Gun control commando and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg,
Mayors Against Illegal Guns
and similar enterprises, enjoys plenty of support
amongst Utah's wanna-bee elitists. Bask in some of their
outrageous quotes below. If you are aware of a gun
control quote by any Utah politician, bureaucrat, or civics
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David Hinkins Flies Like a Bee & Stings Like a Butterfly
"[Senate] President [Wayne Niederhauser] called me in and
said he's had some people with concerns about it [Hinkin's
bill, SB 97]...
"I have no idea [who those people were]. I said, 'OK, well,
if that's the will of the [senate], OK, I'll just go ahead and
hold it this year.'
"The governor already said he'd veto it anyway and if I
didn't get two-thirds vote, there's no sense going
through all the hassle. So I'll just sit on it."
David Hinkins, senate statutator, who
promptly announced he is killing his own bill,
SB 97: Carry "Unloaded" Firearms Concealed, without a
Quote source: "Contentious
gun bill wont appear in 2016 session," by Robert Gehrke,
Salt Lake Tribune, 2/10/16.
Senate bully Wayne Niederhauser called Hinkins to a secret
meeting, where he was pressured to abandon his bill. Thus
far, the only substantive information revealed regarding the
people who supposedly approached Niederhauser "with concerns"
was the following
statement provided by Hinkins:
"Niederhauser said he was contacted by community and business
leaders. It was not, he said, representatives of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [i.e. Mormons] that had
opposed the bill."
Of note, the Mormon church is the only religious organization
that "has notified BCI [Utah Bureau of Criminal
Identification] of their intent to prohibit firearms in their
'houses of worship' in Utah".
Source: BCI's "Houses
of Worship Prohibiting Firearms on Premises" page.
Based on the Mormon church's singular advocacy in the state
against gun owners bearing arms in its houses of worship, it
seems possible that Neiderhauser's statement may well be a
variant of "The lady doth protest too much, methinks". In
this case it is Neiderhauser's protest against those who might
rationally believe the Mormon church lobbyists had made their
anti-gun owner position known to the thugs who run the
statutarium. How difficult it must be for Mormon
church members attending their houses of worship to know that
their virtuous and honorable act of bearing arms for defense
of self, family, and other church members against murderous
attacks is held in contempt by their church leaders.
bully Greg Hughes also publicly undermined SB 97 in a
Deseret News article on the same day.
senator shelves 'constitutional carry' gun bill," by
Dennis Romboy, Deseret News, 2/10/16.
As UT Gun Rights warned in its article, "Two
Bullies Steal Your Rights," Niederhauser and Hughes are
dictators. They bully the entire statutarium and run
roughshod over your elected officials. These two men set the
agenda and your statutators obediently follow it.
One wonders what became of "firearms community" stalwarts like
Curtis Oda who proudly announced his intent to hold secret
meetings with Gary "BB Gun Background Checks" Herbert. It
seems their efforts were successful... from Herbert's point of
view. Once again, Utah's so-called "gun champions" have
surrendered without a fight.
Note: Because of the constant games being played
year after year
with bills like SB 97 that are only a marginal improvement
over the status quo, UT Gun Rights will no longer consider
permitless carry bills with an "unloaded" requirement to be
Park City Councilor Liza Simpson Buzzes at Being Forced to End Gun Control
Park City Councilor Liza Simpson, at the news that her city must repeal several gun control codes to comply with state statute or face a legal action by The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF).
Quote Source: "Utah Town Repeals All Gun Laws," by Tim, Guns 'n' Freedom, Nov. 26, 2014.
The SAF, based in Washington State, noted that Park City officials drug their feet for nearly 5 months before finally repealing those gun control codes. The SAF has boldly written 49 Utah local governments, demanding that they repeal various gun control codes.
Liza Simpson's consternation aside, why did it require intervention from an out-of-state organization to force Park City officials to comply with state statute? Where was Utah's illustrious attorney general and "top cop" Sean "Rambo" Reyes? Instead of going clandestine in Columbia, perhaps he should spend more time doing his job in Utah?
Statutator Curtis Oda Collaborates with Gun Control Zealot
"The thing is, why expend the effort
if he's [Executive Monarch Gary Herbert] just going to veto
it?... And at this point there's no way to
know if we're going to have the votes for an override,
so I think the general conclusion is, let's try to work it
"Let's put it this way: The governor has asked for
everyone to get together to talk. Let's look not only at
[constitutional carry] but a couple other things...
"We've got all the stakeholders on our side,
as far as the firearms community, saying, 'If we can come to
an agreement and get something good done, even if it takes
another year, let's do it.'" [bold added]
house statutator Curtis Oda, who publicly announced he is
pulling his already watered-down bill,
HB 260: "Carry Unloaded Firearms Concealed".
Quote Source: "Governor
cuts deal to avert showdown on gun issue," by Robert
Gehrke, Salt Lake Tribune, Feb 10, 2015.
