Here’s one of my nominees for the next editions of Great Speeches of the 21st Century, and Great Speeches in American History. Sen. Mike Johnston, on March 11, in the Colorado State Senate, spoke against coward, “hollow men,” who commit mass shootings, and how to protect from them:
Notes from YouTube posting:
Published on Mar 12, 2013
March 11, 2013: Sen. Mike Johnston (D-Denver) describes how gun safety legislation, particularly HB 13-1224, can make a difference.
What do you think?
‘Eleven kids saved in eleven seconds’ seems like a powerful argument, to me.
And this: “And so the bad news is that at that moment will be outgunned. The good news is that in America that never means we will be outfought.”
And this: “The task of taking lives, and the task of saving lives, are fundamentally different endeavors, and they require different tools.”
At about 6:04 into this, listen to Sen. Johnston talk about the “cost of living and loving is that it takes up so much space in our lives.”
- Colorado Senate passes raft of gun bills; House Democrat now wavers (denverpost.com)
- New gun control laws pass Colorado Senate (capitolhillblue.com)
- Colorado Senate OKs gun bill (politico.com)
- Text of Colorado HR 13-1224 (I think this is the final version, as passed by both houses)
- Mike Johnston’s campaign website
- Johnston’s page at the Colorado General Assembly site; note he’s the vice-chair of the Education Committee
- And in opposition, a site that favors the shooters over the school kids: Colorado Senate Dems push through gun control bill (americanthinker.com)