Colorado Antigun Reps Get What They Asked For
Back at the start of the year, a number of prominent Centennial State politicians lobbied long and hard for increased gun control. Well, the Democratic governor and his cronies are having second thoughts now that two of the big wheels behind the state's new anti-gun measures have been recalled.
A small but vocal minority of left-wingers started to use the Newtown tragedy just weeks after it occurred to push was labeled as HB 1224 after passing through the State Senate. This bill proposed to do several things including strengthen background checks on firearms purchasers and limiting magazine sizes to 15-rounds or less. Among the big pushers of this new ban was State Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo). Introduced just six weeks after Newtown, it was signed into law by on March 20, 2013 by Governor John Hickenlooper. Afterall, no crisis shall go pass without a new law being swiftly enacted.
This controversial event caused magazine maker Magpul to jet out of the state, a group of sheriffs band together to fight the new law, and even a possible secession movement to form a new state. Then there was...
Local constituents of Morse and Giron soon started a grassroots campaign to recall the two loudest voices who led the gun grabbers in the new law. This led to the first recall in the state's 140+-year history. Proud anti-gunners such as New York City Mayor Bloomberg threw in $350,000 to help Morse and Giron keep their seats and other leftist supporters from outside the state brought this to over $3-million according to the Huffington Post. Meanwhile, the upstarts against the two democrats scraped together just a sixth of that amount, mainly from the NRA.
In the end, in a historic defeat, both Morse and Giron were recalled. He took it well and conceded defeat stating he had no regrets. Giron on the other hand went down swinging, crying voter suppression.
Heartburn in the capitol
Soon after the election, results were in and two of his closest allies in the State Senate found out they had to pack up their offices, Governor John Hickenlooper (D) suddenly seemed to no longer be a fan of gun control.
(When you are watching this in the Governor's mansion, things kinda start to sink in)
In an article in Frontpage magazine, "Hickenlooper admitted that the special election results were likely the result of the new laws limiting high-capacity magazines and requiring universal background checks for firearms purchases, but suggested that it was an overreaction.
"It's worth saying Colorado has maintained people's right to own a gun - we've maintained the full respect for the Second Amendment," he insisted during a press conference.
It appears that you sometimes reap what you sow.