Over the weekend, Denver Post Editorial Page Editor Vincent Carroll pointed out that gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez has shown a "tendency in recent years to voice support for the fringe issue du jour on the right, whether it's northern Colorado secession or repeal of the 17th Amendment permitting the direct election of senators."
I just found yet another instance of Beauprez voicing "support for the fringe issue du jour on the right."
This time, Beauprez was on a right-wing radio show Dec. 21, 2012, a week after the Sandy Hook massacre. And the hot topic was the stockpiling of guns and ammo.
Host Chuck Wilder asked Beauprez, who's running against Gov. John Hickenlooper, if he thought people were buying guns and ammo to "protect yourself against the bad guys or to protect yourself against the government which might say, 'Only the government is going to have guns?'"
Beauprez responded by saying there's a "growing sentiment" that America might be on the "verge of something very, very bad," and "folks realize they may need to protect themselves against the government that was supposed to be instituted to protect us."
Beauprez's use of the word "realize" indicates his agreement with the sentiment, I'd say.
Beauprez's comments extend the theme, expressed by the Republican candidate previously, of impending civil war in America. On the Internet show "Christian Today," Beauprez once said:
Beauprez: I hope and pray that, that we don't see another revolution in this country, I hope and pray we don't see another civil war, but this administration is pushing the boundaries like none I think we've ever, ever seen.
For more of the objectively fringy comments, like the ones Carroll mentioned, as well as Beauprez's statement that Americans are like sheep who'd blindly allow the government to implant microchips in their bodie, read Susan Greene's recent article in the Colorado independent.
Partial transcrirpt of the Talkback with Chuck Wilder Show, Dec. 21, 2012, on the digital Cable Radio Network.
Beauprez: I don't mean to minimized this tragedy. It is a horrible tragedy. But the rush of politicians to somehow blame the gun when there is a whole lot going on than the weapon. If you are going to ban guns, you're going to have to ban a whole lot of other things, baseball bats, kitchen skillets.
Chuck Wilder: Some people, you know, they will look for a giant conspiracy. And that's why, you know, all the K-Mart stores have already sold out of their assault weapons that they sell. That's why, right now, what was it, 6,000 or 8,000 a day are joining the NRA since last Friday.
Baeuprez: We've got that going on in Colorado, the rush to apply for concealed-weapon permits, the gun training businesses are overwhelmed with people.
Chuck: You've got to ask yourself, Bob, and I'll ask you. Do you think it's to protect yourself against the bad guys or to protect yourself against the government which might say, 'Only the government is going to have guns?' You know what I'm saying?
Beauprez: I think a lot of the rush right now for people to get what firearms they want or need, to load up on ammunition, to get better trained, because, at a minimum, they think it's going to be much harder to do very soon. You're absolutely correct, there is a growing sentiment within this country that we might be on the verge of something very, very bad. And folks realize they may need to protect themselves against the government that was supposed to be instituted to protect us."