Hundreds Welcome Gov. Hickenlooper ... With Protests
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Governor John Hickenlooper stopped in Grand Junction Saturday, addressing issues affecting the Western Slope and the entire state. Hundreds of folks gathered at Colorado Mesa University in protest, speaking out against recent gun control measures signed into law.
Citizens joined to use their First Amendment rights to fight for their Second Amendment rights.
Garry White, a protester and member of Freedom Colorado, said, "Western range people should be mad as heck, as hell, in my opinion."
Another protester, Chess Neff, said, "They are committing tyranny and that's not a part of the American dream."
Joyce Shaffer says people call her "The Patriot."
"They are taking away our freedoms bit by bit, it's like a can of worms, once you pop the lid off, they all crawl out," she said.
She uses her voice to inspire fellow Americans.
"I can say things in music that if I just said to someone it wouldn't sink in, music touches the heart," said Shaffer.
Gov. Hickenlooper didn't come to Grand Junction to talk about gun regulation, but heard protesters loud and clear.
"There's an awful lot of emotion, I just try to make sure people take the facts into consideration and maybe temper some of the emotions," said Hickenlooper.
He stood by the controversial gun control measures that he recently signed into law.
Hickenlooper said, "Gun checks they are inconvenience. But we all have to agree that we're all going to make some compromises and keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people."
However, these protesters will agree to disagree.
"What would I sing to him? I have a song called corruption," said Shaffer.
They say their fight against gun control isn't over yet.
Law enforcement was on campus during the protest, but NewsChannel 5 is told no arrests were made.
The Mesa County Patriots and Freedom Colorado co-hosted the event.