Dear Editor:

Recall McLachlan petition drive is actively underway in Archuleta County. Why should you support this action?

As a former commissioner and an active volunteer for several boards, programs and projects in Archuleta County and the Region 9 area, I understand rural politics versus metro politics, local politics and representation versus representation bought by big and out-of-the-area money. McLachlan campaigned as veteran and staunch supporter of the 2nd Amendment, but that support and attitude to protect District 59’s interest in Colorado Government disappeared the minute he hit Denver. I am not saying we don’t need better mental health programs to help those that would do harm to others, but when you take away the rights of those that want to be able to defend themselves, you are starting down the path to take away Americans’ constitutional rights.

Big money and big promises from the Biden and Bloomberg groups came and the next thing we knew he was carrying and moving through committee, to the floor, and to the Senate, bills to ban 15-round magazines, ban private sales, gifts or transfers, and instituting universal background checks. All the while saying he was representing District 59. That’s not what the people of District 59 at the Durango Library in March, 2013, heard Mike McLachlan say, “the 2nd Amendment like all amendments is not an absolute right, which can be exercised, at any time, or any place, by any person, for any reason.”

That is not what he heard in the messages that overflowed his e-mail, voicemail and text messaging from District 59. He has turned a deaf ear to the voice of his constituents in southwest Colorado. In the past, I have felt that a politician deserves a chance to get into the position and work through the issues, however, Mike McLachlan has shown his true colors in less than three months and they are not in the interest of District 59, or Archuleta County.

We need to recall him now before he can do any more to ruin Colorado.

In the past few weeks, numerous outfitters, lodge owners, etc. in the Pagosa area have received calls and cancellations from hunters from other states that will not be returning to Colorado this year to hunt because of the new gun regulations. Can Archuleta afford that kind of economic losses?

Protect your 2nd Amendment rights. We need someone that listens to what District 59 wants, not NY and Chicago politics. Where to sign: Entry to Eagle Mountain and WRB CPAs Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. -5:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Quality Resort Tuesday-Thursday 3-6:30 p.m.; River Center by the Malt Shoppe Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; or call 731-3971 for other locations. Send District 59 Rep. McLachlan home from Denver politics.

Ronnie Zaday

This story was posted on April 4, 2013.

One Response to Recall

  1. pgsgal

    April 5, 2013 at 9:23 am

    So requiring background checks and limiting the size of ammunition magazines is deterring hunters from coming to Pagosa? How does that impact a legal hunter? And why would the average hunter need automatic weapons to hit their target anyway? More power to Mike McLachlan and shame on those wasting our money with a recall attempt.