The New York Times takes vengeful aim against Colorado Senate recalls

The narrative trumps the truth as the Times gets Colorado’s recalls badly wrong Photo: AP

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., July 29, 2013 — In an editorial on July 25, and again in a news piece on July 28, the newspaper that used to be known as “America’s paper of record” has allowed their gun control agenda to override the facts about the recalls in Colorado of Senators Morse and Giron. Small wonder, since New Yorkers are famous for viewing anything west of New Jersey as fly-over country on the way to Los Angeles.

The editorial’s headline reads, “The Gun Lobby Takes Vengeful Aim” and begins its rant with the line, “The ink was barely dry (on Gov. Hickenlooper’s signature), however, before the National Rifle Association was vindictively pressing for recall votes against two supporters of the stronger law, the State Senate president, John Morse, of Colorado Springs, and State Senator Angela Giron of Pueblo.”

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Nothing could be further from the truth.

First-person interviews with the organizers of both the Morse and Giron recall efforts reveal the truth that the radical and unconstitutional gun control laws passed in March triggered ordinary citizens to take action. Rob Harris, organizer of the Morse recall, says that Morse’s arrogant response to an email he sent was what motivated him to take action. Victor and Adam Head enjoy recreational shooting and saw their constitutional rights being infringed. The seminal events for them were Angel Giron dodging questions at two town halls and then ignoring an overflow crowd at a third.

None of the three had ever been politically active before. None of them had been contacted by the NRA. Victor Head says that when approached, the NRA affiliate in Colorado gave them a list of five lawyers who could help them file their petition.

That’s it. Neither the NRA nor any of the Colorado-based Second Amendment groups have had a hand in the recall efforts.

SEE RELATED: Sen. John Morse recalled: First Colorado legislative recall

There’s more. The New York Times characterizes Morse as “a former state police sergeant.” Not so much. He worked for the Fountain City police, not the state. A small mistake perhaps, until one learns that the Fraternal Order of Police union formally endorsed his opponent, Sen. Owen Hill, in the 2010 election. Morse does not speak for the law enforcement community in Colorado any more than he speaks for his constituents.

The Times claims that the traditionally gun-friendly state was “firmly locked into the reckless agenda of the N.R.A.” until Senators Morse and Giron rode into town on white horses and saved the day, following the terrible tragedies in Aurora, Colorado and Newtown, Connecticut. They didn’t quite mention the white horses but you get the idea.

The fact is that the tragedies in Aurora and much earlier in Columbine, Colorado happened in gun-free zones at a theater and a school respectively. They were carried out by madmen intent on causing mayhem. Disarming law abiding citizens doesn’t solve the problem of madmen intent on causing mayhem.

SEE RELATED: Lightning strikes twice: Giron second Colorado senator facing recall

Nor were these new laws motivated by “the slaying of 20 schoolchildren in Newtown, Conn., in December [which] finally pushed lawmakers in a new common-sense direction.” The laws were written and brought to Colorado by New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns. Legislators were lobbied by Vice President Joe Biden. During debates, Democrat legislators proved that they didn’t understand the basic terms and facts of the bills they were voting for.

All they knew was that Uncle Joe told them to vote for the bills, and they did.

The New York Times can be forgiven for casting the recalls as all about gun control because the local press and political parties make the same mistake. The recalls are much more about Morse and Giron doing the bidding of out-of-state interests rather than the people who elected them The recalls are  not only about gun control either: they are also about a range of issues in the far left radical agenda the legislature under Morse passed.

Colorado to the New York Times: it is not the NRA that is taking vengeful aim at these legislators; it is the citizens of Colorado who they have failed to represent.

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