As both National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea and Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman noted yesterday, dedicated grassroots activism and hard work on the part of gun rights advocates handily trumped a multi-million dollar funding advantage on the part of forcible citizen disarmament fanatics like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Two of Bloomberg's minions in the Colorado State Senate, including the Senate President, were kicked out of office Tuesday, in Colorado's first ever recall election, in direct response to the role they played in imposing draconian new gun laws on the people of the state.
This, we were told, was not supposed to happen. Ever since the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision relaxed certain aspects of campaign finance law, self-proclaimed "progressives" have hysterically shrieked that the voting process would be hopelessly corrupted by money, with elections going to the highest bidder. Well, the highest bidder in this case was definitely the side that favored keeping the anti-gun extremist senators in office--with that side enjoying, depending on whose numbers one uses, a six-to-one, seven-to-one, or even eight-to-one advantage in money brought in. All for naught.
Back in June, this column noted with amusement that soon-to-be-ex-Senate President John Morse condemned money pumped into the recall effort by "outside interests," while simultaneously soliciting money from Bloomberg and other gun prohibitionists on both coasts.
Tuesday's election results are of course a problem not only for critics of the Citizens United decision, but also for "gun control" advocates (the overlap between those two groups is predictably very large--with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence serving as a perfect example). In a very creditable Baghdad Bob impersonation, they are now suddenly denying any lasting, widespread implications of Tuesday's electoral smackdown for "gun control."
My, has that song changed in a hurry. Not long ago, the "progressive" Super PAC ActBlue breathlessly warned hoped-for donors that, "We can’t let these radicals succeed and attempt to change the narrative on gun safety. Headlines would read 'NRA takes down Democrats for leadership on anti-gun legislation,' and we'd risk stalling our momentum across the country." The webpage displays a self-congratulatory "we did it!" banner to signify that they had exceeded their fundraising goal of $365,000, but as of yet makes no mention of their utter failure to save either "gun controlling" senator.
Senator Angela Giron, before she went down in flames, went so far as to tell the far-left New Republic that if either she or Morse were to be defeated, Mayors Against Illegal Guns would cease to be relevant--and the author agreed with that assessment:
“For Mayors Against Illegal Guns, if they lose even one of these seats, they might as well fold it up. And they understand that,” she said.
Indeed they do.
Giron's defeat was especially stunning, because in her heavily Democrat district, her ouster required the help of a great many Democrat voters--and got it, to the tune of about 20%. This cannot have escaped the notice of other Democrats who might be tempted to impose new restrictions on that which shall not be infringed--some are bound to take that lesson to heart. Even the reliably anti-gun Washington Post is admitting that this election was a major setback for "gun control." The similarly rabidly anti-gun New York Times likewise acknowledged the game-changing nature of Tuesday's vote:
The vote, which came five months after the United States Senate defeated several gun restrictions, handed another loss to gun-control supporters and gave moderate lawmakers across the country a warning about the political risks of voting for tougher gun laws.
National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea correctly notes that gun rights advocates now know the power they can wield in the form of old-fashioned grassroots activism. A perhaps just as important lesson has been sent to, and hopefully received by, every politician who might be tempted to vote against the people's Constitutionally guaranteed, fundamental human right of the individual to keep and bear arms: we will come for you, and even Bloomberg may not have enough millions to save you.
And remember, if you go far enough, there are fates far worse than ignominious electoral defeat.
- "Colorado’s new gun law drives four recall efforts." Still soliciting standard cap magazines for the Colorado smuggling operation in July.
- Colorado: John Morse Recall Looms
- Outside Interests
- Democracy is Raaacciiiiist!!!!
- More Anti-Gun Grassroots
- Embattled gun-hating Colorado senator begs for out-of-state money, condemns it
- The Colorado Recalls Explained
- Money can't buy happiness for citizen disarmament in the Rockies. Victory in Colorado.
- Colorado recall shows power of grassroots in gun debate
- Colorado voters to Bloomberg: Liberty not for sale
- Further Thoughts on the Recall
- Hickenlooper internalizes the lessons of the recalls -- Talk softly and lose the gun control stick.
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