WASHINGTON, October 6, 2013 – A stack of a dozen of the strictest gun control bills in American history now sit on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk in California, awaiting their fate.
Among those bills are some of the most draconian gun control bills in the nation – bills that would prohibit the sale of basic hunting rifles, ban the use of lead ammunition, and classify some basic semi-automatic weapons as assault weapons which Californians would be forced to report in a special registry by 2015. Hmm, so much for “shall not infringe…”
Fair warning to Jerry Brown: if he throws his weight behind this extreme gun control, there is no doubt in my mind he suffer the same fate as two other popular Democrat governors in similar blue states.
In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s approval ratings fell 15 points after he signed gun bills into law this year – laws which were, in fact, less strict than the ones just passed in California. Cuomo’s approval ratings drop was so fast and furious, the New York Post called it “faster than a speeding bullet.”
In Colorado, another Democrat Governor John Hickenlooper has seen his approval ratings plummet 16 points since the day he signed that state’s gun laws. Not only have they impacted the Governor’s popularity, but Colorado’s gun bills were the catalyst behind the State’s recent historic Recall elections which cost the Democrats two State Senate seats – including the all-powerful President of the State Senate. Just this week, we witnessed two new Republicans taking the oath of office in a special off-session swearing-in ceremony. There is no greater real-world consequence than watching Democrats fall from a position of a power to a position of holding only a narrow 1-seat majority.
The similarities among the three states of New York, California, and Colorado are striking. All three states re-elected President Barack Obama convincingly: 63% in New York, 51% in Colorado, and 60% in California. Party registration favors Democrats (59% in New York, roughly tied in the once-red-state of Colorado, and 44% in California, although that state has a 20% decline-to-state registration base which more often than not votes Democrat). In all three states, these Democrat Governors were initially seen as affable leaders who have enjoyed smooth sailing – until now. The Governors clearly were not aware that the 2nd Amendment issue bridges all demographics and blurs all party lines; it is an issue as American as apple pie.
Just this morning at a Press Conference at the California Republican Party state convention, the proponents of the successful Colorado Recalls lent their support to concerned citizens in California, and put Governor Jerry Brown on notice that if he signs extreme gun control into law, his party will face the same consequences.
As law-abiding California gun owners await their fate, one thing is certain: if Jerry Brown signs the gun bills into law, he will soon face his. Judging from what’s happened to other blue-state Governors, it’s not going to be pretty.
Jennifer Kerns was Spokeswoman for the historic Colorado Recall elections.
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