Glenn Hendrick’s April 20 letter responded to a letter from Roger Bentley complaining that, in reference to her support of stricter gun regulations, State Representative Millie Hamner said she doesn’t vote her constituents’ view, but rather votes her “own feelings.” Hendricks thinks Hamner should not be expected to slavishly follow the desires of voters; rather, she must vote in accordance with her “core values.”
Hendricks also noted that regulations being considered by Congress and the Colorado legislature “have the support of the vast majority of the citizens of the United States and Colorado.”
Statistics get thrown around carelessly. While national media reported that 90% of Americans support tighter gun laws, this number is driven by liberal voters on the east and west coasts. Many states, including Colorado, have much lower support for them. Thus, it’s no surprise that five Democrat senators from states with strong 2nd Amendment support joined most Republicans in voting down the gun control legislation. The Denver Post reported that, despite heavy lobbying from the White House, a pivotal amendment to expand background checks for gun purchases failed in the U.S. Senate. A ban on assault weapons also failed.
While Colorado Democratic Senators Bennet and Udall supported universal background checks, neither supported the broader assault weapons ban. Apparently these senators are more considerate of
Colorado voters’ views than is Hamner. One wonders if she is influenced more by east coast liberals and the Democratic Party than by her constituents. She may have limited flexibility in her voting, given the massive funding support she received from out-of-state Democrat contributors in her 2012 campaign, including a maximum donation from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and tens of thousands spent on negative radio advertising and mailers by a Washington-based independent group.
Pat Feuerriegel, Frisco