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2 CO Dem Lawmakers Kicked Out Over Gun Votes

From a heart-broken Associated Press:

2 Colo. lawmakers ousted in gun control recalls

By COLLEEN SLEVIN | September 11, 2013

DENVER (AP) — Two Democratic state lawmakers who backed tighter gun laws in the aftermath of mass shootings have been kicked out of office in a recall election promoted by both grassroots activists and the National Rifle Association.

Notice that they weren’t kicked out by the people of the districts. They were kicked out by activists and the NRA.

Senate President John Morse lost by just 343 votes Tuesday in a swing district in the Republican stronghold of Colorado Springs but Sen. Angela Giron lost by a bigger margin in a largely blue-collar district that favors Democrats.

And which is also heavily Hispanic.

The NRA said the election sent a clear message to lawmakers that they should protect gun rights and be accountable to their constituents, not to "anti-gun billionaires" — a swipe against New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who supported Giron and Morse…

Mr. Bloomberg spent at least $350,000 trying to help these two legislators hold onto their jobs. But he’s not a special interest.

Angered by new limits on ammunition magazines and expanded background checks, gun-rights activists tried to recall a total of four lawmakers but only succeeded in launching efforts against Morse and Giron. It was the first for state legislators since Colorado adopted the procedure in 1912.

The recalls were seen as the latest chapter in the national debate over gun rights — and, for some, a warning to lawmakers in swing states who might contemplate gun restrictions in the future. But the vote also exposed divisions between the growing urban and suburban areas and more rural areas in a state where support for guns hasn’t really been a partisan issue. Dozens of elected county sheriffs have sued to block the gun laws and some activists are promoting a largely symbolic measure to secede from the state…

How typical. But when the AP and the rest of our media guardian thought these two would survive this recall push, they promoted this as a litmus test on gun control.

Now they are trying to say it wasn’t really about guns, after all. The vote just "exposed divisions between the growing urban and suburban areas."

Both legislators voted for 15-round limits on ammunition magazines and for expanded background checks on private gun sales after the 2012 mass shootings in Aurora and Newtown, Conn. The legislation was signed into law by Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper…

Hickenlooper, who is up for re-election in 2014, kept a low profile in the recalls. A recent statewide poll by Quinnipiac University suggested that 52 percent of voters disapproved of his gun policy while only 35 percent approved…

Typically Democrat. He only holds onto his job because he avoids saying what he is actually for.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, September 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “2 CO Dem Lawmakers Kicked Out Over Gun Votes”

  1. Astravogel

    Democracy took them out, but
    remember, it also put them in.

  2. Federal law TRUMPS state law. But what trumps federal law? THE CONSTITUTION! There is a mechanism to take our rights away by means of enough votes to an amendment. Federal law whittling away our Constitutional rights is not that mechanism.

    Any federal law on guns, need not be respected or enforced by anyone. It may come down to a day where citizens NEED GUNS, to fight for their right to own them. When all the guns are taken away, it’s too late.

    Reminds me of the situation in Florida, in which the governor punished any city official, or county official with personal fines, and possible removal from office for enacting any law higher than state law. This is to be applied nation-wide. Any state or federal official who tries to enact stricter gun laws higher than the Constitution, should be fined, fired, and imprisoned. As you can see, politicians run amok when there are no punishments available for neglecting their oath of office.

  3. That’ll learn ya darn ya!


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