By: Matt Issent

Colorado the state of great skiing in Aspen and state capital of Denver, is home to a multitude of mass shooting incidents and several of the most known incidents. These prominent shootings include the 1999 Columbine High School Shooting that killed 15, the 2012 Aurora movie theater shooting that killed 12, and the 2015 Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado Springs that killed 3.

Colorado unlike most urban dominated states has Open Carry and Concealed Carry of handguns laws. Open Carry allows for individuals to poses a gun either a long or hand gun in public without permit, except in Denver and other posted areas within Colorado.

Interestingly enough the three previously mentioned shootings had resulted in just one more death than the deadliest shooting massacre in Colorado, that being the 1914 Ludlow Massacre which resulted in 29 deaths. You may be wondering how a massacre could have occurred before modern day “assault” rifles were even invented. Well look no further than the Colorado National Guard and the Colorado Fuel & Iron Company camp guards who assaulted a tent colony of more than 1,200 striking coal miners and their families. Part of the Colorado Coalfield War, “the deadliest strike in the history of the United States” that by the end of the entire ordeal, deaths ranged from 69 to 199 people, wrote Thomas G. Andrews in his book, Killing for Coal.

While not in the present day, those who chose to ignore history to suit their means and agenda are doing a disservice to you, the reader. How can we the people be wrapped up in small shootings, when the greatest shooting in the state was conducted by the state’s government. The National Guardsmen have killed unarmed citizens after this 1914 massacre, take a trip back to 1970 to the Ken State massacre; where 28 guardsmen fired 67 rounds killing four unarmed students and wounding nine others. Guns can be deadly in the hands of individuals and the state, don’t allow for only the state to have guns because as we all know, history repeats itself.

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