CO Governor Signs Massive Gun Control, Then Grants Stay Of Execution For Convicted Mass Murderer

The epitome of liberal thinking is on display in Colorado and the number one example is Governor John Hickenlooper. After signing sweeping gun control legislation, Hickenlooper has now extended a stay of execution for a man that murdered four fellow employees in cold blood with a gun and then attempted to kill a fifth employee. Guess who will continue to pay to keep this convicted murderer up? That’s right, the citizens of Colorado.

On Wednesday, Hickenlooper provided a temporary stay of execution for convicted mass murderer Nathan Dunlap. According to Hickenlooper, the stay would remain in effect as long as he is the governor.

Dunlap was 19 when he went to the Chuck E. Cheese’s where he once worked and killed Ben Grant, Sylvia Crowell, Colleen O’Connor, and Margaret Kohlberg. He also shot and seriously wounded Bobby Stephens and then left with about $1,500 in cash and game tokens.

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Take a moment to think about that. Four people’s lives were only valued by this man at less than $400 and actually less than that if you consider he attempted to murder Stephens.

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“Colorado’s system of capital punishment is imperfect and inherently inequitable,” Hickenlooper said after announcing the reprieve. “Such a level of punishment really does demand perfection.”

It seems Colorado’s governor is inherently inequitable as well.

The Denver Post reports,

While the reprieve is “temporary,” Hickenlooper said at a news conference that it is “highly unlikely” he will reconsider the death penalty for the man convicted of killing four people in an Aurora Chuck E. Cheese’s restaurant in 1993.

In a Capitol rotunda crowded with reporters and observers, Hickenlooper stood alone at a lectern and began his public statement by saying he had just finished a “difficult” call to families of Dunlap’s victims.

Dunlap had exhausted all of his appeals and was scheduled to be executed in August.

George Brauchler, the District Attorney whose office sought Dunlap’s execution, believes said that Hickenlooper’s decision “does not feel like an act of courage and it sure isn’t leadership.”

“There’s going to be one person … who goes to bed with a smile on their face tonight and that’s Nathan Dunlap,” Brauchler said. “He’s got one person to thank for that smile. That’s Gov. John Hickenlooper.”

“I’m confused. I’m frustrated,” he told reporters. “Disappointed isn’t strong enough.”

Yeah, I’m betting the victims’ families are a bit of that and more. However, this is what liberals do. They talk about compassion, but then they just drive the knife in further and twist it. But don’t take my word for it. Take the word of a one of Dunlap’s victim’s father.

“The knife that’s been in my back … was just twisted by the governor,” said Bob Crowell, whose daughter, Sylvia, was one of those Dunlap killed.

Sandi Rogers, whose 17 year old son, Ben, was one of Dunlap’s victims said, “This is a cold-blooded killer. He planned it, and he executed it, and now, 19 years later, he still hasn’t paid for it. That’s just wrong. The thought of (Dunlap) being granted clemency and being put in the general population where he can hang out with his homies scares me to death. It scares me to my core.”

Here, the governor has basically told the families of the victims that they will have to pay taxes to keep the guy up that murdered their loved ones. At the same time, this same governor has made it more difficult for those same families to defend themselves against others like Dunlap. Hickenlooper does not know what it means to govern, nor does he understand justice.

Prosecutors in the case noted that Hickenlooper ran as a proponent of the death penalty.

“He made a choice to be judge and jury in this case,” said Dan May, the El Paso County district attorney. “This case did not need that.”

And just like a good liberal, Hickelooper will not make the difficult decisions that need to be made, but will pass the buck to someone else. Atttorney General John Suthers issued a statement to that effect, saying that Hickelooper “has proven to be uncomfortable confronting the perpetrators of evil in our society. The governor is certainly entitled to these views, but granting a reprieve simply means that his successor will have to make the tough choice that he cannot.”

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