Colorado Judge Approves Colorado’s First Recall Elections

From the Denver Post:

“A Denver judge Thursday ruled petitions submitted to oust a pair of Democratic senators from office are valid, a pivotal ruling that sets in motion Colorado’s first-ever recall election of state lawmakers.

“The petitions here substantially comply with law,” Denver District Court Judge Robert Hyatt said in his oral decision from the bench. “Recalls are a fundamental right of Colorado citizens.”

Shortly after Hyatt handed down the decision Thursday, Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed an executive order to set the recall election date of Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo for Sept. 10.”

The reason these state senators are being challenged is because they voted for Colorado’s conversational new gun laws, which mandated universal background checks for all gun purchases and placed capacity limits on magazine size. Though these measures have wide public support, even in Colorado, gun advocacy groups like as the NRA are vehemently opposed to new legislation that regulates firearms.

While the majority of Coloradans support background checks and magazine limits, the sheer political force of the NRA could result in one or both of these state senators being removed from office. It is important to remember that a passionate minority can have more of a influence on public policy than a passive majority.

I admit that I’m a member of the passive majority when it comes to firearms. To me, background checks and magazine limits are no skin off my back. I am not sure if I will ever own a gun, but even if I do end up buying one I don’t think I would have a problem with these laws.

That being said, I really don’t care how my elected officials vote on this issue. As long as they aren’t banning guns entirely, they can choose to support these measures or they can choose not to. It’s not a deal breaker.

That is not the case for other voters. There is a good 10% of the population for whom this issue is big effing deal. If the NRA puts up an add against Congressman So-and-so saying he supported restrictions on guns, they simply won’t vote for him. They care enough about the issue that by itself it can turn a yes into a no. That’s why politicians pay attention to gun advocates, even if it goes against the opinion of the general public.


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