A bill requiring background checks for all gun sales passed the Colorado Senate 19–16 yesterday on an almost entirely party-line vote. One Democrat, state Sen. Lois Tochtrop, crossed over to oppose the bill. It now moves to the Colorado House, where Democrats enjoy a 37–28 majority.
Although the vote in the state senate was relatively close, few Americans oppose universal background checks. Indeed, a recent poll found that just 8 percent of the nation agrees with the National Rifle Association’s opposition to these checks — a position that is less popular than communism, polygamy or human cloning according to other polls: