WE LOST! Yes, we lost the Colorado recall election on Tuesday, September 10, 2013, setting a precedent in Colorado history. John Morse (D) will be replaced by Bernie Herpin (R) and Angela Giron (D) will be replaced by George Rivera (R). The first recall in Colorado history was a 50-50 win for the NRA. The Colorado recall effort began by targeting four state Senators, but the organizers failed to get enough signatures for two of their targets. It was estimated that less than 20% of registered voters went to the polls yesterday. Official totals will be added to this diary when they become available.
Morse and Giron, along with a a majority of their colleagues, stood up to the NRA and voted with a majority of their colleagues to pass some gun reform laws. And now they have been "punished" at the polls, just like some Kossacks predicted. We acknowledge that we lost. We welcome those who need to tell us "I told you so" to come on over and tell us exactly that, as we cry in our beer and figure out what to do next.
Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Democrats lose two Colorado recalls; de Blasio Nears Primary Win
While I don't agree with all her arguments, I found some of her arguments compelling, and included her diary in our first Glossary of Resources.
We are a new group, barely three weeks old. Conceived as a study group, we seek to understand current gun laws and policies that are consistent with Heller and McDonald. We are in an experimental phase where some states have passed new strict laws and other states have repealed laws or passed new laws that expand the individual right to keep and bear arms. Hundreds of state and local gun laws have been challenged and are percolating up through the lower courts. The vast majority are being upheld.
Kaili's top 5 reasons, "Why Liberals Should Love the Second Amendment"
No. 1: The Bill of Rights protects individual rights.
No. 2: We oppose restrictions to our civil liberties.
No. 3: It's not 1776 anymore.
No. 4: It's not like you can use it anyway.
No. 5: The Second Amendment is about revolution.
We can not ignore the political reality, however, of this third rail topic. Please join us below the fold for discussion of Kaili's five arguments and how they might explain the Colorado backlash and last night's recall election results.
by Kaili Joy Gray (Oct. 6, 2009)
Liberals love the Constitution.
The Daily Kos Firearms Law and Policy group was founded last month by LilithGardener, OregonOak, Glen the Plumber, and Joy of Fishes. Some of us have been versed in firearms law for many years while others have never owned or handled a gun. We published a Glossary of Resources to make it easier for everyone to find answers to their questions and support their opinions with primary sources of firearms law and policy research. If you find gun jargon confusing you are not alone. This Glossary of Gun Terminology from Handgun Law may help you find the right words.
Please argue your case the way Wee Mama illustrated in her excellent diary, Make Your Case , attempt to win over your opponent the way akadjian laid out here, and join us for collaborative discussions like this and this.
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Colorado is a Schiznit points out some reasons in Why Colorado Lost Two Democratic Senators
David Nir reports this morning that we could have seen it coming, except we didn't because an experienced pollster discounted their own results.
• CO Recall: Following Tuesday's recall elections in Colorado, where two Democratic state senators were turfed out and replaced by Republicans, PPP's Tom Jensen revealed something very unusual. It turns out that he took a poll of ex-state Sen. Angela Giron's 3rd District over the weekend, but because he didn't believe it yielded accurate results, he decided to sit on it. Even more unusually, Jensen then chose to reveal the data after the fact, because it turned out to be dead-on.Fri Sep 13, 2013 at 9:51 AM PT: Diary analyzing voter turn out by Kos: More on Colorado recalls and voter turnout.