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Letter: Whose rights is our state representative defending?

Dear Editor:

At a Summit County legislative forum, state Rep. Millie Hamner defended her anti-Second Amendment voting record, noting, “We don’t call it gun control; we call it gun safety.”

The “we” Hamner is referring to must not be the law-abiding, Second Amendment-defending House District 61 constituents. Perhaps “we” are her liberal establishment donors, who include New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Hamner went on to say that the gun bills were about “public safety, not restricting anyone’s rights” and “If I thought anything we were doing was in violation of the Constitution, I wouldn’t have voted for it.”

Hamner voted against Colorado Hose Bill 13-1048. This bill extended the right to use deadly force against an intruder under certain conditions to include owners, managers and employees of businesses.

Whose rights and safety did Hamner have in mind when she voted against HB1048 — the business owner, the employee trying to earn a living or the perpetrator?

Fifty-four Colorado sheriffs have taken a bold stand as to the constitutionality of recently passed gun laws. These sheriffs include House District 61 sheriffs of Summit, Delta, Gunnison and Lake counties (three Republicans and one Democrat). The judicial system will have a say.

Additionally, the constituents of House District 61 will have the opportunity to voice their dismay at the polls in November 2014.

Debra Irvine


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