Political
KUTV.com | Stories - Pro-Gun Control Politicians Ousted in Colorado
Monday, September 16 2013, 11:37 AM MDT
Pro-Gun Control Politicians Ousted in Colorado
(CNN) -- Voters booted out two Democratic state lawmakers in Colorado on Tuesday in a heated recall effort that generated national headlines as a referendum on the renewed gun control debate.

Both lawmakers voted in favor of the state's unpopular new gun laws earlier this year, sparking a wave of protest that got their names on the ballot for the state's first-ever recall at the state level.

State Senate President John Morse, who was a little more than a year shy of finishing his final term in office, conceded after he narrowly failed to win enough votes to keep his seat representing Colorado Springs. He was term-limited and would not have been able to run for re-election next year.

According to results from the secretary of state, 51% of voters in his district said "yes" to the recall, while 49% said "no." He'll be replaced by Republican Bernie Herpin.

Morse's colleague, state Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, was also on the ballot and conceded late Tuesday night. She lost in a 56%-44% yes-no vote, and will be replaced by Republican George Rivera.

Giron's loss came as a bigger surprise, as her district is more Democratic than Morse's.

The new laws in Colorado, which took effect in July, limit firearm ammunition magazines to 15 rounds and require universal background checks on all firearm sales.

National groups on both sides of the gun rights debate jumped into the race, pouring money into a state level contest that normally would generate few headlines beyond Colorado's borders. But gun rights activists and gun control supporters nationwide saw the election as a chance to score an electoral victory for their respective movements.

Following the deadly movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado last July and the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut in December, the Democratic-controlled legislature and Democratic governor quickly ushered the laws into place by mid-March.

A former police chief, Morse spent the past six weeks going door to door, asking voters to help him keep his job.

"You have to take it personally to some extent," Morse told CNN in an interview before the election. "But I also understand this is way bigger than me. I need to do it for those way bigger reasons."

While campaigning, Morse argued he doesn't have any regrets in his fight for tighter gun laws. Asked why he advocated for new regulations in the face of fierce opposition, he pointed to the real catalyst of the renewed firearm debate.

"The vision of 6- and 7-year-olds in Newtown being carted out on stretchers, with their Power Rangers T-shirts now covered by a white sheet," he said. "We can't continue to bury our children."

Giron also said she was "proud" that she voted for the gun laws.

"This is not the wrong business to be fearful about doing the right thing," Giron told CNN before the election.

But in a state with rich gun culture and tradition, a majority of voters, however, disagree with the laws. According to a Quinnipiac University poll last month, voters in the state opposed the gun laws by a margin of 54%-40%. Democrats were supportive of the measures, 78%-16%, while Republicans more strongly opposed them, 89% to 7%.

More importantly for electoral purposes, a majority of independent voters opposed the laws, 56%-39%.

Tim Knight, founder of the Basic Freedom Defense Fund, the group that initiated the recall against Morse, labeled the election as a "victory" for the state and those "who have been subject to the overreach of a Democrat agenda on guns, taxes, and accountability to the people."

"Since day one, they said it couldn't be done," Knight continued. "Tonight, this is a victory for the people of Colorado, and we share this victory with them."

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund, which helped mount the recall effort, also celebrated the results as a major milestone.

"(NRA-PVF) is proud to have stood with the men and women in Colorado who sent a clear message that their Second Amendment rights are not for sale," read a statement from the group.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, argued the gun laws are still in place in Colorado, despite the lawmakers' ouster. The pro-gun control group vowed to continue supporting like-minded candidates, hoping to tamp down fears that the recall sent a message to lawmakers across the country.

"For the last 20 years, the NRA has had the field to themselves in contests like these, but no more. We're committed to backing elected officials across the country who are willing to face these attacks because they agree with Americans about the need for better background checks," Bloomberg said in the statement.

Gov. John Hickenlooper said he was "certainly disappointed" by the outcome but acknowledged voters in the two Senate districts "have spoken."

