A primary reason that Republicans fail–besides often being the demonstrably stupid party–and that freedom is always in jeopardy, is that Democrats, like the Chinese,–and unlike Republicans–take the long view. Republicans worry about the next election, and if a given initiative fails will abandon it, perhaps forever. Liberals, on the other hand, never cease their efforts to establish a socialist utopia on Earth, secure and smug in the certainty that the only reason every previous utopia has failed–if they are willing to acknowledge that fact at all–is because previous liberals were not as smart and special as they are. They may temporarily put a priority, such as destroying the Second Amendment, on the back burner when the public temporarily wises up and rises against them, but never, ever lose sight of their unshakeable goals. When Republicans let down their guard for a second, liberals are ready to seize advantage, whether that opportunity takes next year, the next election cycle or the next decade.
After the Newtown murders, Colorado Democrats, holding both houses of the Colorado legislature and having a “flexible” Governor in the Obama mold, passed a variety of gun control measures, including bans on magazine capacity. These measures did not go down well with Colorado voters or Colorado-based manufacturers like Magpul–manufacturer of plastic firearm magazines and other accessories–who promptly announced plans to leave the state, taking their jobs and substantial tax revenues with them.
A number of lawsuits followed, and most interesting, a recall effort against State Senate President John Morse and Senator Angela Giron was launched and succeeded. For the first time in the history of the state, Colorado politicians were recalled by the voters. Fox News has the story:
Two Democratic lawmakers in Colorado, including the president of the state Senate, were recalled Tuesday in elections brought about by their support for tougher gun control laws.
According to unofficial results, voters in Colorado Springs favored recalling state Sen. John Morse, the body’s president, by 51 percent to 49 percent. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, state Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo was defeated in her recall election, 56 percent to 44 percent.
Colorado Republicans, and conservatives across the nation believe this to be a significant victory, a sort of “shot across the bow” of democrats hoping to push anti-gun legislation in the wake of the Navy Yard shooting. Colorado’s Governor sounded like, well, like a vacuous politician:
Colorado’s Democratic governor, John Hickenlooper, said he was ‘disappointed by the outcome of the recall elections’ before calling on state residents to ‘refocus again on what unites Coloradans — creating jobs, educating our children, creating a healthier state — and on finding ways to keep Colorado moving forward.
Of course. Passing unconstitutional, unenforceable laws will accomplish all of that, particularly the “moving forward” part. Lest anyone think this was a strictly Democrat v. Republican party line voting issue, consider:
In Colorado Springs [Morse’s district], the majority of registered voters are Democrats, but many are conservative-leaning. 23 percent of them, in fact, signed the petition to recall Morse, according to The Denver Post.
And lest anyone think this was a battle of big money interests, like the NRA, consider this:
Reported contributions to Morse and Giron totaled about $3 million, dwarfing the reported amount raised by gun activists who petitioned for the recall, though some independent groups didn’t have to report spending. Both the NRA and Bloomberg contributed more than $300,000 to the pro- and anti-recall campaigns.
Morse and other Democrat politicians angered Coloradans by preventing them from expressing their views to the legislature, a matter Coloradans take very seriously. In addition, Morse and Giron were particularly arrogant during the legislative process and during the recall process, essentially sealing their respective fates. Imagine that: arrogant, dismissive politicians being run out of office by the little people. Why, you’d almost think this was a democracy or something!
Morse, and particularly Giron, took their ouster with all of the grace and dignity informed Americans have come to associate with Democrats. In the unfathomable recesses of the progressive mind, it is simply not possible that any Republican can defeat a Democrat. Similarly, no Democrat initiative can possibly be voted down. So when such travesties inevitably occur, it must be due to nefarious skullduggery. The Denver Post wrote:
Democratic Sen. Angela Giron couldn’t walk off the political stage gracefully after her defeat this week in a recall election in Pueblo. On CNN Thursday, she claimed she lost because … well, let’s have her take up the story in her own words.
‘We know what really happened here … ,’ Giron said. ‘What this story really is about, it’s about voter suppression.
‘When Colorado has voted by mail — 70 percent of Coloradans vote by mail — and we didn’t have access to that mail ballot.’
At this point an impatient Brooke Baldwin cut Giron off, insisting they proceed to the “meat of the story.” But Giron plunged on. ‘The people that are in support of very common-sense gun legislation weren’t able to get to the polls,’ Giron alleged.
