2 Dems Ousted Over Gun Stance in Colorado Recall

Will be replaced by Republicans after NRA-backed election

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 11, 2013 6:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – Colorado voters have fired two clear warning shots in the gun control debate, voting to kick two Democratic state lawmakers who supported stricter firearm laws out of office. Senate president John Morse and Senator Angela Giron will both be replaced with Republicans, following a recall election yesterday, reports the Denver Post. The NRA was a significant force behind the recall, donating more than $300,000 to the effort after both Morse and Giron supported wider background checks and round limits on ammo, reports the Washington Post. "The loss of this senate seat is purely symbolic," said Morse after conceding defeat.

Morse and Giron also received about $300,000 from New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but it was a pittance compared to the total sum raised by gun rights advocates. "Tonight is a victory for the people of the state of Colorado, who have been subject to the overreach of a Democrat agenda on guns, taxes, and accountability to the people," says one of the activists behind the recalls. The recalls will perhaps be heard most loudly by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, who supported and signed tighter gun control laws and is now facing falling approval ratings, notes the Post.

Protestors in favor of recalling Colorado Sen. John Morse post signs near a polling area during the recall election.
Protestors in favor of recalling Colorado Sen. John Morse post signs near a polling area during the recall election.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Colorado Senate President John Morse concedes defeat in his legislative recall race in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Colorado Senate President John Morse concedes defeat in his legislative recall race in Colorado Springs, Colorado.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Democratic state Sen. Angela Giron gives her concession speech after she lost in a recall vote in Pueblo, Colorado.
Democratic state Sen. Angela Giron gives her concession speech after she lost in a recall vote in Pueblo, Colorado.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
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