Was anyone surprised at Oda's ignominious surrender? Touted
as one of Utah's supposed "gun rights champions", Oda received
-75% rating on the 2013 Utah Government Corruption
SB 120: "Turning the State Forester into a Monarch" in
HB 276: "Violence Against Open Carry Gun Owners" in 2014,
and has already sponsored
HB 37: "Gun Control by Bureaucrats" this session.
Rather than push statutators to toughen up and put their votes
where their big mouths are, Oda prefers to collaborate with
rabidly anti-gun Herbert, who received a
-100% on the same report, has
background checks for BB guns (yes, you read that
worked via secretive "back channels" to prevent officials
from being held accountable on a nearly identical bill in 2013
Imagine the wonderful results gun owners can expect from this
special beehive of backroom deals. Will they be joined
by "firearms community" stalwarts like Utah Shooting Sports
Council (USSC) chairman, W. Clark Aposhian,
who appeared to secretively facilitate opposition to HB 76 in
2013? To ridicule Oda directly,
Catholic Bishop John Wester Makes a Bee-Line for Gun
"HB 76 establishes a culture in Utah that prioritizes
deadly weapons over human life. That is not the vision we
have for Utah and I hope, and suspect, it is not your vision
either. I know you share our interest in protecting the
sanctity of life. What I and the Catholic Church seek is to
build on this common ground to achieve common sense gun
John Wester, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salt
Lake City, in a
March 15, 2013 letter to Executive Monarch Gary Herbert.
Wester's position against
HB 76 S1 (Carry "Unloaded" Firearms Concealed) actually
prioritizes the lives and violent actions of criminals and
sadly affirms a culture of violence and death.
The present statute
that Wester desires to preserve solely disarms peaceful,
innocent citizens and unjustly subjects them to murder, rape,
and other criminal attacks.
Who does "we" refer to in Wester's
Wester and the Pope?
Does "we" include Catholics in Wester's Diocese, and,
if so, did he bother to poll them and allow discussion on this
topic before speaking politically on their behalf?
Or is this a form of religious-political extortion that
denies personal conscience and dignity:
Wester's Diocese must adopt, and assist, his personal gun
control advocacy, or at least say nothing?
Perhaps Bishop Wester should check
with the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Burlington (Vermont).
Catholics and others
there carry LOADED firearms concealed without
licenses or permits and the crime rate is one of the lowest in
UT Gun Rights asserts that Bishop
Wester's priority of placing the lives of criminals ahead of
the lives of innocents is not a basis for common ground.
His odd conception of the sanctity of human life and
inappropriate political statement is something that
life-affirming Catholics and Utahns should strongly reject.
Wester's phone is 801-328-8641 and his fax is 801-328-0324.
New Lt. Governor, Spencer Cox, Is Just Buzzing for Gun
"It was great to talk to you today. I thought you might
be interested in my thoughts on HB 76. This document
represents my thoughts on why I was wrong and Gov. Herbert was
right. It is fairly long and detailed (by design). It is
still a work in progress, but I want to be prepared in
case my 'switch' vote becomes public. Thanks for all
you do!" [bold added] then-representative Spencer Cox
April 13, 2013 private email to Mike Mower, governor
Herbert's Deputy for Community Outreach.
Cox voted for
HB 76 S1 (Carry "Unloaded" Firearms Concealed)
during the legislative session. When a secretive poll
was later conducted by the house and senate monarchs, however,
he voted AGAINST holding a veto-override for the bill.
Rather than proudly and publicly announce his "switch" in
favor of gun control, Cox was preparing to defend himself
"IN CASE" his betrayal was made public.
Unlike previous years, citizens were
correctly pressuring the house and senate monarchs to make
the veto override poll public. Fortunately, those
citizens were successful, and also exposed Cox's doting email.
Herbert has found a suitable yes-man who will promote his gun
control agenda through secretive back channels. To learn
more, see our June 25, 2013 article,
Hid Behind Herbert's Veto of HB 76." To contact Cox,
click here. To contact Herbert,
Mayor Ralph Becker Implores Congress to Force Gun Control on
"I hope that people in states like mine, where the
initial reaction is 'Don't have government do anything. These
won't make any difference,' that people will move beyond the
rhetoric. And consider what we can do that is
reasonable, that is completely within the confines of what we
treasure in the Second Amendment. And we can take some
measures. And it's going to take Congress."
[bold added] Salt Lake City mayor Ralph Becker, "Mayors
rally in D.C. for action on
guns," by Kevin Robillard, Politico, January 17
Becker was attending, and is a member of, the
Mayors, which advocates banning so-called "assault
weapons" like AR-15s, AK-47s, M1-As, etc., and
standard-capacity magazines over 10 rounds (see
source 1 and
source 2). Becker is also a member of New York mayor
Mayors Against Illegal Guns, which advocates the same gun
controls. Becker exemplifies lessons taught in Gun Control
101: If you can't get the people of your own state to ban it,
ignore them and get the federal congress to do your dirty