LOS ANGELES, September 9, 2013 — Colorado is now ground zero in the effort to replace legislators who are hostile toward gun owners and the Second Amendment. Tuesday, September 10, is the date for two recall elections. Democratic State Senators Angela Giron and John Morse are up for recall. Morse is also the Senate President.
The effort to replace these two legislators is expected to have reverberations across the country as Democrats struggle to determine whether to again try and limit the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
The gun issue is unique to American politics; gun ownership is uniquely American. Even many liberals support gun rights, either out of conviction or political expediency. In 1994, passage of anti-gun legislation cost President Bill Clinton dearly. Democrats lost control of Congress after 40 years, Newt Gingrich became Speaker of the House, and Clinton abandoned liberal activism in favor of triangulation and third-way centrism. For much of the next two decades, Democrats avoided gun control fights.
Democratic presidential candidates talked about other issues. Even former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, who ran a hard left anti-war campaign in 2004, supported gun rights. Current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gets a “B” rating from the National Rifle Association.
President Obama is a doctrinaire leftist, but gun control has never been his passion. He would rather fight about education, healthcare and environmental issues. The Newtown tragedy led to liberals demanding action. They demanded a vote, and they lost. President Obama got the message and has since stayed quiet. While his Fast and Furious scandal was an end run around the Second Amendment, that is not a replacement for current speeches from a man who likes to speak.
Giron and Morse are part of a new group of emboldened liberals who are turning Colorado into the next leftist experiment. From legalizing marijuana to waging war on gun owners, this once red state could turn permanently blue. If Colorado implements restrictive gun policies without electoral consequences, Democrats across America may consider emulating Morse and Giron.
Yet removing these two anti-gun legislators could cause Democrats to avoid bringing up gun control at the national level until 2040.
Democrats are getting desperate. They initially wanted a fight about guns because they were convinced they were on the winning side. Yet over the years Americans have consistently supported basic fundamental gun rights. Democrats have shifted strategy and are now trying to make the recall elections about anything other than gun rights. They are playing the “war on women” card and warning that removing Morse and Giron would affect everything from abortion to gay rights.
Weapons of mass distraction are an indicator that Democrats are nervous. Republicans in Colorado have pointed out that the way to stop being nervous is to stop infringing on the freedom of law abiding citizens by passing laws that criminals by definition disobey.
By Tuesday night, Americans will know whether there is a political price to pay in Colorado for targeting law abiding gun owners.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
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