As once Red Colorado continues to grow more purple (and even blue), there is a growing pile of evidence proving that conservative policies worked better for the Centennial State than liberal policies do.
Some of this is to be expected of course. Colorado is near our Southern Border with Mexico and has faced a more daunting illegal immigration problem than states further North. They’ve also seen a tremendous amount of population growth in a short time frame do to movement from more liberal Blue states (mostly California). Sadly, Colorado’s biggest problem seems to be it’s decision to embrace liberal policies that, in the end, always hurt more than they help.
For example, since Colorado legislators decided to crack down on gun rights while simultaneously loosening up on access to marijuana, the crime rate has skyrocketed.
Crime rates dropped or remained static in many of the nation’s 30 largest cities last year, but in Colorado the crime rate per 100,000 people spiked by 3.4 percent, fueled by a rise in auto thefts, rape, murder and robbery.
Colorado’s crime-rate increase in 2016 was more than 11 times the 0.3 percent average increase reported in the 30 largest cities in the nation, according to the Brennan Center for Justice.
Last year’s number of homicides — 189 — marked an 9.9 percent increase over the 172 in 2015, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation report “2016 Crime in Colorado.” Nearly one in three homicides were committed in Denver.
Even more troubling for citizens of Colorado is the corresponding spike in violent crime:
The number of rapes increased 7.2 percent — from 3,275 in 2015 to 3,512 in 2016 — the CBI report says. The increase of rapes per 100,000 residents was 5 percent.
Robberies in Colorado increased 5.9 percent to 3,518, and the number of aggravated assaults jumped 8.3 percent to 10,682, according to the CBI report.
The number of homicides across the state was the highest since 2004, according to records. It also represents a 47 percent increase over the 129 homicides in 2010.
There were 57 murders in Denver in 2016, according to the report. That represented 30 percent of all murders in Colorado.
But why is crime going up when the new gun laws that Colorado’s Democrats rammed through the legislature were supposed to help lower crime? Well, apparently when the Democrats were trying (unconvincingly) to sell their new gun laws to the people of Colorado they oversold the impact that those policies would have.
A law expanding background check requirements on Colorado gun sales has been in effect for about a year, and an Associated Press analysis of state data compiled during that span shows the projected impact was vastly overstated in a key budget report…
But after a year of operating under the new system, Colorado Bureau of Investigations officials have performed only about 13,600 reviews considered a result of the new law — about 7 percent of the estimated first year total…
For Republicans, it provides evidence that a plan they opposed from the start was an unnecessary attack on the rights of gun owners and bolsters the conservative efforts that recalled two Democratic state senators and prompted a third to resign.
“Nothing good came of the passage of the law, except we found out just how anti-gun Democrats in Colorado are,” said GOP state Sen. Greg Brophy.
There’s more, LibertyParkPress reports that the state of Washington is seeing similar problems, particularly around the city of Seattle. What does Washington have in common with Colorado? New anti-freedom gun control laws and legal marijuana.
Hmmm… I wonder if there is a connection?