State senators John Morse and Angela Giron are becoming the first Colorado legislators ever to be recalled from office Tuesday, caught in the vortex of a national gun rights debate.
Morse has conceded defeat. And with about 24,000 votes counted in Pueblo, Sen. Angela Giron is trailing by 60 to 40 percent and also is in danger of being recalled from office. A total of 14,306 voters backed the recall and 9,581 opposed it.
Morse, the state’s Senate President, says his recall is “symbolic.”
NRA joins ACLU lawsuit, claims NSA starting ‘gun registry’
With only a couple of weeks remaining before Colorado’s recall elections targeting Senate president John Morse and Sen. Angela Giron, the big guns of the anti-gun movement have checked in with their checkbooks.
According to contribution reports filed with the Secretary of State, New York Michael Bloomberg chipped in $350,000 to Taxpayers for Responsible Democracy, the committee organized to fight the recall move by voters in Morse and Giron’s districts outraged at their having played key roles in pushing Colorado’s new gun laws.
Bloomberg’s not the only big-buck contributor. According to the filings, other contributors gave from $20,000 to $250,000 of the $708,000 in contributions raised between April 2 and August 22. In all, more than 17,000 contributions were received, but the bulk of the money came from anti-gun supporters outside Colorado.
Because machine guns and surplus M1 Garands are such popular guns among the criminal element.
First, absent sound science of an adverse impact to wildlife populations, there is no justifiable basis to restrict use traditional ammo. If sound science exists then wildlife managers (not legislators) should lead the identification of possible remedial measures available that adequately address the issue and implement the measure that is least costly to the sportsmen.
Despite a 99% compliance rate by hunters, there has been no reduction in condor lead posioning during the 5 years that the lead ammunition ban has been in place within the condor corridor.
Why the change of heart? Christie claimed that the legislation went farther than he wanted by outlawing even current private ownership of the Barrett, which would have required confiscation of those weapons. However, Christie also argued that the Barrett and other weapons in its class has never been tied to crime at all anyway:
“Tellingly, the Legislature points to no instance of this class of firearms being used by even a single criminal in New Jersey,” Christie wrote. “The wide scope of this total ban, therefore, will not further public safety, but only interfere with lawful recreational pastimes.”
Firearms-related homicides declined 39 percent between 1993 and 2011, the report said, while nonfatal firearms crimes fell 69 percent during that period…
Overall, the Justice Department report said, firearm-related homicides dropped from 18,253 homicides in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011, while nonfatal firearm crimes declined from 1.5 million in 1993 to 467,300 in 2011.
This is something that Murdoc tries to make sure everyone understands when we talk about guns, gun violence, and gun control:
The drop extended to schools: Homicides at schools declined from an average of 29 per year in the 1990s to an average of 20 per year in the 2000s.
I’m not sure that one person I’ve ever told that gun violence in schools is down has ever believed me for a second.
Apparently Gov Hickenlooper has announced that he will sign HB 1224 on Wednesday. We were asked for our reaction, and here is what we said:
We have said all along that based on the legal problems and uncertainties in the bill, as well as general principle, we will have no choice but to leave if the Governor signs this into law. We will start our transition out of the state almost immediately, and we will prioritize moving magazine manufacturing operations first. We expect the first PMAGs to be made outside CO within 30 days of the signing
Rifle owners in New York
are organizing a mass boycott of Gov. Cuomo’s new law mandating they register their weapons, daring officials to “come and take it away,” The Post has learned.
Gun-range owners and gun-rights advocates are encouraging hundreds of thousands of owners to defy the law, saying it’d be the largest act of civil disobedience in state history.
“I’ve heard from hundreds of people that they’re prepared to defy the law, and that number will be magnified by the thousands, by the tens of thousands, when the registration deadline comes,” said Brian Olesen, president of the American Shooters Supply, one of the largest gun dealers in the state.
It’s almost like the registration plan won’t work.
Famed author Stephen King has published an eBook called ‘Guns’ to discuss the gun control issue.
No link given here, but here’s the blurb on Amazon:
In a pulls-no-punches essay intended to provoke rational discussion, Stephen King sets down his thoughts about gun violence in America. Anger and grief in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School are palpable in this urgent piece of writing, but no less remarkable are King’s keen thoughtfulness and composure as he explores the contours of the gun-control issue and constructs his argument for what can and should be done.
Seems almost reasonable, and definitely a possibility for “rational discussion.”
But then there’s this:
King’s earnings from the sale of this essay will go the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Whoops. One doesn’t have to know anything about King’s politics (which are very Liberal) or know what his stance on gun control is (he apparently favors a total ban on semi-autos) to realize which way his breeze is blowing on this.
Don’t buy this eBook unless you want to put money in the pockets of the Brady Bunch.
It’s almost like Stephen King is totally full of shit.
OCONEE COUNTY, GA (CBS ATLANTA) – Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said neither he nor his law enforcement agency will purchase weapons anytime soon from a major firearms dealer, after that dealer made a change to its policy on who can buy certain types of weapons.
Dana Safety Supply, which has a store in Sugar Hill, recently amended its policy to exclude any non-law enforcement customers from purchasing semi-automatic weapons.
Sheriff Berry says that excluding citizens from purchasing firearms that they’re legally allowed to buy is the reason for the boycott. Good on him.
Asked about the Fast and Furious program at the Univision forum on Thursday, President Obama falsely claimed that the program began under President George W. Bush.
“I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration,” the president said. “When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it.”
Fast and Furious began in October of 2009. Fact.