Three days after a grassroots wave of gun owner anger ousted two Colorado state senators over their key involvement in passing the state’s restrictive new gun laws, some pundits today are looking at the state of denial into which one of those senators, the governor and Democratic National Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz have descended.
Michelle Malkin, a Colorado resident, chimes in here. Jeff Knox says Second Amendment activists should use the occasion to kick anti-gun New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg – who spent $350,000 of his own money to derail the recall effort – while he is down.
Pacific Northwest gun rights activists at WaGuns, Northwest Firearms and Seattle Guns – aware that Bloomberg may next direct his deep pockets at supporting Initiative 594, the 15-page gun control measure backed by the questionably-named Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility – are begging the Big Apple billionaire to visit the Evergreen State for a warm welcome.
Wasserman Schultz launched, and deposed State Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo quickly climbed aboard, a voter suppression meme because she lost by 12 points. Nobody on the losing side is willing to acknowledge that the recall was about the gun control votes cast by Giron and now-former Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs. It would go against the grain of the liberal, anti-gun narrative to admit that Morse and Giron went way over the line of tolerance where the gun rights of their constituents are concerned. The fact that hearings were abbreviated and citizens who traveled for hours to testify earlier this year on the gun legislation, and never got the chance, fueled the fire.
Wasserman Schultz’ remarks are now on YouTube, made available by The Gun Wire this morning. KVI's John Carlson discussed the gun rights victory during his Friday morning broadcast.
An equally-false storyline that quickly lost traction was that the National Rifle Association bought the election. The NRA expenditures came nowhere near the amount of money put up by the gun prohibition lobby and its followers all over the map, including those in the Puget Sound and Portland regions, as this column discussed. Recall proponents were out-spent nearly seven-to-one by those struggling to keep Giron and Morse in office, thus creating the impression of public affirmation for their anti-gun votes.
Like it or not, Tuesday’s recall vote was about gun rights and grassroots fury, two subjects that Wasserman Schultz and her ilk are pretending do not exist. Her claim, quoted by Politico – “The recall elections in Colorado were defined by the vast array of obstacles that special interests threw in the way of voters for the purpose of reversing the will of the legislature and the people. This was voter suppression, pure and simple.” – is demonstrably false.
She was further quoted by Politico insisting, “Tuesday’s low turnout was a result of efforts by the NRA, the Koch brothers and other right wing groups who know that when more people vote, Democrats win.”
Wasserman Schultz clearly has forgotten November 1994 when more than 50 anti-gun Democrats were thrown out of Congress for voting for the Clinton semi-auto ban and the Brady gun control law. There was a huge voter turnout that year, swelled by gun owners and hunters who descended on the polls, proving that when gun owners vote payback, Democrats lose.
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, reportedly softening his stance on gun control, still maintains that an overwhelming majority of Centennial State voters support the restrictive new gun laws.
The scramble by liberal anti-gun Democrats to spin this story away from its crumbling gun control cornerstone is not passing the smell test. So, the mainstream press – including the Seattle Times and on-line Seattle P-I.com – is carrying reports from Colorado that deal with devastating floods rather than the devastating vote in Pueblo and Colorado Springs that put two anti-gunners out of office for being anti-gunners, and for no other reason.
Tuesday’s recall has energized Northwest gun owners, who support Initiative 591, the simple, two-line measure requiring background check compliance with a uniform national standard, while preventing government gun confiscation without due process. Until Tuesday, some believed they were at a distinct disadvantage against the far-better-financed I-594, backed by the big money of Seattle-based WAGR, with the likelihood that Bloomberg’s wallet was waiting in the wings.
Now, however, the grassroots are stirring with a renewed vigor to fight back against a small, but vocal and wealthy group of Seattle elitists, and put them in their place.