September 11th, 2013
05:13 PM ET
12 months ago

Colorado recall election prompts gun debate

Washington (CNN) – A recall election in Colorado has shown that the national debate over guns is just as bitterly contested as ever. Two state senators who voted for stricter gun laws earlier this lost their jobs in a recall election and the outcome is reverberating through the country.

State Senate President John Morse of Colorado Springs and his colleague, state Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, were faced with a recall after voting for Colorado's new gun law that imposed universal background checks on gun purchases and limited magazines to 15 rounds. It was the first ever recall in the state.

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  1. Sniffit

    Biggest message that the GOP/Teatrolls will take from this whole thing: voter suppression works.

    CNN apparently doesn't want to report on Judge McGahey's decision to prohibit any mail-in voting during the recall and the effect that had on Dem/liberal turnout.

    September 11, 2013 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  2. smith

    The problem with debate is the radicals on both sides have hi-jacked the debate. Personally, I think we as a nation have wasted enough time on this subject. Nothing will change , no matter what kind of laws are passed. People kill people and it`s tragic, but it has been this way since the begining. Let`s keep working on the economy instead.

    September 11, 2013 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  3. just saying

    Sniffit
    Biggest message that the GOP/Teatrolls will take from this whole thing: voter suppression works.
    CNN apparently doesn't want to report on Judge McGahey's decision to prohibit any mail-in voting during the recall and the effect that had on Dem/liberal turnout
    --–

    bwahahahhahahaha!!!! yeah, suppressing all those poor white people now right sniffin'poop???!!!!
    geez, your tired old come backs are really getting old. I'm surprised you didn't attribute the loss to all of the racists in colorado that hate obumbles and this was their way of getting back at him.

    thanks for the laugh and remaining true to the loonet left form.

    September 11, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. don in albuquerque

    What is so funny is that they will defend their second amendment rights, and voter suppression in the same breath. Of course they are not smart enough to deserve either. But, what they don't see is that voter suppression is like the runaway train going down hill. It will eventually run over them as well. Lose your vote, and then watch what happens to your little pop guns. Gonna use them to fight the Evil Empire...you bad boy. Well, fight a drone.

    September 11, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    "thanks for the laugh and remaining true to the loonet left form."

    What's laughable is your support of not allowing mail-in voting for a recall election. If you're such a great defender of freedom, then why put up barriers to people exercising their right to vote?

    Here, I'll say it using smaller words: What are you afraid of?

    September 11, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  6. Thomas

    People with guns don't debate , they shoot first ask questions later .

    It's our God given right to kill who ever or what ever we want , thats what God intended ?

    September 11, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  7. Lisa P.

    21% turnout is just sad. If that's all the people who can bother to vote then we don't deserve a democracy.

    September 11, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  8. Donna

    Sniffit
    Biggest message that the GOP/Teatrolls will take from this whole thing: voter suppression works.
    CNN apparently doesn't want to report on Judge McGahey's decision to prohibit any mail-in voting during the recall and the effect that had on Dem/liberal turnout.
    -–

    It always something right Sniffin? It's always some great right wing conspiracy to rob, rape or pillage people right? It is never the simple, truthful explanation that the people of Colorado rejected the far left agenda of these two politcians. These Democrats refused to truly represent the view point of their constituents, aka their bosses, anfd their bosses fired them. That's the way it goes in politics. Do the job right and get re-elected. Do the job wrong and get the boot.

    September 11, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  9. smith

    @Sniffit- Nobody surpressed anybody`s vote. People who cared about this topic from either side voted. Most so-called democrat voters only vote in major elections because they really don`t care about the little ones or are uninformed about the people or subject being voted on.

    September 11, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  10. Gurgyl

    Pass gun-ban laws.

    September 11, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  11. Wes

    Sniffit

    Biggest message that the GOP/Teatrolls will take from this whole thing: voter suppression works.

    CNN apparently doesn't want to report on Judge McGahey's decision to prohibit any mail-in voting during the recall and the effect that had on Dem/liberal turnout.
    ----------------------------------------------
    Thus proving dems/libtards are too lazy to vote.

    September 11, 2013 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  12. Tony in Maine

    @smith – you're correct that it has been this way for a long time – but what makes me very uncomfortable as an American is that ours is the only "civilized" nation where that is true.

    September 11, 2013 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  13. rs

    I am not certain I'd read a whole lot into someone in the Springs getting recalled over gun regulation laws, and Pueblo might not be too far behind. Niether are what you'd call hotbeds of liberalism. Saying that however, it is an important lesson. The NRA- wacky and foolish as it is on the topic of guns (Really? Concealled carry for blind people?!), they are incredibly motivated (as fanatics often are) , well organized, and well funded.
    This won't end the gun debate by any means, but it may mean those who advocate foe gun control laws will have to keep their supporters motivated and voting too.

    September 11, 2013 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  14. Locutis

    @Don – they were smart enough to remind them who really works for who.....

    September 11, 2013 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  15. Geezer

    The Democrat Party is obsessed with destroying the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms while at the same time, coddle criminals of every sort. They have been doing this since Reconstruction, and this will never change. It's encouraging to see that once in a while, Citizens can dump anti-Second Amendment Democrats with great fanfare, and make them pay for their treason.

    September 11, 2013 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    None of my dollars will be spent in a state (Colorado) that's this ignorant. They can say good-bye to my vacation dollars.

    Now have a good time killing each other.

    September 11, 2013 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    There's talk of voter suppression. The rethugs? I don't believe it.

    September 12, 2013 07:30 am at 7:30 am |