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By AWR Hawkins

Governor John Hickenlooper

Governor John Hickenlooper

AmmoLand Gun News

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Washington DC - -(  While draconian gun control legislation was being pushed by Colorado Democrats in spring 2013, Governor John Hickenlooper (D) appears to have listened to then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg over sheriffs throughout the state.

The question is why?

When Weld County Sheriff John Cooke asked Hickenlooper a very similar question on June 13 2014, the governor first denied that he had even spoken to Bloomberg, then, three days later, admitted he had in fact done so.

Cooke asked why Hickenlooper “didn’t listen to the state’s law enforcement officers as much as he did to Bloomberg.”

This question became even more important on July 9 2014, when Rolling Stone published, then quickly retracted, an interview with Bloomberg in which he mocked Coloradans who successfully recalled gun control state senators Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) and John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and forced the resignation of a third senator, Evie Hudak (D-Westminster).

Bloomberg mocked the recall efforts by saying they were only successful in places “where I don’t think there’s roads,” areas he described as about “as far rural as you can get.”

Why would Hickenlooper ignore law enforcement to listen to a gun control proponent who thinks Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Westminster don’t have roads?

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  • 10 User comments to “Why Did Gov. Hickenlooper Listen to Michael Bloomberg Instead of Colorado Sheriffs?”

    1. I live in Colorado and can answer your question. Hickenlooper is a liberal idiot.

    2. Because he’s a ‘hick’ and he’s ‘loopy’.

    3. Hickenloser is really short on brain ! Why cant that POS be recalled like morse and giron ?

    4. Money is why he listened, nothing more nothing less. Bloomberg bought the vote and support of this libtard idiot.

    5. money

    6. Money. Bloomberg contributed a lot. The CO Sheriffs had the voice of the people behind them, but not much money.

      Don’t wait for the next general election. Hickenlooper should be recalled.

    7. oldgringo on July 16, 2014 at 5:04 AM said:

      Mayor Bloomberg put 5 million dollars into the Democratic coffers in an effort to overturn the recall election…He lost his money..Sadly the frivolous laws still stand…More disgusting news…We hear Gov. Hickenlooper further admitted that he only signed the anti-gun bills into law because a staffer suggested he should do so…How’s that for stupidity…When a Governor can’t make his own decisions…We now have anti-gun laws in Colorado solely based on a staffer’s recommendation…Unbelieveable stupidity ranks within our Democratic controlled senate here in Colorado…No wonder northern Colorado want to secede from this state…Hickenlooper is one of the dumbest Governors this state has ever had…Backed by a bunch of pot smoking legislatures who love their marijauana so much they made it legal in Colorado…Now they can all get high without getting their names printed in the Denver ‘Commie’ Post!

    8. John E Rinehart on July 16, 2014 at 8:33 AM said:

      Same old Democratic garbage do something stupid and lay the blame on someone else. before the ink was dry on this law the people should been out on the street with a recall petition. it’s a shame that you can no longer use Tar Feathers and a Pole to get rid of these half wits

    9. People have forgotten that Hick himself expressed disdain for rural Colorado in a well-publicized speech back before his first election. Bloomberg is merely echoing Hick.

    10. Here’s the entire quote:
      Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper: “I think a couple things, I mean, you know, the tragic death of Matthew Shepard occurred in Wyoming. Colorado and Wyoming are very similar. We have some of the same, you know, backwards thinking in the kind of rural Western areas you see in, you know, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico.”

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