WASHINGTON, September 16, 2013 – Colorado senators John Morse (D-Colo. Springs) and Angela Giron (D-Pueblo) have successfully been recalled.
In a win that was perhaps unexpected when the recall was first filed, “the little guy” succeeded. Now the groups behind that effort are moving to repeal the gun laws that were passed in the last session.
The Basic Freedom Defense Fund (BFDF) and Pueblo Freedom and Rights (PFR) announced in a press release Friday that every state legislator is being asked where they stand on the issue.
According to the press release, legislators are being asked to answer two questions: first, “Will you vote for a repeal of Colorado’s unconstitutional new gun laws in the 2014 legislative session?”; and, “Would you support a ballot initiative which would repeal the new gun laws?”
TBFDF also has a petition on their website asking Colorado residents to sign it demanding their legislators and candidates pledge to “not infringe,” listen to the people and repeal the “unconstitutional gun laws.” The organization is delivering the signatures to the representatives in office.
“While we consider Tuesday’s election a significant victory, we realize that these egregious gun laws remain and we want to know where each and every Colorado State legislator stands on them,” said Jennifer Kerns, spokeswoman for the recall effort. “It is a new day in Colorado and constituents expect their legislators to represent the will of the people. No one is immune from the reach of the grassroots efforts which powered these two recall elections.”
The BFDF and PFR are sending a letter with the same two questions above to all of the candidates running for state house, state senate and other statewide offices in 2014. They plan to release the answers to the questions on October 1.
Regardless of your view of gun laws or the recall of the two senators, the events in Colorado tell us a very inspiring message: the people still control their government. In a time when Americans are frustrated with ObamaCare and the seeming inability to defund it, a supreme court that is often viewed as activist and acting extra-constitutionally, and a nation filled with citizens considering “liberty amendments” so that states may regain control, it brings hope to see the results in the Colorado recall.
Even more encouraging are the ongoing efforts by grassroots organizations that want to return control of the government to the people. While similar options are not available for President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder or other national figures who anger many, what has transpired in Colorado reminds us that government closest to the people is best to have the most power because then the people can resolve the issues at that level.
Despite $350,000 flooding into Colorado from New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s organization for gun control, the grassroots groups were able to win on the issues. Obama’s Organizing for Action operatives were sent to Pueblo to help Giron run her office get out the vote, but she later complained that voter suppression kept her supporters at home.
While Tuesday’s news was invigorating for those who want to see anti-gun legislators moved aside, the biggest victory is for “the little guy.” Regardless of the odds, regular Americans organized and charged forward to correct a wrong carried out by those whom they elected to govern.
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