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Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., speaks about Democrats and Republicans sitting together during President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
On Wednesday, two more Colorado lawmakers came out in favor of stricter gun control laws: Colorado Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet.

"I’ve come to the conclusion that military style weapons really don’t have any place in our society, Udall told Stokols. "We ought to reinstate the assault weapons ban that served us well for 10 years from 1994 to 2004.” - Huffington Post, 12/21/12

Udall was speaking with Fox 31's Erik Stokols:
AURORA,CO--OCTOBER 17TH 2009--Congressman, Mark Udall, during the 9News/Denver Post Health Care Forum,
“It’s just not acceptable to do nothing in the face of these periodic massacres,” Udall said, calling for a “comprehensive approach” that also includes focusing on mental health. - Fox 31 Denver, 12/20/12
Udall and Bennet have been criticized by local media for giving credulous statements about whether or not they would support new gun control legislation and renewing the ban on assault weapons:

In the aftermath of too many violent mass shootings, unwillingness from Bennet and Udall to take even general stands on guns smacks of being more concerned about their political fortunes than in the fortunes of the people who have suffered as a result of laws that are too lax.

Their silence so far this week reminds me of 2009. Just days after their ridiculous votes in favor of allowing concealed weapons in national parks, the pair were singled out for what appeared to be expedient “yes” votes on a failed effort to force states to honor concealed weapons permits issued by other states — even if issuing states’ permitting procedures were weak.

At the time, both Udall and Bennet denied that they were willing to, as the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank reported, “vote ‘no’ if necessary,” though his account was supported by others who witnessed the day’s proceedings.

Are Bennet and Udall beholden to the gun lobby, or willing to stand up to it?

They can answer that question now by sharing their positions in order to avoid any confusion on the issue. Or they can continue to see where the herd is headed and leave us guessing as to their motives. - Denver, Post, 12/19/12

Udall also publicly went on the record that he would vote for the reinstatement of the ban on assault weapons and a separate ban on high-capacity magazines:
epa01470114 Colorado Representative Mark Udall addresses the final session of the 2008 Democratic National Convention at Invesco Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado USA, 28 August 2008. 75,000 to 80,000 people are expected to hear Barack Obama accept the Democratic party nomination during the night session.  EPA/TANNEN MAURY
“I’ve been listening to Coloradans over the last week, I’ve been studying the laws that are in place. As I considered what happened in Aurora this summer and now Connecticut and the mass shootings in between, it just seems to me that guns that belong on the battlefield and are used to kill as many people as possible, that we ought to make sure they don’t get in the hands of people who want to commit these heinous crimes.

“I wanted to believe that the existing laws we have would be enough to prevent these tragedies, but experience tells us otherwise.” - Fox 31 Denver, 12/20/12

Good to hear Senator.  Udall's colleague and DSCC Chairman, Senator Michael Bennet (D. CO) also made his support for new gun legislation and banning assault weapons clear:
"The shooters in Aurora and Newtown should not have had access to the guns or magazines they used. I believe a combination of improved access to mental health services, restrictions on certain weapons intended for the battlefield, and elimination of the gun show loophole are sensible steps that can reduce our children’s risk." - Fox 31 Denver, 12/20/12

Originally posted to pdc on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 05:20 PM PST.

Also republished by Colorado COmmunity.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Funny Stuff at

    by poopdogcomedy on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 05:20:15 PM PST

  •  Uhm. How did the ban serve us well? nt (0+ / 0-)

    Republicans cause more damage than guns ever will. Share Our Wealth

    by KVoimakas on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 05:30:44 PM PST

  •  Once more, for the record: (1+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:

    "I’ve come to the conclusion that military style weapons really don’t have any place in our society," Udall told Stokols.

    What a disgusting, sniveling pronouncement.  Barely removed from the evolutionary muck.

    This is what passes for Democratic representation in CO-2 in 2012?

    Has he come out against slavery yet?

    "And now we know that government by organized money is just as dangerous as government by organized mob." -- FDR

    by Mogolori on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 05:38:06 PM PST

  •  Both of these Senators are poster children (0+ / 0-)

    for the capitulation and cowardice that dominates Washington. They are nothing more than political opportunists. Udall was as liberal as he had to be when he represented a very blue district in Colorado, since moving to the Senate he has grown quite comfortable with corporate centrism.

    Bennet who's largest gift to Denver was his corporate school reform of the Denver School District (which failed to produce any results-what a surprise) fits in nicely with Arne and Obama as they continue to blame teachers for societies ills and destroy public education. Both of these men are self serving parasites. Their comments and thoughts on gun control are meaningless- they go the way the wind blows.

  •  Both Udall and Bennet are hardly beholden to the (0+ / 0-)

    gun lobby. I met Bennet one day when, get this, I was out with my 8 yr old who was shooting at a shindig put on by our state parks folks. My boy loves shooting and Bennet said he thought it was great that kids were keeping a CO tradition.

    Udall has introduced tons of good gun legislation.

    They support carry in parks because it's a great idea.

    They are westerners. More than half of rural Dems have guns. We like our senators.

    Not sure what they are saying about re instituting the old assault ban, that one allowed Bushmasters. Maybe they just like US made guns.

    How big is your personal carbon footprint?

    by ban nock on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 06:56:49 PM PST

  •  I'm glad to hear this. (0+ / 0-)

    It's always good news when an elected official makes a step forward, albeit a small step.

    It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

    by Radiowalla on Fri Dec 21, 2012 at 06:57:50 PM PST

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