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"The sad thing is it makes us all just look like whiners out here," said Johnson, a retired teacher and former superintendent. On a recent trip to Texas to visit family, he said it was a few minutes before relatives started questioning him about the secession movement.
"I’m saddened that people, maybe, see us in a lesser light," Johnson said.
Kim Weninger, 55, doesn’t see it that way. "I do think that we do have to send a message to the Front Range that you aren’t the only people in the state," she said.
New restrictions on firearms, including banning magazines that hold more than 15 rounds, was among the slew of legislation that only highlighted an urban versus rural divide, she said.
"I have people tell me all the time that I have no reason to have a gun. Well, you know what? We have rattlesnakes in our yards. We have coyotes that get a hold of our cats. I need a weapon to protect animals, to protect myself. But somebody in Boulder is not going to understand that," she said.
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