COLORADO SPRINGS — Two Colorado Democrats who provided crucial support for a slate of tough new gun-control laws were voted out of office on Tuesday in a recall vote widely seen as a test of popular support for gun restrictions after mass shootings in a Colorado movie theater and a Connecticut elementary school.The "warning" is that the "90%" line we've been fed is complete and utter bulls**t. Gun permits are up *EVERYWHERE* - when I renewed my MA LTC this year, the number of permit requests in my town had DOUBLED since the previous year. More than 10% of the residents of my town - and bear in mind, it's about half kids here - have their MA LTC. IN MASSACHUSETTS. This is not just the angry bitter clingers buying more guns, folks. This is *everyone* seeing the writing on the wall and acting accordingly.
The election, which came five months after the United States Senate defeated several gun restrictions, handed another loss to gun-control supporters. It also gave moderate lawmakers across the country a warning about the political risks of voting for tougher gun laws.
I *still* can't find most ammunition on the shelves at the local stores, box or otherwise. We are only *just* starting to see the much-reviled AR-15, the most popular sporting rifle in America, on store shelves (and at pricing closer to non-panic levels). People in record numbers are getting concealed carry permits - despite the incessant drone about "Stand Your Ground" laws in the media. And now, with the ousting of two virulently anti-gun legislators in middle-ground Colorado, we're starting to see some serious political ramifications for ignoring the *true* will of the people with regard to gun control.
Good job Colorado. Good job Magpul - I can't help but think that you guys following through on your promise to leave CO after the passage of the gun control legislation played no small part in the recall election. Losing a thriving business (how many other businesses in today's Obamaconomy have people lining up to buy their product, often at a markup?) because of idiotic regulations that affect only good people sent a wake-up call to the voters in Colorado, and they voted accordingly. Good job all around.
And of course, it's interesting to see the reaction in the mainstream media. They are, of course, "blaming" the NRA - ignoring the millions that anti-gun groups poured into CO both before the gun control legislation and now leading up to the recall. NYC Mayor Bloomberg spent $350K of his own money (and countless NYC tax dollars) to fight the recall - yet the EEEEVIL NRA is the big boogeyman here, twisting people's arms to vote for recall (yes, that is sarcasm dripping off that sentence. Don't get any on you). Isn't it funny that the gun control groups are protrayed as the grassroots movements, when as soon as that outside money dries up, people drop like flies?
It's called projection, and it'd be ironic if they were even dimly aware they were doing it...
That is all.