Recall Election Aftershocks Stop CO Gun Ban

By Dean Weingarten

Recall Hudak
Two legislators were recalled. A third, thought to be in a safe Democratic district, resigned under pressure at the last instant, in order to save the Democrat majority in the State Senate.
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -( After the immense amount of money, old media airtime, and Obama administration political capital was spent on enacting restrictive gun legislation in Colorado last year, the electorate rebelled.

Grassroots campaigns led by people who had never been involved in politics beat the establishment.

Two legislators were recalled. A third, thought to be in a safe Democratic district, resigned under pressure at the last instant, in order to save the Democrat majority in the State Senate. The political establishment was shaken. That political earthquake continues to reverberate.

As part of the establishment push to disarm the population, an organization was formed to put a referendum on the ballot to ban firearms on college grounds, which the Colorado Supreme Court had recent ruled illegal.  Spearheaded by Ken Tolz, a long time proponent of citizen disarmament, Safe Campus Colorado had six months to gather 86,000 signatures for its initiative. I have not found where the funding for the signature drive came from.

The gun control group says it has gathered sufficient signatures to place the gun ban on the ballot. They also say that they will not do so. From Colorado Pubic Radio, Tolz is quoted:

“By having this on the ballot, it brings back to prominence some of the feelings that existed last year and we don’t want to get caught up in that environment,” he says.

David Kopel, who is representing 55 sheriffs in a lawsuit against the new gun laws, puts it more bluntly:

“It’s eminently sensible and prudent for the Democratic establishment in Colorado in 2014 to say we don’t want a gun ballot issue out there,” Kopel says. “Whatever happens with that ballot issue, it’s going bring more pro-gun voters to the polls and then once they are at the polls to vote on the gun issue, they will probably vote also in the candidate races for the more pro-gun candidates.”

How much money was spent on the initiative, that will now be flushed down the memory hole? The recent Marijuana initiative, which was likely considerably more popular, cost $211,000.  If the same dynamics applied, this initiative would run over $200,000. A nice chunk of change for an disarmed population group, but not a huge amount for Michael Bloomberg.

That is assuming that the group's leaders are telling the truth. A truly Machiavellian political activist would claim that they had sufficient signatures, but were sacrificing their effort for the greater good of the party, even if they fell short.  What better way to gain credit with the Democrat political establishment, at little or no cost to yourself? As the signatures will not be turned in, there is no way to be sure.

Still, the failure of this initiative to be on the ballot is another one of the aftershocks to follow the recall earthquakes from the grass roots. I expect more to come in November. I do not think that the people's memories are as short as Governor Hickenlooper seems to believe.

c2014 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

  • 7 thoughts on “Recall Election Aftershocks Stop CO Gun Ban

    1. Can you imagine if these gungrabbing sissys would had been around in say,..1878 !?! Do you think there would had been enough rope ?

    2. I still maintain that instead of recalling the 2nd stringers they should have recalled the gov first. he signed it into law when he should have vetoed it

    3. jews have become like blacks.IF you criticize a jew you’re anti-semite,if you criticize a black you’re a racist !

    4. I am in no way an anti-Semite. The question I have about Jewish politicians, knowing the atrocities Nazi Germany committed, is why are they anti-gun, and why do they drive Germany luxury cars?

    5. Nothing like people waking up to the facts that government does not want you to say NO. Then showing the government, its still “We the People” and that the innocent should not be punished for the crimes committed by less then 1% of the population.

    6. The liberal politicians in CO for whatever reasons take everything that bloomberg scum says as absolute gospel.I dont know why that loud mouth Hudak,a jewish woman from NY,wasn’t on the original recall.The bitch was on speedial with Bloomberg as was/is the Gov ! Bloomberg is a lying little pissant that as has too much money and time on his hands.Politicians in other states need to take that parasite as the poison he is.

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