Colorado State Representative Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) is the sponsor of several bills currently before the Colorado legislature to impose new gun restrictions on law-abiding citizens in Colorado. It turns out she has a criminal record for arrests in 1976 for larceny and in 1991 for shoplifting. I don’t know the final disposition of those arrests.
There is something seemly about a person with a history of trouble with the law trying to restrict Second Amendment rights of the law abiding. Aurora voters ought to more careful about who they vote for to be their representative in the law making branch of government.
UPDATE: Today’s Denver Post has an article on this. Fields says she had to steal to feed her children. In a country with the most generous welfare system in the world? Give me a break.
Moreover, she wants understanding and compassion for her circumstances in her criminal past. But where is her understanding and compassion for the law-abiding people of Colorado whose innocent activities she is trying to criminalize?
UPDATE No. 2: Rhonda Fields rap sheet longer than first reported — in addition to that noted above she pleaded guilty to writing bad checks in 1998. Her driving record is also such that she needs to be pretty careful for a few years or she might face an habitual traffic offender charge. There is one other serious charge that won’t appear on her rap sheet. Someone who was present during House debates and witnessed her performance says she “distinguished herself as being one of the stupidest people to win a seat of power anywhere, ever, in the history of always.”
I don’t know for sure whether her criminal record would prohibit her from being able to pass the background check to buy a gun, but I’m pretty sure no Sheriff in Colorado would give her a CCW permit. Someone who could not have a CCW because of their criminal record should not be allowed to cast votes in the State Assembly against the fundamental rights of law-abiding citizens to keep and bear arms.