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For many, the wholesale allowance of recreational marijuana in Colorado put The Centennial State high on their list of places to visit, expecting a western paradise of American freedom.

Unfortunately, those people were wrong.

Now, I don’t wish to be misunderstood:  I am in full support of Colorado’s groundbreaking pot prohibition stance and the incredible economic and social impact it has had on the state, its GDP, and its opioid dependency.  As the rest of the nation continues to to head in Colorado’s direction on marijuana, however, the state is allowing certain municipalities to subvert other American freedoms.

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Notably, and personally offensive to me, is what has occurred in Denver, Colorado in regard to breed specific legislation.

A few weeks ago, two police cars and two animal control vehicles pulled up at the home of Stef’ny Steffan looking for her beloved 4-year-old pit bull, Xena. Seven officers hauled the animal off to the city shelter, putting her on death row.

Xena became an outlaw after Denver won a court fight and reinstated one of the toughest pit-bull bans in the nation. Since May, more than 380 dogs have been impounded and at least 260 destroyed — an average of more than three a day.

Dog owners are in a panic. Some are using an underground railroad of sorts, sending their pets to live elsewhere or hiding them from authorities. City officials would not estimate how many people might be violating the ordinance.

As of 2009, the 20 year old ban had already killed nearly 3,500 pets.  Figures for today’s death toll are difficult to come by thanks to a war of search engine results being waged by hysterical “pit bull” opponents and responsible dog owners.

The town of Boulder, just up the road from Denver, is taking a page out of the state capitals’ book and arbitrarily banning things that they don’t like.

The city council in Boulder, Colo., has unanimously voted to ban assault-style weapons, large-capacity ammunition magazines and bump stocks.

The ban will only apply to new purchases of assault-style weapons, CBS News reported, and members of law enforcement, government officers and military personnel will be exempted.

Current owners will be grandfathered in and allowed to keep the guns they already have, according to the network. Residents who already own assault-style weapons will have until the end of the year to receive a certificate of ownership, it added.

Owners of the high-capacity magazines and bump stocks — devices used to make semi-automatic guns fire at a high rate of speed — will have until July 15 to dispose of the accessories or sell them.

If the analogy isn’t quite clicking yet, let’s try not using the wholly irrelevant and erroneous term “pit bulls”, and start using “assault puppies”.  That’s just how ignorant both of these bans are.



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