Gun Control Effort Succeeds!
A few months before the election, Jim Brady came to Denver to support SAFE Colorado's efforts.
After a number of gun control bills failed to pass in the Colorado Legislature, SAFE Colorado
decided to take one of those measures to a vote of the people. In Spring 2000 SAFE Colorado drafted a ballot initiative
to close the gun show loophole in Colorado- to require every
buyer at a gun show to undergo a criminal background check, not just those who buy from licensed dealers.
At the ceremony, Tom was wearing a pair of Daniel's tennis shoes to mark the occasion. Daniel had passed his dad in height but he wore the same size shoes, so Tom decided he'd "walk in Daniel's shoes" as he fought to stregthen our gun laws and debated the issue, just as he knew Daniel would want him to do!
Despite the efforts of the NRA and the gun lobby to defeat Amendment 22, and even though Colorado is a conservative, western, pro-gun state, Amendment 22 won by an amazing margin: 70% in favor, only 30% against!!! What a great victory for the safety of the people of Colorado and for the memory of Daniel and other gun victims.
What's next? Tom returned to his old job at the Dept. of Transportation. He's still active in
the gun control movement, saying that the loss of over 30,000 people a year to gunshots still requires serious
attention. But he can't be working on at the same level of intensity, given his return to his old job and the time
required at home with his newly adopted daughter from China. That means it's important for the REST OF YOU to play a role in this struggle for a safer,