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September 10, 2013 - 8:54 pm

Two Democrat state senators were on the ballot tonight facing recall in Colorado, both for casting votes in favor of more gun control laws.

Both appear to be headed for unemployment. When the Democrats went after Coloradans’ guns, they chose poorly.

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Soon to be former Sen. John Morse has already conceded.

As a rule I’m not a fan of using the recall in this way. I didn’t support it when the Democrats and Big Labor used it against Scott Walker in Wisconsin, and I’m not supporting it now. Recalls should be reserved for dealing with serious official misconduct. Elections are for turning people out based on policy.

However, this result should serve as a warning to all the gun-grabbers out there, even if Giron manages to survive. I’m working on a story for tomorrow in which this result will be very relevant. Any party outside the deepest blue states that hitches itself to an anti-gun candidate is bound to create some big problems for itself. A state Democratic party in a red state may be about to do just that.

Update: Book it, done, Giron has been recalled too.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Violating the constitution is "serious official misconduct".

"A well regulated militia being necessary to a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
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I disagree.

Recall elections focus on specific policy disputes, such as gun control, or abortion, but general elections involve many different issues so that it's not clear exactly why an incumbent might be turned out.

This recall sends a very clear message; don't screw with the Second Amendment!
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BTW, this election was won despite (1) concerted fraud by the Democrats who used a new law allowing folks with "intent to reside" to vote and bussing in clearly inelligible local college students; (2) the State Republican Party being at best neutral and in the beginning actively hostile to the grassroots citizens who started these efforts; and (3) huge out of state money coming from Bloomberg and the like. An astounding victory and hopefully one that will embolden others and start a counter-movement to the past five years.
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Hahahaha! Bloomberg lost. I love it. Think I'll go get a Big Gulp and a double cheeseburger to celebrate.
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I'm not sure how passing an unconstitutional and unenforceable law at the behest of an out-of-state billionaire isn't official misconduct. Much of the trouble we're having these days is that too few recognize it as such.
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Violating the constitution is "serious official misconduct".

"A well regulated militia being necessary to a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
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" Violating the constitution is "serious official misconduct". "

This times 1000. The laws they passed, by the way, are not only unconstitutional but also so poorly written as to be impossible to properly enforce. As a case in point the supposed "15 round" magazine limit actually bans "any magazine or firearm that CAN BE PHYSICALLY MODIFIED IN ANY WAY to hold more than 15 rounds. Not "is modified" but "can be" modified. There is a grandfathering clause; but the only legally acceptable proof is presentation of the original purchase receipt at the moment that the law enforcement officer finds the weapon. For myself, I have a covered firearm passed down from my father. He took it off of a German who had no further conceivable use for it in this world. There were no receipts involved.

It is sufficiently bad, practically and constitutionally, that 55 of the 61 County Sheriffs in the state are in Federal court suing the state government to overturn the laws. And they have gotten restraining orders from the Federal judge barring the enforcement of the laws until the case is settled.

Subotai Bahadur
45 weeks ago
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"A well regulated militia being necessary to a free state......"

The Second Amendment text is, " A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

Otherwise, I think you make an excellent point.
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If I'm not mistaken, I believe this means the Democrats have lost control of the Colorado State Senate. I think their margin there was very close; something like 19-17 seats, anyone know for sure?
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The Senate breakdown here before the election was 20 D -v- 15 R. After, it is 18 D -v- 17 R. They still hold both Houses and the governorship. They will either be much lower key in the next session, or go for broke hoping to convert us to a people's republic before any putative election in 2014.

What is amazing about both victories is that the DNC and State Democratic party, plus groups like Bloomberg's flooded the state with money. The National and State Republican Party tried to pretend that the recall was not happening. No help at all. Much of the volunteer effort was provided by the TEA Party, and now that the precedent is set, the Institutional Republicans here are about as nervous as the Democrats.

Another amazing thing about the victories involved defeating the Democrat fraud machine. In Colorado Springs, Colorado College [liberal private school] students [not voting Colorado residents] voted en-masse for Morse. In Hispanic Democrat Pueblo they beat not only the Democrat version of vote counting, but also threats. Gang bangers in full swagger were going door to door in groups, "counseling" people how to vote. If you discount various forms of vote fraud, the real margins of victory were overwhelming. Had to be to win.

Subotai Bahadur
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My mistake.

I knew the Dem margin in the state Senate was close, but got the numbers wrong. Thanks for the correction, Subotai.

At least now, the Dems won't be tempted to try to gut the Second Amendment in the state.
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You cannot imagine what a huge surprise the Giron recall is. She had a huge advantage in turnout by party.

Many thousands of Democrats voted for her recall.

Bloomberg shown to be toxic in blue collar hard care union Democrat stronghold.

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Gun Grabbers lose pants.
45 weeks ago
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I disagree.

Recall elections focus on specific policy disputes, such as gun control, or abortion, but general elections involve many different issues so that it's not clear exactly why an incumbent might be turned out.

This recall sends a very clear message; don't screw with the Second Amendment!
45 weeks ago
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