Voters in Colorado gave the old heave-ho to two pro-gun control pols in yesterday’s recall elections. It’s a stunning victory for The People of the Gun. The recall sends a clear message to the civilian disarmament industrial complex that echoes the scene in Mommie Dearest where Joan Crawford addresses Coca-Cola’s Board of Directors: “Don’t f*** with me fellas.” Yes, but—as Moms Demand Action pointed out in their petulant post-recall press release, the recall vote doesn’t actually change the laws that triggered the recall campaign. Colorado still has a 15-round ammunition capacity limit. The Centennial State still requires background checks at gun shows. And the Democrats still have a majority in the legislature. Yes, there is that . . .
To sober up after their heady victory, gun rights advocates need only look left to California. Their cause has cratered in America’s most populous state, where the Democrats hold sway. An estimated nine million Golden State gun owners are living under the yoke of high-tax tyranny, weeks away from watching their state enact the country’s most draconian gun control legislation. And there’s not a damn thing they can do about it.
Sure, the Colorado vote may stiffen the backbone of California’s pro-gun Democrats. But how many of them are there these days? Does it matter? As Democrat West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin’s post-Newtown “compromise” gun control bill proved, pro-gun Dems are anti-gun Dems when they can be. And in California, as in (yes) Colorado, they sure as hell can be.
Not to go all Yoda on you, dismiss the Colorado recall results they can. Like Senate President John Morse, they can label the defeat “purely symbolic.” And follow the lead of Mark Glaze, spokesman for the Mayors Against Illegal Guns (who reneged on his promise to speak to TTAG on election night) and go “meh.” Knowing that Glaze’s Guy, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, has got their back, cash-wise. Glaze:
“I think the NRA walked away with an important lesson and that is that these kinds of recalls to kick legislators out of office are not going to be cheap and easy anymore. They have to spend every dime they have and pull out the stops and we’re going to be matching them every step of the way.”
No one said the fight for gun rights at the ballot box would be cheap or easy, of course. Gun rights advocates fighting in the trenches aren’t stupid. They know that decades of struggle lie ahead. At the ballot box. In the courts. In the media. And on the front lines of gun culture and, yes, law enforcement. But the recall vote did shore-up Colorado gun owners’ defenses against future encroachments, which is no bad thing.
And there are reasons to be cheerful, part 2.
Perhaps the Colorado vote is symbolic. Maybe it’s about more than a bunch of pissed off gun-owning voters drawing a “red line” in the sand on gun rights. It could be a sign that more and more Americans are declaring their independence from Big Government. Maybe the recall was a vote for accountability and a return to the limits established by the United States Constitution. If so, it could mark the beginning of the end of New Deal Democratic socialism and Republican paternalism. Which could well send gun grabbers packing.
Then again, nah. It was a protest against civilian disarmament. I’ll take it! What’s next? Vote out enough Democrats in Colorado to repeal the mag cap limit and background check laws. And continue on the long road to freedom in California, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, etc. The longest journey starts with a single step. Like this.