Colorado gun rights advocates score big win in #COrecall election

Posted by: ST on September 11, 2013 at 11:22 am

Via Political Wire:

“An epic national debate over gun rights in Colorado on Tuesday saw two Democratic state senators ousted for their support for stricter laws, a ‘ready, aim, fired’ message intended to stop other politicians for pushing for firearms restrictions,” the Denver Post reports.


Joshua Spivak: “There’s no question that Gun Rights groups scored a big win here. I mentioned that this is a symbolic recall — the gun control law was not getting overturned and the Democrats would not lose control of the Senate. However, as a symbol, this is a big one. It may once again scare off legislators from moderate to conservative districts in the rest of the country from supporting gun control legislation. If the goal was to revisit 1994, then it is very possible that they succeeded.”

More from that Denver Post article:

The turn of events made Morse and Giron the first Colorado state lawmakers to be recalled. Former Colorado Springs councilman Bernie Herpin will take Morse’s seat in the Senate, while Pueblo will be represented by former Deputy Police Chief George Rivera.

It’s unclear when the city of Pueblo was last represented in the Senate by a Republican.

“Coloradans … sent a clear message that politicians who blatantly ignore their constituents will be held accountable,” said Dustin Zvonek, state director of Americans for Prosperity. “Perhaps this will serve as a lesson that one-party rule in Denver doesn’t give the majority license to take things to extremes or run roughshod over the values and rights of Coloradans who just happen, for the moment, to be in the minority.”


But it wasn’t just the NRA that warned Democrats about messing with gun rights.

Sen. Lois Tochtrop, an Adams County Democrat and longtime Second Amendment activist, opposed five of the seven gun bills initially introduced in the session, including a lightning-rod proposal by Morse.

That proposal would have assigned liability for assault-style weapon damages to manufacturers and sellers, but Morse killed it at the 11th-hour because he didn’t have the votes to pass it through the Democratic-controlled Senate.

“I feel like all these gun bills have done — to quote the last words in the movie ‘Tora! Tora! Tora!’ — is to awaken a sleeping giant,” Tochtrop said during the debate.

Awaken they did.

Well done, Colorado second amendment proponents. Well done.

Colorado recall

‘Stand up for your rights!’ someone, somewhere shouted.
And so Coloradans did.
(Photo via CBS)

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3 Responses to “Colorado gun rights advocates score big win in #COrecall election”


  1. Tex says:

    I was in Colorado Springs the past 4 days for vacation and became aware of this recall during that time. Everywhere I went I saw some people holding signs that said “Vote No” for the recall. Saw no signs saying “Vote Yes”. The radio and TV were flooded with “Vote No” advertisements vilifying Republicans as trying to “force their will on the people” if you can believe that coming from the architects of Obamacare. Heard no advertisements for “Vote Yes”.

    Looks like it was the “silent majority” in Colorado that made the decision to “Vote Yes” and kick out the two anti-Constitutional reps. Could be a frightening omen for Democrats coming up to the 2014 Congressional elections.

    What was more interesting to me that in the Democratic stronghold of Pueblo, Sen. Angela Giron lost by a wider margin that did Senate President John Morse in the Republican stronghold of Colorado Springs. Sounds like a lot of Democrats are really, really not happy with their own anti-Constitutional reps.

    Side note: Rep. Giron of Pueblo and Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs are the first state lawmakers in Colorado state history to be recalled.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    This is trademark left-wing politics. They think every unfortunate incident involving guns is a problem related to the Second Amendment. Never is there a mention of the non-existent mental health care in this country or the fact that those requiring such care are overpopulating the homeless shelters and prisons.

    As I have said before, my Second Amendment rights to protect myself with a lethal weapon trump everyone else’s First Amendment rights to say whatever they wish to the contrary.

  3. TomTB says:

    Anti-gun legislators have their anti-2nd Amendment bills already written. They are just awaiting the next murder committed by a nut-case (in a “gun-free” zone that they are aware of) to introduce unconstitutional legislation.