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Colorado Senate President Faces Recall In Voter Backlash Over Gun Grab

June 3, 2013 by  

Colorado Senate President Faces Recall In Voter Backlash Over Gun Grab
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Two Colorado legislators who supported the State’s trio of new gun control laws in March are now fighting to keep their seats, as residents warm to the growing nationwide push to recall lawmakers whose in-office actions don’t reflect what voters thought they were getting at election time.

State Senate President John Morse, a Democrat, is the highest-profile target of voter backlash against the gun-control legislation, which passed March 20. Recall supporters have been compiling petitions in Colorado Springs, collecting signatures at gun stores and in high-traffic public places like libraries and grocery stores.

Morse told FOX News he’s already resigned himself to the fact that the petitions are there in adequate number to force a recall vote, but he protests that he’s been targeted not only by irate Colorado residents, but also by the national gun lobby — especially the National Rifle Association.

“That’s what’s going on here. They want to take out the Senate president,” he said. In a separate CNN interview, he elaborated: “It was a grassroots effort for a little while, but when that didn’t take at all, it was clear they were getting money from outside. And I wasn’t the least bit surprised the NRA was behind it.”

Recall organizers originally targeted four State legislators, including Morse, but two of those efforts have already stalled. That, in part, is why the NRA has thrown its support behind a single campaign to hold a recall vote for a high-profile Senator like Morse.

Recall leaders don’t dispute it, saying the effort is intended, in part, to remove out-of-touch Legislators from office — but also to send a message that voters have recourse when their voices aren’t heeded.

“It’s as much about saying Colorado is angry as it is about getting one guy out,” explained Anthony Garcia, who’s organizing the Morse recall effort. “Legislators need to know when citizens are outraged that they can’t ignore the people.”

For his part, Morse is campaigning as though it’s election season, urging voters not to sign the petitions. He’s getting outside support, too, in the form of a $20,000 contribution from America Votes, a nationwide progressive group.

In the meantime, guns and ammo keep flying off Colorado gun stores’ shelves. During the fiscal quarter when the Legislature took up and passed gun control, there were more than 146,000 background checks for gun sales in the State. A year earlier, there had been only 69,000.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • pockets

    In response to mr. Morse coment about the NRA, I certainly hope they were involved in his recal. Thats what I, as a member, pay my dues for.

    Perhaps recalls like this one will force colorado poloticians to wake up and actually listen to their constituants instead of bending to the will of the Obama administration.

  • ky ohm

    It is about time the tax paying citizens of Colorado get representatives that work for their constituents best interests and will, not the parties’ or presidents’ national agenda. Go Colorado and Springs voters. I salute and support you. Loud, clear, and resolute, don’t Tread on our Rights!!

  • Blaine Petree

    Who cares if the recall vote is getting help from the NRA! Politicians are elected by citzens and if they thumb their noses at the very people that put them in office, then action needs to be taken! Thank God we have the NRA and the gun lobbies to help! Otherwise, we would have lost our right to bear arms a long time ago! I urge everyone to join the NRA and help with whatever you can monetarily, because our struggle to maintain those rights have only just begun!

  • Robert Gilmore, Sr.

    It’s about time citizens unite to take this Ccountry back. Let’s through them all out, that think we are stupid citizens. It’s time.
    Next national elections, be sure to remember
    and Vote Republican and get this proud nation back on it’s feet where it belongs. It won’t be easy to correct, but it must be done
    May God truly Bless this great nation that
    Was founded on Him and His values .

  • Clayton R. Upchurch

    When will politicans learn they were elected to represent their constituets views, not their own?

    • Don miller

      Just as soon as we the people teach them Clayton that’s what every state out there that are not happy with their elected officials should do my bad NEED to do before you can’t do it cause I fear that if we the people don’t take action they will have all their ducks in a row and just drop the hammer on us their nibbleing right now so what we need to do is get moving I’m not a violent person but sometimes you just have to fight there’s no way around it what did you do when the bully pushed you ? You dropped him and guess what he never pushed again same principal were just a little older it’ll come back to you once you get started and probably feel good to unite and fight come together as one and get back what should have never been taken we gave the power to them they didn’t earn it or take it we entrusted it to them and they pissed all over it and we’ve been warned what would happen from George Washington to present lets not make our children and grandchildren have to repeat this in their lifetime we messed it up so we should make it right before we hand it over to the next generation

  • Don miller

    Right on people of Colorado now if only the rest of the states could find that kind of courage we could have this country back on track before election time and by then anyone interested in running for office would know without a doubt don’t do what you say your gonna do and yes we the people YOUR BOSS will terminate you for conduct unbecoming just reading that has given me goose bumps just imagine if the entire country did that we could have our country back before 2014 election and then put our people in office that would honor their oath of office thanks Colorado you have set the bar now come on America I know the rest of us can do that and probably more there is power in numbers if every freedom and liberty loving American unite and fight we can take it back screw the ones that don’t want to join after we finish with all the traitor politicians and government we’ll round up the civilians that didn’t help and let them pick which third world country they would like to be sent to cause this country will belong to the people once again never to be treaded on again by commie politicians then we the people will set the standards not some bureaucrat who think they know what you and I want and need

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