The Colorado Springs Gazette yesterday published an interactive map that shows heavy contributions supporting two anti-gun Democrats targeted for recall in Colorado have been coming from the coast: California, the Portland region of Oregon, and heavily in the Puget Sound region of Washington.
THIS just in: There appears to be something odd going on with recall ballots as this story asserts.
As this column noted the other day, State Senators John Morse of Colorado Springs and Angela Giron of Pueblo are facing recall in a special election next Tuesday because they voted for the Centennial State’s new extremist gun laws. Anti-gunners all over the map – most notably New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg – have been pouring money into the effort to keep them in office. One Colorado sheriff thinks it is proper to "fire" lawmakers who vote against their constituents' rights.
According to the Gazette story, the anti-recall groups have raised $3.1 million against the comparatively paltry $266,231 raised by the grassroots voters who want to teach these two a lesson and send a message to other anti-gunners in the Legislature. They will not wait for the next general election, but rather throw them out immediately.
At issue are not just the jobs of a couple of gun prohibitionists, but a battle of philosophies between big money gun control proponents, and gun owners everywhere who – at least in Colorado – have drawn a line. A big election turnout is anticipated. The interactive map linked above shows that this election has national interest and implications.
The recall effort to unseat Morse and Giron has become a major issue because the gun ban lobby desperately wants to save their seats as proof that gun control, no matter how extreme, is acceptable to voters, and thus it justifies their efforts across the country. Gun rights activists and organizations want to demonstrate just the opposite.
This effort relates directly to the current “battle of the initiatives” in Washington between the well-financed backers of Initiative 594, a 15-page gun control measure disguised as a background check proposal, and the grassroots backers of Initiative 591, a measure requiring background checks to be done in accordance with a uniform national standard. I-591 also prohibits government gun confiscation without due process of law, a provision aimed at preventing the kind of thing that happened after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Colorado firearms owners are furious. Jobs have already reportedly been lost, and Magpul Industries, which manufactures ammunition magazines for modern sport-utility rifles, began moving out almost immediately after Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper signed the new anti-gun legislation.
If voters throw out Morse and Giron next week, it amounts to a warning to other politicians across the map what could happen if they dismiss the civil rights of their gun owning constituents. If they retain their seats, it will encourage people like Bloomberg, who believe they can buy public policy.
Here in Washington, the big money backing I-594 has come primarily from Seattle-centric anti-gunners, while support for I-591 has come from the Washington Arms Collectors, Gun Owners Action League of Washington and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
I-591 has support from the Hunters Heritage Council and the Washington State Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors’ Association. As noted via a link on The Gun Wire, the I-591 effort included a presentation at the August Freedom Shoot.
Next Tuesday’s election will send one of two signals to anti-gunners. They will either learn that they pushed too far, or they will realize that they can get away with it.