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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.”
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.
Obviously, a site like GunPundit is going to support Magpul’s decision to move out of Colorado after a law banning the sale or transfer of magazines holding more than 15 rounds was signed by the Governor last month. And poking fun at the idiots who passed such a law or those that support it is part and parcel to Murdoc’s role.
Even so, this opinion piece by Rick Tosches in the Denver Post seems, well, sort of deranged:
Tosches: Go ahead, Magpul. Move. Wyoming seems nice.
Is that what passes for an opinion in the Denver Post?
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
The trial of that orange-haired jackass continues and
out of all the movie theaters within 20 minutes of his apartment showing the new Batman movie that night, it was the only one where guns were banned. In Colorado, individuals with permits can carry concealed handgun in most malls, stores, movie theaters, and restaurants. But private businesses can determine whether permit holders can carry guns on their private property.
Most movie theaters allow permit holders carrying guns. But the Cinemark movie theater was the only one with a sign posted at the theater’s entrance.
And then there’s
With just one single exception, the attack in Tucson last year, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.
It’s almost like people planning on killing lots of other people are intentionally selecting places where the targets are most likely to be unarmed.
Colorado, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota and Virgina have no-permit-needed legislation in the works. They’d join Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming.
South Dakota is just waiting for the governor’s signature.
Oh, wait…no they’re not.
Barry Noreen: Concealed-carry permits haven’t caused problems
Since 2007, the number of concealed-carry permits in El Paso County has more than doubled, but there has not been a corresponding jump in gun violence by the permit holders.
You can believe whatever you want, but at some point it comes down to results, and nothing suggests that life here has become more dangerous because of concealed-carry permits.
Also see Noreen’s blog entry: Concealed-carry permits not for everyone, but they’re not sinister
A reader points out an update to the story about twin Australian sisters who ended up shot in the head at a Denver-area shooting range last week:
They were officially identified Friday as Kristin A. Hermeler — the twin who died — and Candice K. Hermeler — the twin who survived.
Each 29-year-old woman shot herself in the head with ammunition bought at Family Shooting Center, investigators said, with one twin using a rented .22-caliber revolver and the other a rented .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun.
They were not first-timers to the shooting range and had previously received gun training.
THEY were sharing the experience of a lifetime, a cultural exchange to one of the most picturesque Rocky Mountain towns. But when one Australian twin was due to return home from the Colorado town of Arapahoe, the sisters did not take a taxi to the airport. Instead, the 29-year-old Victorian twins drove to a shooting range, hired two pistols – and shot each other in the head.
Just what motivated their desperate pact is unknown. And so horrific were their injuries, US police were yet to determine which sister died and which is critically injured.
It sounds like it’s real unclear what actually happened. Surveillance video shows them both simultaneously falling the to ground, but not exactly what caused it. Suicide pact? Murder and self-defense? Some sort of astronomical accident?
The Colorado State University Board of Governors today rescinded a system-wide ban on concealed weapons, citing a Colorado Court of Appeals ruling that struck down a similar ban at the University of Colorado.
Today’s move indicates that any more court challenges to state law allowing concealed weapons on campus would be unwinnable, said Fort Collins attorney Terry Ryan.
Good on math teacher David Benke for putting a stop to a guy who ‘has problems.’
In the evenings, Donna Munson liked to sit in front of her picture window and watch the bears amble toward her Ouray County log cabin for dinner.
The 74-year-old woman — who stocked her backyard with dog food, fruit and yogurt — was found dead outside her home Friday, being eaten by a bear.
State officials had tried so many times to convince her to stop feeding the wildlife that she stopped responding to them and tried to have them banned from her property in southwestern Colorado.
Wild animals are wild, by definition, even if they act friendly. I don’t have any problem with her putting herself at risk, but her behavior also threatens others:
Neighbors complained about a growing number of bears in the hills, ransacking trash cans and even trying to break into houses this summer. Still, Munson kept feeding the bears.
Two of the bruins were shot and killed by Ouray County sheriff’s deputies Friday while they investigated Munson’s death. Deputies said the animals were threatening and had no fear of people.
Two other bears were captured and euthanized in July after a caretaker at Munson’s cabin complained they were too aggressive.
Apparently, the woman was giving special attention to a bear cub who had been injured and told a friend that she was going to use a broom to “swat a large bear that was bothering the baby bear.”
Randy Cassingham covered this on his This Is True newsletter, and he lives in the area. Go read his blog for some personal comments on the situation and a few related photos.