The two Colorado Democrats who were key instigators of that state’s new gun control laws were both decisively voted out of office yesterday in recall elections.

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Pushback: The two Colorado Democrats who were key instigators of that state’s new gun control laws were both decisively voted out of office yesterday in recall elections.

The election, which came five months after the United States Senate defeated several gun restrictions, handed another loss to gun-control supporters. It also gave moderate lawmakers across the country a warning about the political risks of voting for tougher gun laws.

The recall elections ousted two Democratic state senators, John Morse and Angela Giron, and replaced them with Republicans. Both defeats were painful for Democrats – Mr. Morse’s because he had been Senate president, and Ms. Giron’s because she represented a heavily Democratic, working-class slice of southern Colorado.

The article says almost nothing about Angela Giron’s defeat, which I find intriguing. She was not expected to lose, considering her district was so Democratic, but her margin of defeat was actually larger than Morse’s. See also this article for a very good election analysis which suggests that any effort by Democrats to impose oppressive gun control laws is going to backfire for them very badly.


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  • Garry

    The reader comments after the first article are enlightening. You have the liberal reaction of “Oh my God, I don’t believe how stupid pro-gun people are, don’t they see how stupid they are?” But what’s more interesting to me is the people who write that the recalls were not just about guns, but about arrogance and dishonesty.

    Apparently Morse would not allow lawmen who were against the gun control bills to speak in the Senate session, and did his best to ramrod the bills through (no pun intended). Meanwhile, Giron painted herself as on the fence, giving false hope to hundreds of 2nd amendment supporters who came to her town hall meetings on the gun control bills, but in the end it was obvious that she had always planned to vote for them.

    Of course, both articles take the more simplistic view, because simple narratives make for better caricatures that can be used to sway the masses.

  • R. Cotour

    Now, let retirement, recall elections and the people of America voting to remove empowered politicians because of their poor judgment and manipulations against the Constitution. Beginning with John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Marko Rubio and any other “practical” politician of either party who dares to discount, sell out and diminish the peoples freedoms!

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