Colo. lawmakers suggest carrying pens, learning judo to deter attackers

The gun debate is heating up in Colorado, with politicians from all over the state trying to come up with a way to handle gun violence in a post-Newtown world.

Two Colorado Democrats, specifically, have suggested that carrying ballpoint pens, forming a buddy system or learning judo are better alternatives than carrying a gun.


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“There’s mace, what about a taser? The buddy system,” Rep. Paul Rosenthal said, addressing the state legislature on why Colorado should ban students from carrying guns on campus.

“There are other methods of self defense … judo or what have you,” he added, declaring that guns are not the only way to defend oneself.

In late January, State Sen. Jessie Ulibarri told the Colorado Senate Judiciary Committee that ballpoint pens save lives.

“When Congressman [Gabrielle] Giffords was shot and there was a shooting in an Arizona supermarket, people who were unarmed took that person down when he stopped to reload,” Mr. Ulibarri told the committee on Jan. 28.

“There are other ways to address violence and it doesn’t mean we have our kids exposed to a whole crossfire of multiple folks in a room shooting simultaneously,” he continued. “Congressman Giffords’ life was saved and so many others’ when very valiant folks stood up to defend themselves and protect themselves, and they did it with ballpoint pens.”

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