By Ashley Killough

The-CNN-Wire
& 2013 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.Pro-Gun Control Politicians Ousted in Colorado

News Photos & Videos - Submit Your Photos Here


More Political Stories

Feds Charge Woman in Hillary Clinton Shoe-Throw
Landrieu Touts Fight for Oil and Gas Jobs in New Ad
These Races Will Determine Control of the Senate
Michelle Obama -- and First Dogs -- Visit Military Families on Walter Reed Campus
Will Chelsea Clinton go Into The Family Business?
US Senator McCain Mocks EU's Russia Sanctions
Rand Paul: Hillary Clinton 'as Bad or Worse' Than President Obama on Government Surveillance
2016 Watch: O'Malley Heads to Nevada
First on CNN: Christie's Interview with Investigators
Obama Marks Holy Week, Reflects on Kansas Shooting
Hillary Clinton to Address International Jewish Group
2 Congressmen Have Questions in Jill Kelley Leak
Paul Ryan to Iowa GOP: Give up 'Infighting' for Lent
Sebelius' Resignation and the Politics of Obamacare
Occupy activist's police-assault trial opens in NY
GOP Blocks 'Paycheck Fairness' Bill in Senate
Democrats Top GOP Last Month in Senate Cash Battle
Political Drama "Camp David" Chronicles Messy Path to Peace
Hagel: Russia Causing Itself Long-Term Harm With Ukraine Steps
Bill Clinton on Snowden: An 'Imperfect Messenger'
First on CNN: Graham Opponent Has Impressive Fundraising Haul
Army's Ban on Deadlocks; Other Styles Seen as Offensive to Some African-Americans
Sharpton Denies Any Wrongdoing in FBI Informant Role
Alan Gross, Held in Cuba for Four Years, Launches Hunger Strike
Husband on Kissing Congressman: 'He Has Wrecked my Life'
Farewell, Archie: Beloved Comic Book Character to Die
U.S. Navy Ship to Arrive in Black Sea by Thursday
Huckabee Back in Iowa
Many Doubt 1964 Civil Rights Act Could Pass Today
Pelosi: Cheney is 'Proud' of Bush-era CIA That Misled Public
Democrats Highlight Equal Pay in Political Push
Justices Reject Review of Case Concerning Religious Liberty in The Marketplace
Brown to Formally Jump Into Senate Race
Obamas to Attend Fort Hood Memorial
Ted Kennedy Jr. to Run For Connecticut Senate
Poll: Rate of Uninsured Americans Drops
Inside Politics: Democrats' Good Week
Oops Moment For Senator: He Shows Up at Wrong Hearing
Clinton and Lagarde High Five Female Political Power
Democratic Governors Raise $12.5M in Last 3 Months
Republican Candidate in Georgia Uses Obama in Ad
Seven Key Dates in The Seven Months Leading Up to The Midterms
Chris Christie: The $33 Million Man
Fallon, Dressed as Putin, Calls Palin
Bill Clinton "Wouldn't be Surprised" by an Alien Visit
Senate Panel Set to Vote to Declassify Aspects of CIA Report
Why is This Man Running For Governor of California?
House Panel Plans Vote Over IRS Contempt Issue
White House 'Disappointed' In Donor Limit Ruling
Jindal: GOP Needs 'Obamacare' Alternative
Las Vegas Among Leaders in Push for GOP Convention
GOP's Small-State Edge Boosts its Senate Hopes
Conservatives Buy Ads Critical of Housing Changes
GOP Governors Back Adelson on Online Gambling
Paterno's Son Drops Pennsylvania Election Bid
Obama, Pope Francis Meet For First Time
Obama Warns Against Over-Promising on Ukraine Response
Obamacare Tops 6 Million Signups
Internal Probe: Christie Doesn't Recall Being Informed of Traffic Jams
Reid Says His Granddaughter is Being Harassed
Advertise with us!

Washington Times

Washington TimesThe Washington Times - Politics, Breaking News, US and World News.

Click Here for more!


 


Advertise with us!