Of course. It must have been global warming that kept people away from the polls! Those darned Republicans want everyone to die from pollution and dirty water too! But even the Denver Post, which is not a right-leaning paper, was unimpressed:
People who supported her ‘weren’t able’ to get to the polls? Nonsense. They were no less able to get to the polls than folks on the other side. If a disproportionate number of her supporters failed to vote, it’s because they chose not to.
Yes, a court ruling last month that the state’s new election law conflicted with a constitutional provision prevented the use of mail ballots. And political observers agreed the ruling might benefit the GOP. But the litigation itself was spearheaded by an Aspen voting activist and the Libertarian Party, and had nothing to do with an attempt at ‘voter suppression.’
We opposed the recall, but we also oppose lurid attempts to portray Colorado’s recall elections as somehow illegitimate.
Morse and Giron weren’t the only politicians crying “voter suppression.” Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz chimed in too. Via Hot Air:
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.
Colorado voters are used to casting their ballots by mail, but because of lawsuits filed by opponents of common sense gun reform, voters were not mailed their ballots in this election. Those who intended to vote in person did not learn their polling locations until less than two weeks before Election Day. 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.
Unfortunately for Morse, Giron, Schultz and Democrats everywhere, there is no evidence the Koch Brothers had anything to do with the election, and when more people vote, Democrats win primarily because significant portions of those voting are voting early and often, illegal immigrants, felons, and dead. And for good measure, consider that Democrat forces enjoyed a seven to one spending advantage over the grass roots Republicans that eventually won.
It was only a few days later that Giron demonstrated the wisdom of Colorado voters in turning her out:
[The NRA] is no longer a gun owner’s organization. It’s a manufacturer’s organization. And that’s how they’re benefiting. If you look at their board members, they’re all manufacturers; they’re all making money. And I think that the more we can inform people and inform NRA members about what’s really going on here. It’s just follow the money. And people are dying because of greed and their continuing to convince people that more guns equals safety. And in this case in particular, we can look at, it was a Navy Yard. You couldn’t have any more armed people than in that case right there. We know that that’s not the case; the data doesn’t show that. And so we just have to continue to be out there.
The NRA does not represent manufacturers. That is done primarily by The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms industry. While the NRA and NSSF no doubt share common goals and work together, the NRA’s mission is, and always has been different. And Giron could not be more wrong about the state of armament of military installations, as I noted in a recent article.
As usual, the media did everything it could to assist Giron and Morse, and a bit more. Via Hot Air:
Tom Jensen of the Democrat-campaign affiliated polling firm, Public Policy Polling: ‘We did a poll last weekend in Colorado Senate District 3 and found that voters intended to recall Angela Giron by a 12 point margin, 54/42. In a district that Barack Obama won by almost 20 points I figured there was no way that could be right and made a rare decision not to release the poll. It turns out we should have had more faith in our numbers becaue [sic] she was indeed recalled by 12 points.
It was “…a rare decision not to release the poll”? Really? So overwhelming poll results must be wrong because Republicans can’t beat Democrats? Or perhaps the poll was withheld because the effect of releasing it prior to the election would have been Democrat embarrassment and an even more lopsided victory for Republicans? Surely a Progressive polling operation would never do anything…underhanded?
Charles Cooke At Nation Review explains just how badly the Democrat’s efforts failed in the face of a laughably underfunded effort by political novices:
Nevertheless, by the end of the process, so anxious were the opponents of the recall that they felt compelled to rely heavily on Michael Bloomberg, who sent $350,000 to Colorado to fight the threat; members of Obama’s ground team were brought in to boost turnout, and even former president Bill Clinton was wheeled in at the last minute to try to tip the scales.
None of it worked. This was the recall that never supposed to happen — let alone be successful. The nine men who set the ball rolling weren’t supposed to be capable of organizing a town hall, let alone taking down the state-senate president. And yet they did it. Victor Head, a plumber who had never been politically active, took down a senator in a district that went Democratic in 2012 by ten points; a group of six concerned men from the AR15.com chat room removed the state’s top-ranking legislator. ‘We are a quiet people,’ recall founder Tim Knight told his victorious friends when the results became known at the Stargazers Theater. ‘You may be tempted to ignore us. Clearly, that would be a mistake.’
