Recall elections send message to politicians

Sept. 2, 2013

Attiana Collins
acollin2@uccs.edu

The recall elections of Colorado Springs Senate President John Morse (District 11) and Pueblo Sen. Angela Giron (District 3) are about more than two politicians supporting bills their constituents don’t like.

These recall elections are about politicians taking advantage of their positions and supporting policies the people of Colorado don’t want. They think it will be OK because they claim that they are doing it to keep the public safe.

According to a Quinnipiac University poll, Colorado residents oppose the three new gun-control laws Governor John Hickenlooper signed into law on March 20 at a rate of 54 to 40 percent.

That lack of support meant nothing to Morse and Giron, who supported three separate house bills on gun control.

After the horrendous shootings at an Aurora movie theater and Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., politicians have been focused on trying to keep the public safe.

This recall is the best way to send the message to politicians that their job is not to pass laws that obstruct citizens’ rights to liberty under the pretense they’re doing it to keep people safe.

Magazine manufacturer Magpul Industries began shifting their manufacturing out of state in May after House Bill 1224 – which banned magazines that can hold more than 15 rounds – became law.

This move cost the state 600 jobs and $85 million, way more than the recall elections are costing taxpayers. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be as great a concern to the state senators.

With the direction the country is headed in now, it is crucial to keep the state’s economy healthy and not endanger it with laws that aren’t going to actually help keep the public safe.

The ban on “high-capacity” magazines is a policy that was only signed into law to put the minds of mothers and those that lost loved ones during shootings at ease.

A shooter could easily carry more magazines and reload quickly, as it only takes a practiced shooter one-and-a-half seconds to reload a 10-30 round magazine.

While Morse has impressive views on immigration reform, recreational marijuana and civil unions, he’s obviously not willing to let the voters decide on what they want when it comes to guns.

This is the first recall election in history for a Colorado state legislator, and it has the potential to be extremely influential.

Even if voters decide to keep Morse and Giron in office, this recall has sent the message to politicians that they can’t pass or support laws that their constituents – the people they work for – don’t want.