Colorado: Model for the Rest of the Nation?
By Derrick Wilburn
September 5, 2013
At this very moment here in my home state of Colorado we are in the throes of a bitterly fought recall election campaign against two of our elected state representatives, senators John Morse (D-Colorado Springs) and Angela Giron (D-Pueblo). Those who have sought the state’s constitutional remedy for out-of-touch and/or control legislators cite as their motivation these two senators’ votes in the 2013 legislative session. The people spearheading the surprisingly bipartisan recall effort claim these senators stopped paying attention to the people they represent and voted in spite of rather than in accordance with the will of their constituents.
At the heart of the Colorado 2013 legislative session — which adjourned on May 8 — was a gaggle of gun control laws which were wildly unpopular with much of the general populace of the state and especially disdained by those in the rural areas outside of Denver, our state capital. But conservatives and other pro-Second Amendment types could do little more than stand by and fume as Democrats argued on the capital floor that, in the event of a rape or assault, the best defense for women is to blow a rape whistle, get to a “safety zone”, or urinate on themselves. These arguments constituted a proverbial last straw for many voters in their home districts, those voters turned activists, and thus recall efforts began.
The motivation-to-action response of constituents to the gun-grabbing, 2nd-Amendment neutralizing laws passed by this legislature stands in stark contrast to the response from our White House. On a trip to Colorado amidst the tumultuous 2013 legislative session our president had the following comment to offer, “Colorado is a model for [gun control] legislation in our nation’s capital and all of our states.”