Critics of what is colloquially described as the ‘gun lobby’ have imagined a bogeyman that doesn’t exist, imputed false motives to earnest forces, and worried about the influence of outside money that was more than outmatched by opponents. Many were the headlines that set up yesterday’s vote as a ‘test of the strength of the NRA.’ But the truth remains that the power that the defenders of the Second Amendment enjoy lies in the appeal of the Second Amendment itself — and, too, in that peculiar American genius for liberty and democracy. ‘Join or Die’ says the famous flag. Here, enough people did to make a difference. The cheers that erupted around the theatre when Morse and Giron conceded were, as much as anything, cheers of relief…
“Amateur hour?” Perhaps. But, as is proper in a republic, the amateurs were victorious.
On a more rational, positive note, significant forces are aligning against the legislation that cost Morse and Giron their political jobs:
On Friday, May 17, fifty-four Colorado Sheriffs filed a civil rights lawsuit in Federal District Court in Denver, against two anti-gun bills passed by the Colorado legislature in March. Joining the Sheriffs as Plaintiffs are the Colorado Farm Bureau, disabled persons, Outdoor Buddies (an organization that helps disabled persons participate in outdoor sports), the Colorado Outfitters Association (the trade association for hunting guides), the National Shooting Sports Foundation (the trade association for the firearms industry), magazine manufacturer Magpul, federally-licensed firearms dealers, the state’s largest shooting range, the Colorado State Shooting Association (governing body for the shooting sports in Colorado), and Women for Concealed Carry. The Complaint is available here.
Shortly after the suit was filed, another sheriff joined it, making 55 out of 62 elected Colorado sheriffs supporting the lawsuit. And on September 4, another significant pro-gun organization filed suit:
Rocky Mountain Gun Owners filed the lawsuit in district court Sept. 4 in hopes of overturning what it says is unconstitutional legislation requiring extended background checks and restricting the size of ammunition magazines.
Dudley Brown, the group’s executive director, said Tuesday the Windsor-based organization ‘will fight to keep the constitutional rights of Coloradans intact by challenging these laws on every front.
Regardless of how any leftist politician tries to spin the Colorado results, they are a clear and decisive victory for democracy, true grass roots activism, and the unalienable right to keep and bear arms. There can be no doubt that some Democrat politicians in state houses and the Congress will be less likely to propose or vote for anti-gun legislation for some time, just as they were after the Clinton gun ban and Al Gore presidential run debacles.
The price of liberty is eternal vigilance.
At the recent Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner, President Obama again called for gun control:
Tomorrow night I’ll be meeting in mourning with families in this city who now know the same unspeakable grief of families in Newtown and Aurora and Tucson and Chicago and New Orleans and all across the country, people whose loved ones were torn from them without headlines sometimes or public outcry,’ Obama said.
‘But it’s happening every single day,’ he said. ‘We fought a good fight earlier this year, but we came up short and that means we’ve got to get back up and go back at it because as long as there are those who fight to make it as easy as possible for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun, then we’ve got to work as hard as possible for the sake of our children. We’ve got to be ones who are willing to do more work to make it harder.
Mr. Obama is just one in a long and never-ending line of leftist politicians that will never relent in their efforts to disarm the American people. One expects Mr. Obama to lie with ease and no apparent conscience, but notice his demonization of gun owners as “those who fight to make it as easy as possible for dangerous people to get their hands on a gun.” Notice too his cynical invocation of children.
After the Navy Yard shooting, nothing is more obvious than the necessity of reform of our involuntary commitment laws and related laws so that the dangerously mentally ill can be treated, and if treatment will avail nothing, can be separated from society, so that the children Mr. Obama pretends to champion will not be harmed. The current laws that make it obscenely difficult to treat and restrain the genuinely, dangerously insane are one of progressivism’s proudest accomplishments, as I noted in a 2011 PJ Media article.
Notice too that Mr. Obama has nothing to say about the murderous thugs of Chicago and other cities that kill and injure children every day. No one is more determined to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and mentally ill than gun owners, and no one has done more to prevent accidents, now at an all-time low. Contrast this with Mr. Obama and his supporters whose policies would disarm primarily, perhaps exclusively, the law-abiding and leave them defenseless at the hands of the insane and criminals.
This is a long-term war, a war that will never end. Colorado has provided a brief respite, perhaps in some places and some ways, but the war goes on. When Americans forget who they fight, and what they intend for those who love freedom, they’ll lose freedom forever, for those who seek to control and rule others never rest and never quit. They became arrogant and lazy in Colorado and paid for it. Next time, they’ll be stealthier and will lie more cleverly, but the lies, and their ultimate, despicable intentions, will always be the same.
There are none more despicable, more dishonorable, and more radical than those who seek to destroy the pinnacle of human achievement in the establishment of liberty: The Constitution. This cannot be said often enough or loudly enough.