As I wrote both here on my blog and here in Canadian Rights and Freedoms Bulletin #134, anti-gun lawmakers in Colorado will pay a high price for their stupidity. First, the financial cost to the state itself as firearms businesses and even businesses in related industries pull out of Colorado.
Then comes the real price, at least as far as myopic and moronic politicians are concerned.
They might just lose their cushy jobs sucking on the Taxpayer Teet.
Senate President John Morse and three other Democratic lawmakers suddenly find themselves fighting for their very jobs against recall initiatives started by pro-gun groups in the state.
Here’s the latest on this story from FoxNews.com
A handful of Democratic state lawmakers in Colorado face recall petition efforts in what looks to be the first wave of fallout over legislative votes to limit gun rights. In an era in which recall efforts are booming, from governor’s offices down to town councils and school boards, the Colorado efforts will serve as the first test of gun-rights groups’ ability to punish elected officials who expanded gun control laws after last year’s Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., shooting massacres.
In Colorado, gun-rights activists wasted no time seeking recalls to oust state Senate President John Morse and three other Democratic lawmakers.
“Colorado seems to be the testing ground for some of the gun measures, so this has national implications,” said Victor Head, a plumber from Pueblo who is organizing a recall attempt against a Democratic senator.
In Colorado Springs, Morse opponents are piling up signatures in gun shops and outside libraries and grocery stores. Morse has mounted a campaign to urge voters not to sign petitions. In an indication of the national stakes, that push is largely funded by a $20,000 contribution from a national progressive group called America Votes. The Morse campaign said the donation came through the group’s local Colorado office.
The recall group’s main funding comes from a $14,000 contribution from a nonprofit run by a local conservative consultant, Laura Carno. She said that contribution was made possible by some out-of-state donors.
“People in other states that are further down this road, like New York and Massachusetts, are calling up and saying `What can we do to help?”’ Carno said. “This isn’t what Colorado stands for.”
In an interview, Morse seemed resigned to facing a recall vote after signatures are verified. He believes national gun-rights supporters are using his district to make a national statement about the political peril officials face if they take on gun control.
“That’s what’s going on here. They want to take out the Senate president,” Morse said.
The organizer of the Morse recall effort, Anthony Garcia, didn’t disagree. Garcia doesn’t live in Morse’s district but in the northern Colorado town of Brighton. Garcia said Morse was targeted not just because of his votes for gun control but because he’s a prominent Democrat from a competitive district.
“It’s as much about saying Colorado is angry as it is about getting one guy out,” Garcia said. “Legislators need to know when citizens are outraged that they can’t ignore the people.”
Immediate accountability seems to be a common thread in recall attempts. Technology makes it easier to organize and modern-day voters watching political activity in real time on Twitter and TV aren’t content to wait until another election to show their displeasure when they feel ignored.
At least 169 officials at all levels of government faced recalls last year, up from 151 the year before and that number could go even higher this year. Technology isn’t the only explanation.
The other reason is that they succeed.