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Letter to the editor: Hunters against gun violence

Posted 3/13/19

I’ve owned a rifle and hunted since I was 14 years old. I taught my four children about gun safety and we still hunt together. After the massacre at Columbine High School, people started …

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Letter to the editor: Hunters against gun violence

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I’ve owned a rifle and hunted since I was 14 years old. I taught my four children about gun safety and we still hunt together. After the massacre at Columbine High School, people started talking about how to prevent that kind of gun violence. I wanted Colorado to be a leader in this effort, so, with the support of some fellow hunters, I founded Hunters Against Gun Violence — a national nonprofit that promotes gun safety and aims to curb the proliferation of gun violence.
I support the proposed Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) law because ERPO laws in other states have saved lives. If Colorado had an ERPO law, a lot of good people might still be alive, including the victims of the Aurora theater shooting and Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputy Zackari Parrish III. Domestic violence incidents often happen because of temporary anger or rage on the part of the instigator. Passage of the ERPO bill could prevent such incidents.
When we talk about gun use and restrictions, hunters have a considerable amount of credibility because they use guns to feed their families. I believe in the Second Amendment, but I don’t believe it gives anyone the absolute right to own any gun they want. I don’t believe that the Second Amendment includes people with serious mental health issues, people who are guilty of domestic violence, or people with criminal records for violent offenses.
I think my views are pretty typical of hunters. We don’t want to see people who are dangerous to themselves or others have guns and have the ability to cause bodily harm. We support common sense regulations such as ERPO. ERPO is long overdue in Colorado.
Don Macalady,
Golden

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