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Plumber Wrench into the Gears of Gun Control
Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2013 | Paul Jacob

Posted on 09/15/2013 10:15:47 AM PDT by Kaslin

The First and Second Amendment are very good friends. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that they’re close, one always protecting the other, as we witnessed again last week in Colorado.

The national media dutifully reported that two gun-and-ammo grabbing Rocky Mountain State legislators were recalled from public office by the voters in their districts — the two being now former Senate President John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and former Sen. Angela Giron (D-Pueblo). But don’t expect thoughtful analysis or introspection from the stridently anti-gun Fourth Estate.

Nightly, the TV talking-heads tell us to be afraid of the powerful National Rifle Association, which supposedly has such deep pockets that its propaganda can overwhelm simple-minded fly-over voters, destroying their ability to reason — that is, come to the same conclusions that the chattering class habitually does. But recall forces, with all their help from the NRA, were outspent better than five-to-one by billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, public employee unions and other gun control advocates defending Senators Morse and Giron.

Better to let the grassroots Davids explain their victory over the political Goliaths from Gotham and beyond.

“We beat the machine,” said an ecstatic Ron Harris of the pro-Morse recall group, Basic Freedom Defense Fund (BFDF), after the results came in. “‘We the People’ stood up against Morse, Bloomberg, Biden, Obama,” he added. “And we won.”

“Literally millions of dollars were spent to defeat or sabotage us,” explained Tim Knight of the Colorado Springs-based BFDF. Not only did the recall volunteers have to gather tens of thousands of voter signatures against harassment by recall opponents, they withstood well-financed legal challenges to their recall petition and then a massive disadvantage in funding for paid advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts.

Still, a smiling Jim Brown with Pueblo Freedom & Rights, the group working to recall Sen. Giron, told reporters on election night, “All the money in the world can’t buy an election.”

From a partisan standpoint, Sen. Morse was in a very competitive district, which he had last won quite narrowly, but Giron’s Pueblo-area turf is solidly Democrat. A review of turnout last week showed many more Democrats voted than did Republicans. Nonetheless, Giron lost by a solid 12 percentage points, 56-44.

“We beat a Democrat senator in a Democrat town by a wide margin,” Brown pointed out. “We sent a message here to every legislator: They better hear what we have to say, because they can be held accountable.”

Characteristically, national Democrats are refusing to listen to their VM (vote mail). DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz explained away the result as “voter suppression, pure and simple.” The recalled Giron picked up that mantra on CNN, babbling that, “The people who are in support of very common sense gun legislation weren’t able to get to the polls.”

The Washington Post editorialized against the very idea of voter recall: “States should examine their laws with an eye toward heightening the barriers to recalling politicians.”

So, the choice appears to be between ignoring the messenger or shooting the horse he rode in on.

Listening to the common sense citizens who brought us the only recall elections for state legislators in all of the Centennial State’s history, one discovers that the recalls were about more than just guns. The issue was ultimately about governance.

“The fuse that lit the powder keg,” according to BFDF’s Knight, was Sen. Morse “telling his party caucus he was proud of his fellow politicians for ignoring their constituents.”

“Enough,” declared El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa. “You’re elected to represent us, not to dictate to us.”

“We just stood up as regular citizens and said we’re not going to accept this,” Jim Brown offered. “We’re not going to accept our rights being stripped away.”

The fears of big media and big government that an uppity citizenry is on the rise are hopefully well founded. The success of the Colorado recalls not only bodes well for voters protecting their Second Amendment rights, it also illustrates what a powerful weapon we have in our First Amendment right to petition government — for recalling politicians or for reforming government through a ballot initiative.

“We’re plumbers, HVAC technicians, electricians, we’re all just regular working guys,” explained Victor Head of Pueblo Freedom & Rights, “We may have just thrown a huge bike wrench into the whole political system — definitely of this state, maybe even the nation.” Head added, “We’re thinking of kinda taking the plumber’s wrench as our new logo. Don’t mess with regular people or we will throw a big wrench into your well-thought-out plans.”

