Gun owners angry over the betrayal of Colorado State Senator John Morse turned in twice the number of signatures needed to force a recall election after he led the fight to pass Colorado's draconian new gun control legislation that took effect this spring. Now the battle's on, and Morse will be forced to defend his seat. A loss for Morse will send a message to other gun-banners in the legislature who come from districts with large numbers of shooters. However this fight will be long and expensive, and both sides are clamoring from money from all across the country.
I have to point out that this never needed to happen in the first place.
Morse only won by some 400 votes in 2010, with 1300 other votes going to a not-going-to-win Libertarian; in effect, those votes were never even cast in the actual race.
2010 election results:
John Morse (D) 13,866
Owen Hill (R) 13,526
Douglas W. Randall (L) 1,320
Had 1320 people used their heads and cast votes that made sense, Morse would never have been there to screw gun owners in 2012.
Likewise, Another State Senator, Evie Hudak, only won her race in November because the Libertarians gave 6.7% of the vote to some guy who wasn't even competitive, allowing Hudak to top the Republican in the race by one percentage point.
"November 6, 2012 General election candidates:
Democratic Party Evie Hudak: 35,664
Republican Party Lang Sias: 35,080
Libertarian Party Lloyd A. Sweeny: 5,104
Sadly, a similar effort to recall Hudak appears to have failed, so she's there to stay, courtesy of her anti-gun Democrat base and the Libertarian Party.
Votes have consequences, people. Voting is important. And when you cast a ballot in a close two-person race and throw it away on some third person who has absolutely no chance just because you want to make some sort of "statement", you basically refuse to vote. It's as if you just decided not to stand up and stop the bad guy.
So Colorado got saddled with bad laws because too many people decided not to bother opposing the anti-gunners, and now the rest of the state has to pay for that apathy/arrogance/stupidity. I wish the Colorado gun owners well with their recall against Morse, but I have to point out for the record that it didn't have to come to this in the first place. Even half of those 1,320 silly Libertarians could have prevented this two years beforehand, but they chose not to.