Target: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper
Goal: Increase restrictions on gun ownership to prevent violence
In the early morning of June 20, 2012, a man attacked a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado full of fans watching the premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. At least 12 people were killed, and many more were injured in the violent massacre. The attacker was heavily armed with canisters of tear gas and multiple guns, including an assault rifle. He was able to acquire these weapons legally and carry them into the theater, due to Colorado’s lenient gun control laws.
Currently, Colorado requires no permit, registration, or license to purchase or carry guns. The exception to this is that a permit is required to carry a concealed handgun, but the requirements for the permit are similarly lax. These laws are designed to protect Colorado citizens’ Second Amendment rights, but are clearly also allowing those with violent intentions to acquire dangerous weapons. More restrictions on guns will not stop those who truly seek to defend themselves, but may stop another violent crime.
Colorado’s gun control laws have been under debate ever since the massacre in Aurora. If the attacker had been required to undergo a background check and have a proper license before getting the weapons he used, the massacre may not have happened. However, the tragedy did occur. While the community of Aurora mourns, the government of Colorado can help to prevent a similar tragedy from happening. Tell Governor John Hickenlooper to increase gun control in Colorado today.
Dear Gov. Hickenlooper:
The recent tragedy in Aurora shows that Colorado’s gun control laws are too lenient. The attacker was armed with multiple guns, including an assault rifle. Colorado’s current laws allowed him to purchase these weapons legally, without any permit, registration, or license. He was also able to legally transport them to the theater where the massacre occurred.
I ask you to increase gun control in Colorado. If there are more restrictions on buying guns, such as background check and license requirements, then another tragedy like this may be prevented. The loss to Aurora and the whole of Colorado is great, but you can help by preventing more in the future.
[Your Name Here]