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ILA STORY
Both Colorado politicians had voted
for the state's new ban on magazines
that hold more than 15 rounds and its
new requirement that any transfer of
a firearm-including even an overnight loan to a family member or close
friend-require a criminal background
check and another background check
when the firearm is returned to its owner.
Giron had co-sponsored the background check legislation, and supported
legislation that would have imposed a
fee on such transfers, which Morse also
supported. Morse had further alienated
Colorado gun owners by equating gun
control with "cleansing a sickness from
our souls."
The Huffington Post article was right
that the ouster of those anti-gun politicians was "stunning." Though a majority
of voters in Pueblo and Colorado Springs
apparently would disagree with the use
of the word "modest" to describe the
laws and other legislation that Morse
and Giron supported, an article in the
Colorado Independent otherwise nailed it
on the head, saying "Gun-rights advocates
and conservative voters [in Colorado
Springs] and in Pueblo sent a shock wave
across the state and nation Tuesday when
they succeeded in recalling two state
senators who supported modest guncontrol measures passed last spring."
But the Huffington Post article was
wrong about one thing. While the recall
victory was a win for the NRA, it was a far
more important victory for the individual
Coloradans who, having been pushed
beyond their limits, signed the recall
petitions, made the phone calls, went
door-to-door in their neighborhoods
and contributed their time and energies
in many other ways to make the recall
effort a success.
As one observer put it, the real credit
for defeating Morse and Giron, the latter
by 12 percentage points, belongs to "the
voters of Colorado Springs and Pueblo-
including Democrats, Independents and
Republicans-who decided that they
were tired of out-of-touch politicians that
put the interests of radical, out-of-state
special interests ahead of the needs and
priorities of Colorado families and our local
communities. ... This stunning victory was
made possible by each and every volunteer who helped circulate petitions, who
made phone calls, who made a donation
and who encouraged their friends and
neighbors to vote 'yes' on the recall."

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Adding to the "stun" factor, those
volunteers also achieved their victory
over substantial odds. Meddlesome New
York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg
and other gun control supporters spent
more than $3 million trying to thwart the
recall effort, at least six times the amount
raised by recall supporters. That fact alone
should put to rest the anti-gun movement's worn-out lie that the nation's gun
laws still largely respect Second Amendment rights because they are bought and
paid for out of the supposedly bottomless
pockets of the so-called "gun lobby."
The ouster of Morse and Giron followed another set of votes that sent
shock waves into the anti-gun movement: the defeat, in the United States
Senate in April, of the gun control
package put together by Vice President
Joe Biden on President Obama's behalf.
The recall votes and the U.S. Senate votes
warrant comparison, because in both
instances the Second Amendment's
adversaries believed, or at least pretended to believe, that their victories
over us were certain.
Gun control supporters believed
Morse would probably survive the recall
vote and that Giron certainly would,
given the demographics of her district.
In fact, in the months leading up to the
election, Giron was so confident that
she glibly predicted that Bloomberg's
anti-gun group's existence was on the
line. "For Mayors Against Illegal Guns
(MAIG)," she said, "if they lose even one of
these seats, they might as well fold it up."
Giron probably knows as well as anyone
that this defeat will not likely be the end
of MAIG, but her willingness to speak in
such terms betrayed her arrogant belief
that defeat was not a real possibility.
With similar confidence, Obama said
in December that it was "encouraging"
to see that a cross-section of Americans
had come around to his way of thinking
on gun control, or at least so he wanted
people to believe. And even after the
Senate rejected the legislation he supported-proposing to ban many semiautomatic firearms like the AR-15, to ban
ammunition magazines that hold more
than 10 rounds, regardless of the gun for
which they are designed, and to require
a criminal background check to privately
sell a firearm from a personal collection-Obama kept up the pretense that
his agenda would eventually become
law. "We're going to have to change," he

said. "I believe we're going to be able to
get this done. Sooner or later, we are
going to get this right."
Belief in his own intellectual superiority
has been Obama's style throughout his
political career. On "Super Tuesday" in February 2008, for example, with the outcome
of that year's presidential election still in
doubt, candidate Obama arrogantly told
his adoring followers, "We are the ones
that we've been waiting for." Whatever
the occasion, Americans can be sure that
Obama will put himself front and center.
In September, President Obama
shamefully used the memorial service for
the victims of the Washington Navy Yard
tragedy as a platform upon which to talk
about himself-using the words "I" or
"I'm" a dozen times-and to criticize the
country the victims of that crime had loyally served. In calling for the U.S. to pass
gun laws similar to those in Australia or
Great Britain, he insisted, "What's different in America is it's easy to get your
hands on a gun. Well," he said, "I cannot accept that." Again referring to gun
control, he added, "It may not happen
tomorrow and it may not happen next
week, it may not happen next month,
but it will happen."
The lesson that the Colorado recall
holds for all NRA members-those at
NRA Headquarters and the 5 million other
NRA members for whom we work-is
that our success depends upon going
the extra mile to stand for what we
believe in, to support the political candidates and elected officials who wage
our battles in Congress and in the state
legislatures, and to encourage other gun
owners to join our cause.
If there is anything this year's debate
over gun control has made clear, it is that
the Second Amendment's adversaries
are highly motivated, very well-funded
and won't quit. As U.S. House Minority
Leader Nancy Pelosi said after the Senate
rejected Obama's gun control package,
"It might be inconceivable to the NRA
that [more gun control] might happen,
[but] it's inevitable to us. ... We're just not
taking 'no' for an answer."
We must keep that lesson in mind
going into the 2014 mid-term elections,
as well as the 2016 presidential contest.
Our roadmap for success is to do what
folks did in Pueblo and Colorado Springs
in September-mobilize and motivate.
We owe it to ourselves and to future generations of Americans to do no less.


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