Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Colorado Recall Election a Success

Two Colorado Democratic state senators, Angela Giron and Senate President John Morse, were voted out of office in a special election Tuesday, in Colorado's first-ever recall vote. Both were replaced by Republicans.
The election was billed as a showdown over gun rights: Giron and Morse were important backers of four gun control laws passed earlier this year,... 
Both sides of the bitter gun debate wanted to send a message with this election: Gun control opponents forced the recall vote to warn lawmakers in Colorado and across the country that voting for stricter gun laws has consequences; gun control advocates wanted to show that, after bloody mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., they now have the resources and muscle to defend lawmakers against the mighty NRA. 
In that light, this was a big win for the NRA and a big loss for gun control advocates. Morse, who represented a conservative-leaning district including Colorado Springs, narrowly lost, 51 percent to 49 percent (voter turnout: 21 percent). Giron, whose working-class district around Pueblo tilts Democratic, lost by a larger margin, 56 percent to 44 percent (voter turnout: 36 percent).
The article notes that the anti-gun (aka, pro-crime) side had the financial advantage. Perhaps as much as 6:1 in favor of the Democrats, according to this Hot Air article. In addition, the anti-gun backers had pulled out all stops, with nationwide anti-gun organizations sponsoring phone banks to get out the vote. Yet, despite all their advantages, the anti-gun forces lost.

The Truth About Guns is carrying the statement released by the National Shooting Sports Foundation concerning the election.

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