Martin Dietrich, a voter in the recall, summed up pretty well how this new world might work: “Represent the people or you’re out of here — you’re fired.”


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; secondamendment

1 posted on 09/15/2013 10:15:47 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
The Fourth Estate is in reality a Fifth Estate of Fifth columnists.
2 posted on 09/15/2013 10:20:13 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: Kaslin
The big test in Colorado will be in 2014 when we see if we can take back both the legislature and governorship. If we can do that, we should be able to roll back the gun control bills that were passed earlier this year.
3 posted on 09/15/2013 10:21:38 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Kaslin

As Senator Feinswein is working on legislation to determine who is entitled to free speech.


4 posted on 09/15/2013 10:22:05 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: Kaslin

Has Hitler weighed in on this from his bunker yet?


5 posted on 09/15/2013 10:23:04 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. (Yogi Berra))
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To: Kaslin

It won’t stop the lunatics here in (M)assachusetts (the M is optional).


6 posted on 09/15/2013 10:24:13 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: Kaslin

As Senator Feinswein is working on legislation to determine who is entitled to free speech.


7 posted on 09/15/2013 10:24:32 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: TheRhinelander
It won’t stop the lunatics here in (M)assachusetts (the M is optional).

I feel for you. At least here in Colorado we've shown that there's a chance of regaining our freedoms...in Massachusetts, not so much.

8 posted on 09/15/2013 10:26:46 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Kaslin

I have a stupid question: Why is it that Democrats are always producing “common sense” legislation, ideas, projects, proposals, and so on...when it is absolutely clear that they don’t possess any common sense themselves?


9 posted on 09/15/2013 10:27:49 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Kip Russell

I have no doubt that we can retake the Senate. The House will be a tougher fight but still possible. The challenge will be the Gov’s seat. I suspect that like this recall election, there will be a whole lot of outside money coming in from unions, MAIG, and other leftists to defend Hickenlooper. He has become their poster boy in the west.


10 posted on 09/15/2013 10:37:04 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: taxcontrol
While Hickenlooper's polling numbers are currently underwater, I suspect it will be very hard to defeat him next year...and it will take a total sweep of both houses and the governorship to reverse gun control in Colorado.

Here's hoping...

11 posted on 09/15/2013 10:40:10 AM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: freedumb2003
Has Hitler weighed in on this from his bunker yet?

Yep, but I all hear is that he thinks "The Russians aren't so bad..."

12 posted on 09/15/2013 10:52:13 AM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: Kaslin

Y’know, this issue would have never come up if just 10% of the population of Colorado Open Carried on a regular basis. Once you de-mystify the tools of Liberty you take the wind out of the grabbers arguments. Oh and you essentially get rid of violent crime in the process. Nice fringe benefit.


13 posted on 09/15/2013 11:09:07 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat (Power disintegrates when people withdraw their obedience and support)
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To: Kip Russell

It took generations for the Dems to final take over this state in the 1950’s. It’ll take generations to take it back.


14 posted on 09/15/2013 11:26:55 AM PDT by TheRhinelander
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To: vette6387

A friend of mine had a pot bellied pig named Dianne Fineswine.


16 posted on 09/15/2013 11:47:56 AM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (If global warming exists I hope it is strong enough to reverse the Big Government snowball)
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To: taxcontrol

I’ve been thinking that Tom Tancredo is now our best gubernatorial bet. Curiously, the morning he announced his candidacy on the radio, the program host (Peter Boyles) was silenced within moments and fired soon thereafter. Tancredo has been persona non grata in the RNC for many years, but he remains wildly popular with the grassroots. The GOP establishment in Colorado is a dysfunctional and self-defeating organization, as we know, but the Liberty Movement has been gaining popularity. Tancredo has great appeal to the grassroots Liberty Movement voters, and also to those Republicans who spend more time at work than at the country clubs.

If the GOP convinces some big-name statist like Elway or Beauprez to seek the Governor’s office, IMHO Colorado will only get more chicken poop.


