Earlier this year Colorado politicians voted in favor of sweeping new anti-gun legislation in spite of overwhelming public support to the contrary. I was one of the many Second Amendment supporters at the capitol building when the new anti-gun bills were in the Judicial Committee and the legislators were listening to public testimony both for and against the new gun control legislation.
Several Colorado sheriffs spoke out in opposition to the new legislation as well a representative from the National Sheriffs Association. The public opposition to the proposed gun control bills was so overwhelming that at one point Congressman Daniel Kagan asked everyone in the room to stand up if they were against the new bills because there simply was not enough time for everyone against the legislation to testify before the committee. When he did so, 90 percent of the room stood up to show their opposition to the proposed gun control bills.
In spite of the obvious overwhelming public opposition, many legislators voted in favor of the anti-2nd Amendment legislation with blatant contempt for what their constituents clearly wanted. This prompted Colorado’s first ever recall election of Colorado’s State Senator John Morse (Democrat, representing Colorado Springs and Senate leader) and State Senator Angela Giron (Democrat representing Pueblo). The recall election was officially on September 10 but early voting began several days early and was very robust on both sides of the 2nd Amendment.
According to El Paso County Sherriff Terry Maketa Senator Morse told his caucus not to answer phone calls or emails from his constituents expressing their pro-2nd Amendment objections to the recent anti-gun legislation. With this level of disregard for his constituents, it is no wonder there was a grassroots recall movement in his district. Most of the money raised by pro-2nd Amendment donors went to the Colorado Springs recall effort against Colorado State Senate President John Morse. Many felt this was because if they could only financially put their weight behind one of the two recall races, that the recall of Sen. Morse in Colorado Springs was the most important, some because of his being the Senate President and others because they felt it was more plausible to win. There were several grassroots organizations behind the recalls, most notably of which is Tim Knight, Founder of the “Basic Freedom Defense Fund” and who the Denver Post called the “father” of the recalls.
Similar refusal to listen to their pro-gun constituents in a Pueblo town hall meeting by Senator Angela Giron led Victor Head and five other average guys (one is a plumber, another is an electrician, etc.) to get together and start “Pueblo Freedom and Rights.org” to recall Senator Giron. On September 4, Colonel Robert K. Brown (Founder of Soldier Of Fortune magazine) and I met with Victor Head, of “PuebloFreedomandRights.org” along with former 82nd Airborne paratrooper Jim Brown and others who are behind the grassroots recall effort in Pueblo. They have mobilized a very impressive army of local volunteers who are donating their time to the recall effort. We both were very impressed by the level of commitment of these “average Joe” kind of guys and the stellar effort they are putting forward in the recall effort. At the same time we were very impressed with them, the prevailing opinion going into the recall election was that Pueblo’s attempt to recall Senator Giron was not as “winnable” as the recall in Colorado Springs of Senator Morse, and we were frustrated that this was resulting in fewer donations to the recall effort of Senator Giron.
According to the Denver Post, “Proponents of the recall have raised about $540,000, while opponents have collected nearly $3 million. Much of the cash has come from out of state.” The far left wing liberal New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated $350,000 in an attempt to force his anti-2nd Amendment agenda on Colorado’s voters. The NRA countered with a donation of $360,000 to the recall effort to counter Bloomberg’s attempt to buy elections in Colorado.
At the closing of the recall elections on September 10, 17,845 people voted in the Senator Morse recall in Colorado Springs and Senator Morse lost with 50.96 percent of voters voting to recall Senator Morse. Although I don’t share Senator Morse’s anti-2nd Amendment, sentiments I was shocked I agreed with one thing he said in his concession speech “The highest rank in a democracy is citizen, not Senate President…”
In Pueblo, long thought to be a Democrat haven, 34,556 people voted to retain Senator Giron with 44% voting and 56% voting to recall her. Senator Giron losing the recall election by an amazing 12% shocked everyone closely watching this race! Senator Giron said in her concession speech “I’m a little perplexed, but this is what I know: I know that I have not one iota of regret from what I voted on.” If she is “perplexed,” many Colorado gun owners I talked to suggest she reread the 2nd Amendment and the definition of the word “Infringed”!
Sen. Lois Tochtrop, an Adams County Democrat and longtime Second Amendment activist that opposed five of the seven anti-gun bills said, “I feel like all these gun bills have done — to quote the last words in the movie ‘Tora! Tora! Tora!’ — is to awaken a sleeping giant…”
This first ever recall election over gun rights in Colorado sends a clear nationwide message to the anti-2nd Amendment liberals like NYC Mayor Bloomberg that you can’t always buy elections by spending vastly more money than the other side – and never under estimate the resolve of the American gun owners…