Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, May 28, 2013
Several Democratic lawmakers in the Centennial State are facing recall elections as a result of their votes to limit gun rights earlier this year.
If successful, these votes will serve as the first test of gun rights groups’ nationwide to punish the elected officials who expanded gun control laws in the wake of mass shootings like those in Aurora, Colo. and Newtown, Conn. last year.
Among those involved in the potential recall elections are Colorado State Senate President John Morse. The effort is being led by the group Basic Freedom Defense Fund, who are in the process of collecting recall signatures in gun shops and outside libraries and grocery stores throughout the district.
According to The Denver Post, Morse’s Colorado Springs-based district is rated number one for most gun deaths in Colorado.
“Colorado seems to be the testing ground for some of the gun measures, so this has national implications,” Victor Head, a plumber from Pueblo, Colo. who is organizing a recall attempt against another Democratic senator, told Fox News.
The petitioners have until June 3 to get the 7,000 signatures required for a recall election to be held later this summer.
Morse launched his own campaign to stop the recall, A Whole Lot of People for John Morse, primarily funded by the progressive organization America Votes. The campaign recently launched a video for the campaign, which shows a petition gatherer insisting that Morse is once again drafting legislation that would hold gun manufacturers and retailers of assault-style rifles liable for any harm caused by the weapons.
For his part, Morse is somewhat resigned to the idea of a recall election against him. He believes that the election is not about him, but rather his place as the top ranking politician in the state senate.
“That’s what’s going on here. They want to take out the Senate president,” Morse told Fox News.
The odds are in Morse’s favor, however. Not only does the voter registration in his district slightly favor Democrats, but most recall efforts actually fail, as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s did last year. Nationwide, 108 officials under a recall either lost or left office after the recall.
In Colorado, seven recall efforts went before the voters in 2012. Of those, two were successful and two more resigned.