Colorado Recall Successful

September 11th, 2013

Colorado Senator Angela Giron and Senate President John Morse have been successfully recalled in Colorado. Republican Bernie Herpin will be taking Morse's place. I'm happy to say I called this one wrong.

This recall election was about one thing: gun control. The Colorado legislature capitalized on the emotional impact of the Sandy Hook shooting to push several onerous bills before cooler heads could prevail. HB 1224, restricting ownership of magazines holding more than 15 rounds, led to Magpul pulling their operations out of state and taking $92 million out of the economy.

A bill mandating that nearly all private transfers be processed through licensed gun dealers has also proved problematic. Dealers are not allowed to charge more than $10 to do the paperwork and process the background check. As such, most are refusing to perform the service. The end result? Private transfers are all but impossible.

We're witnessing a vital piece of history here. This is the first time in which  politicians have lost their jobs as a direct result of pushing gun control. Michael Bloomberg spent $350,000 to defend Morse and Giron, but was defeated by a simple grassroots effort.

One can only hope that this is the beginning of a trend, and that the shockwaves are being felt in New York, California, Maryland, and Connecticut.

  1. WilliamX wrote, running Safari 534.59.8 on Mac OS X 10.6.8

    I'm a centrist with slight libertarian tendencies, and Bloomberg flat out pisses me off. It's bad enough that he runs amok in his own backyard, but when he tries to project power beyond that, he needs to be firmly slapped down.

    Of course that is what happened here, and hopefully there will be more to come. I do find it gratifying that he squandered that amount of money yet still lost the battle. Chicago, NYC, and DC need to keep their respective loonies on a leash.

    I suppose I'd have to buy California compliant magazines for my XDM if I ever moved to Colorado, because of course the bad guys will limit themselves. *guffaw*

    Comment on September 11, 2013 @ 9:02 am

  2. Erik wrote, running Google Chrome 28.0.1500.71 on Ubuntu Linux

    This morning, Debbie Wasserman Schultz was griping about so-called voter suppression, while others claimed the "gun lobby" bought the election.

    …which is strange, because the NRA spent around $300,000, while supporters of Giron and Morse spent ten times that:

    Reported contributions to Morse and Giron totaled about $3 million, dwarfing the amount raised by gun activists who petitioned for the recall, though some independent groups didn’t have to report spending. Both the NRA and Bloomberg contributed more than $300,000 to the pro- and anti-recall campaigns.

    The actual results are available here.

    Of course, the sad trombones are already cued up and blaring.

    Comment on September 11, 2013 @ 1:41 pm

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