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Topic - Rhonda Fields
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper's decision to grant a reprieve last week to an infamous death row inmate means that a man's life is literally on the line in the 2014 gubernatorial race.
Colorado gun-rights advocates, furious about last week's signing of three hotly debated gun control bills, are launching recall drives against at least four Democratic legislators and possibly the governor.
Gov. John Hickenlooper signed bills Wednesday that place new restrictions on firearms and signaled a change for Democrats who traditionally shied away from gun control debate in Colorado — a state with a moderate streak and pioneer tradition of gun ownership and self-reliance.
The only thing separating Coloradans from a ban on purchases of ammunition magazines with more than 15 rounds is the signature of Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.
The Colorado House approved four gun-control bills Monday after lobbying by the White House and in spite of warnings that they would drive firearms and ammunition manufacturers out of the state.
"Help us send a message to the country that it's time to take action to reduce gun violence nationwide as we've done in Colorado," said Democratic state Rep. Rhonda Fields in a press release. "It's time to stop adding names to the list of gun violence victims."
Mrs. Fields, who is black and represents a district in Aurora, said she was "saddened" by the governor's decision.