Two Democrat governors who rammed through onerous gun control legislation last year and a Lt. Governor with a penchant for calling normal gun owners “extremists” may find gun owners in their states having the last laugh tomorrow at the polls.
Governors John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, along with Lt. Governor Anthony Brown of Maryland, all pushed radical gun control in the wake of the shooting of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Connecticut in 2012.
The murderer* obtained the weapons used in that assault by murdering the owner of the firearms (his mother) to gain access to her gun safe. The Sandy Hook murderer used a simple and ubiquitous bolt-action .22LR rifle to start the carnage, which these anti-gun/anti-liberty politicians used the tragedy to push their own radical agendas.
It may have seemed like smart partisan politics at the time… but it’s certainly backfiring now.
Colorado governor John Hickenlooper was more than happy to sign gun control legislation that restricted the ability of citizens to own standard capacity magazines, and which forced “universal background checks”—a “backdoor” gun registry—on to his state’s citizens.
The state’s response to the partisan legislation was swift, with two state senators recalled and a third choosing to resign instead of being recalled so that Democrats wouldn’t loose control of the state senate. Citizens have further responded by ignoring these new laws. They have been purchasing standard capacity magazines out-of-state, while blatantly ignoring the state’s universal background checks law which they feel violates their constitutional rights as a gun registry.
Hickenlooper has been running away from his gun control agenda, but it may bee too little, too late.
Challenger Bob Beauprez is in a virtual dead-heat with the incumbent Hickenlooper, and Real Clear Politics gives Beauprez a slight edge. The winner of the race will likely depending on which candidate has the best voter turnout, and as Colorado’s gun-owning citizenry has shown with the successful recalls of Colorado Senate President John Morse and senator Angela Giron, and the forced resignation of senator Evie Hudak, that they are truly a force to be reckoned with at the polls.
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