers and adults from around the country set to rally in Washington DC tomorrow for expanded gun safety laws, one Colorado lawmaker is apparently dismissing recent student activism because it wouldn’t have prevented a school shooting this week.
Colorado conservatives lash out at students who advocate for gun safety laws or plan to walk out of class tomorrow
Last month, after students from Parkland, Florida began speaking out for gun safety laws in the wake of a massacre at their high school, Denver conservative radio host Randy Corporon went on the attack, calling the students “manipulated damaged children” and “brainwashed Florida teenagers” and accusing “the left” of “seizing on this tragedy and weaponizing these children against the rights of fellow American citizens, and against a political party, and against an organization like the NRA.”
The Denver Post took time to extract the actual newsworthy information from Sunday’s Face-the-Nation interview, featuring U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), instead of simply transcribing the main topic of the senator’s appearance on national TV.
NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch is all over the airwaves these days. But before she was the official face of the NRA, recording ominous ads that imply a need for violence against liberals, Loesch was a fiery pro-gun radio host.
U.S. Rep. Ken Buck of Colorado defended the sale of AR-15 rifles last week, saying “the AR-15 is a gun that is used in my district by farmers and ranchers to shoot pests, raccoons, or foxes or other smaller animals that are trying get into their chickens or disrupt their operations.”
In radio interview about how to respond to the Florida massacre, Gardner doesn’t utter “gun,” “rifle,” “firearm,” “bump stock,” “magazine,” or any related words
In what appears to be his most extensive media comments on the Florida school massacre, U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) made no mention of the word “gun” or anything similar or related.