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Guns a Hot Topic in Sen. John Morse's Recall

| by Dabney Bailey
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Colorado Senator John Morse (D) is about to learn an important lesson about the gun rights crowd. Morse faces a recall election after the Recall Morse Committee collected 16,000 signatures, more than double the required signatures to spark a recall election.

Of course, this is only the unofficial tally. It won’t be final until the Secretary of State office counts the signatures to make sure that there are at least 7,178 valid names – 25 percent of the ballots cast when Morse won his race in 2010.

Ironically, Morse might have avoided a recall altogether if he had been more polite in his emails. Rob Harris, the leader of the Recall Morse movement, started the movement when Morse dismissed him in an email about gun control. “He said it was abusive,” Harris said, “which it wasn’t… We want a representative, not a ruler. Morse has tried to be a ruler and we’re firing him.”

Other recall proponents have cited Morse’s bad attitude and gun control stance as the reasons for signing the petition. In order to appeal to the disenfranchised pro-gun crowd, Harris offered rewards such as 30-round Magpul magazines for anybody who turned in the most signatures. The grand prize, a Glock pistol, went to former representative Larry Liston. Liston had been a central figure throughout the recall effort.

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One unexpected ally was the opposition. Another group who called themselves A Whole Lotta People for John Morse sent out automated telephone calls in which they suggested the Recall Morse group of being criminals. This sparked a backlash and caused a spike in the number of recall signatures.

Considering the widespread support for Morse’s recall and a huge list of signatures, there’s an extremely good chance that Morse’s seat will be in jeopardy. It is also fairly likely that an opportunistic pro-gun candidate will challenge Morse for his seat.

This sends a strong message to gun control lawmakers, especially those who have a strong pro-gun constituency: ignore the gun crowd at your own peril.

Source: Washington Times