2 GOP state senators sworn in after Colorado recalls
WASHINGTON – Two Republicans were sworn in Thursday to replace the Colorado Senate Democrats they defeated in historic recalls over new gun restrictions.Oh, let the rationalization begin:
Former Colorado Springs Councilman Bernie Herpin and retired Pueblo police officer George Rivera took the oath of office in front of a Senate packed with Republican lawmakers and other supporters in the gallery. They were greeted with loud cheers and applause.
"I leave the legislature with no regrets," said Morse, who held the Democrats' top-ranking position in the chamber as Senate president. He noted that a neighborhood in his district has a high-rate of gun deaths, and that he "served families who expect, at a minimum, that we will prevent criminals from getting guns."So you introduced a measure that limited the capacity of the magazine that Colorado residents could legally own? Help me out here, John. How does making a 16 round magazine illegal "prevent criminals from getting guns"? I'm trying to see the connection. The problem isn't that they can get standard capacity magazines - and when an AR-15 ships with a 30 round magazine from the factory, that's the standard capacity. The problem is the revolving door justice system that slaps them on the wrist for even violent crimes. It's not the guns.
But you know that.
It's just so darn *easy* to go after the guns, isn't it? A lot of people don't know anything about them, and only "know" what they see on the nightly news or in Hollywood, where every gun can launch a bad guy back through a wall and "cop killer" bullets from a handgun can go through two inches of plate steel. You blather on about how easy guns are to get, then pass a meaningless magazine capacity restriction and require private sales to go through a licensed dealer - steps that do not address the criminal misuse of firearms. We don't need new laws, we just need you to enforce the laws that are already on the books. Like, you know, it being illegal for a felon to possess a firearm at all.
But you know that.
You were grandstanding and you got caught, plain and simple. You saw that sweet, sweet MAIG money and you forgot who you represented - you went for meaningless soundbite rhetoric that only affects honest people, and they called you on it. You can blame the NRA for the recall all you want - it was grassroots effort in Colorado that put the recall to a vote, and it was the people of Colorado that voted to kick your keister to the curb. You wrote off the calls and letters you received as unimportant, and you chose poorly. And now your seat is occupied by a member of the opposition party who will at least pretend to care about second amendment issues...
There's a lesson to be learned in all of this - but you won't learn it...
That is all.
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