On February 20, 2013, Colorado’s State Assembly passed four gun-control bills in contravention of the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. The four bills are:
- HB 1224 – Bans magazines with a capacity greater than 15 rounds. (Passed 34-31)
- HB 1226 – Repeals current law allowing individuals with a concealed carry permit to carry a firearm for self-defense on a college or university campus. (Passed 34-31)
- HB 1228 – Imposes a “gun tax” for a background check when purchasing a firearm. (Passed 33-32)
- HB 1229 – Criminalizes the private transfer of a firearm. (Passed 36-29)
Now comes news that Rep. Rhonda Fields, the co-sponsor of two of the bills (HB 1224 and HB 1229) whose website proclaims her to be “A Fighter for Justice, Fairness and Community,” has a criminal record!
l to r: Rep. Rhonda Fields; Shoplifter Rhonda Fields’ 1991 mugshot
Media Trackers reports, March 6, 2013, that a report by the Colorado Department of Public Safety’s Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) indicates State Representative Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora) was arrested in 1976 on a charge of larceny and again in 1991 on a charge of shoplifting. (For the CBI’s report in pdf, click here.)
Here’s CBI’s criminal record for Rhonda Fields, aka Rhonda Charlotte Marshal, Rhonda Chollet Woods, Carolyn Ann Combs, Rhonda Marshall Fields, and Marshall Fields (click to enlarge):
First elected to Colorado’s House of Representatives in 2010, Fields claimed that her criminal record of larceny and shoplifting — spanning 15 years! — was due to a “dark” and “desperate” time in her life.
But Media Trackers reports, March 7, 2013, that public records show Rep. Fields’ disregard for the state’s laws continued well into her tenure as an elected lawmaker. State court records reveal multiple offenses committed by Fields that were not previously reported, including at least one while holding public office at the state level:
- In 1998, Fields pleaded guilty to writing bad checks when she was charged by the Ft. Collins Police Department. Fields was eventually required to pay fines and court costs of $344. The charge could have landed Fields a jail sentence of up to 30 days.
- Fields also demonstrated a willful disregard for state and local traffic laws, both before and after she became a lawmaker:
- In 2011, she was fined $130 for a lane assignment infraction near the intersection of 6th and Lincoln in Denver.
- In 2009, she was fined $130 for speeding between 15 and 19 miles per hour over the speed limit at the Denver International Airport.
- In December of 2007, she was fined $190 for speeding between 10 and 14 miles per hour over the speed limit in Denver.
- In 1989, Fields was fined $576 for careless driving in Littleton — a case that dragged on for years until it was finally closed in 1996.
Despite her criminal history, Rep. Fields has previously received campaign donations from the Aurora Police Association.
Like all the other federal and state gun-control legislation, Colorado’s exempt government officials and members of law enforcement and the U.S. military from the bills’ and laws’ gun restrictions.
That a sponsor of Colorado’s gun-control bills is herself a law-offender not only points to Rhonda Fields’ hypocrisy, it also gives vivid meaning to the expression “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws have guns”.
Here’s Fields’ contact info:
State Representative – District 42
Office Location: 200 East Colfax
Denver, CO 80203
Capitol Phone: 303-866-3911
H/t Monderno and FOTM’s CSM