17 posted on 09/15/2013 11:58:04 AM PDT by Unknowing (Now is the time for all smart little girls to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: Kip Russell
The big test in Colorado will be in 2014 when we see if we can take back both the legislature and governorship. If we can do that, we should be able to roll back the gun control bills that were passed earlier this year.

I'm with you, Kip Russell, but am afraid that's a mighty large if, indeed: we're going to have to count on state Republicans, large numbers of whom are RINOs, none too bright, or both.

18 posted on 09/15/2013 12:06:58 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: Standing Wolf
I'm with you, Kip Russell, but am afraid that's a mighty large if, indeed: we're going to have to count on state Republicans, large numbers of whom are RINOs, none too bright, or both.

The Colorado Republican Party does have a habit of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

19 posted on 09/15/2013 12:10:45 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: freedumb2003

If not, he should have. Our ridicule machine should be in a state of constant, quivering anticipation.


20 posted on 09/15/2013 12:16:45 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: SandRat
The Fourth Estate is in reality a Fifth Estate of Fifth columnists.
The First Estate was the clergy, the second estate was the nobility, and the third estate was the people. In a polity which includes no established church and no nobility, what does “Fourth Estate” even mean? In reality wire service journalism functions as a first estate - as self-interested "received doctrine" masquerading as rationality. It is not rationality, it is emotion, flattery, and sophistry dominating rationality.

21 posted on 09/15/2013 2:38:34 PM PDT by conservatism_IS_compassion (“Liberalism” is a conspiracy against the public by wire-service journalism.)
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To: Kip Russell
The big test in Colorado will be in 2014 when we see if we can take back both the legislature and governorship. If we can do that, we should be able to roll back the gun control bills that were passed earlier this year.

The FIRST step should be Voter ID, and a deep cutback in "vote by mail", there the proposed mail-in voter must show ID either at the local post office or have somebody come over to their home to verify ID (if too disabled to get to the post office). There must be a person-by-person audit of the voter rolls to eliminate fraud.

22 posted on 09/15/2013 2:43:43 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: taxcontrol; Kip Russell

Good news. The CO recall groups are joining forces to repeal the gun control laws.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/09/15/Pro-Recall-Forces-To-Take-Next-Step-In-CO-Repeal-Gun-Control-Laws


23 posted on 09/15/2013 4:41:56 PM PDT by Atlantan
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To: Atlantan
Good news. The CO recall groups are joining forces to repeal the gun control laws.

No chance of that happening before the 2015 legislative session, given Democratic control of both houses and the governorship...but perhaps this effort will help Republicans take control.

24 posted on 09/15/2013 5:35:54 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Unknowing
Curiously, the morning he announced his candidacy on the radio, the program host (Peter Boyles) was silenced within moments and fired soon thereafter.

That was the same day Boyles was involved in a physical altercation with his producer. I think it's fair to say he wasn't fired because he had Tancredo on!

25 posted on 09/15/2013 5:39:10 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Kip Russell

That’s true, but we can assume that Boyles would have had Tancredo on the air many times in the months since then, giving Tancredo a great deal of free exposure. And whatever happened that morning, the producer did not complain (it started as a report by 9News personnel who were in the studio). Firing Boyles had the effect of denying Tancredo a lot of publicity.


26 posted on 09/15/2013 6:50:08 PM PDT by Unknowing (Now is the time for all smart little girls to come to the aid of their country.)
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To: Unknowing
That’s true, but we can assume that Boyles would have had Tancredo on the air many times in the months since then, giving Tancredo a great deal of free exposure.

Boyles was fired from KHOW in mid-May, and was back on the air on KNUS in early July...and the election is stil over a year away, so I don't think it had that much of an impact.

27 posted on 09/15/2013 7:04:25 PM PDT by Kip Russell (Be wary of strong drink. It can make you shoot at tax collectors -- and miss. ---Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Kaslin

A preview of 2014.


28 posted on 09/15/2013 10:03:49 PM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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