Politic365

 
 


News

5:28am September 10, 2013

Colorado recall election on Tuesday tests limits of gun control laws

Giron and Morse

On Tuesday, voters in Colorado Springs and Pueblo will go to the polls to decide whether to recall their state senators. Democratic State Senators John Morse (Colorado Springs) and Angela Giron (Pueblo) were instrumental in passing a set of gun control laws that were signed by Democratic Governor Hickenlooper. The laws that were passed earlier this year limited gun magazines to 15 rounds, raised gun fees, and required universal background checks paid by the gun purchaser.

Senator Angela Giron called these gun laws “modest.” A poll conducted in December 2012 showed that a majority of Colorado voters supported stricter gun laws. Colorado is home to the Columbine school massacre and the Aurora theater shooting, yet it is a state that holds its rural mountain heritage in high regard.

Giron is a first term lawmaker who is up for re-election in 2014, and Morse is termed out after next year. An opponent would only be able to serve out a partial term.

Money from pro-gun and gun-control groups have flowed into Colorado from around the country attempting to influence voters in Colorado Springs and in Pueblo.

The cost of the recall is an estimated $500,000, and recent polling shows that a majority of Colorado voters oppose recalling the senators. Yet a majority of Colorado voters express that the gun control laws go too far. One explanation for voters opposing the law is that the poll conducted in December was right after the Sandy Hook elementary shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, and voters could have been more apt to support restrictions in the aftermath of a tragedy. Or voters could be swayed by the pro-gun messaging that has inundated the state in recent weeks. But the main point is, these two districts in Colorado have become ground zero for gun control laws and will be a bellwether for how future changes to gun policy.

 



About the Author

Adriana Maestas
Adriana Maestas is the senior contributing editor of Politic365.com.




 
 

 
Kay Hagan immigrants

Immigrant activists target Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan with billboard campaign

This week a group of immigrant activists in North Carolina unveiled a billboard campaign taking aim at Democratic Senator Kay Hagan for her immigration positions. Hagan was one of the five Democratic senators who opposed the DR...
by Adriana Maestas
0

 
 
o1

Why Do Democrats Think They Can Bash Obama and Get Black Votes?

Here are a few election time questions to think over: Why in the world do Democrats think they can bash President Obama and his policies and still win Black votes?  Why should Black voters be motivated to turnout after months...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
0

 
 
7432022562_3733c11c35_k

Supreme Court is allowing Texas to use strict voter ID law in Nov. election

On Saturday, the Supreme Court gave Texas the approval to move forward with implementing a strict voter identification law in the upcoming midterm election. Adam Liptak for The New York Times wrote: “The law, enacted in 2...
by Adriana Maestas
0

 

Advertisement
 
mayor1nyc

Noerdlinger Obsession Verifies NY Reporters Make Way Under $170,000

“It’s none of your f—ing business.” — New York City Mayor Ed Koch.  If you want to learn every detail of every parking ticket or unpaid debt of the Chief of Staff of the wife of the Mayor of New York and her boy...
by Lauren Victoria Burke
1

 
 
young-black-woman-texting

Rising Wireless Taxes Could Jeopardize Mobile Use

Economist Scott Mackey, in conjunction with the Tax Foundation, an independent tax policy research organization, recently released Wireless Taxation in the United States 2014. On average, each month when people pay their wirele...
by Kristal High
1

 




2 Comments


  1. […] Colorado recall election on Tuesday tests limits of gun control laws […]


  2. […] districts 3 and 11 voted to recall Democratic Senators Giron and Morse on Tuesday. At issue was a set of gun control laws that both senators supported in the last legislative session in […]



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>