Broad Pro-Gun Coalition Backed Recalls

September 13, 2013
A recent survey, and the results of Tuesday night's recalls, shows that a broad, bipartisan coalition can be assembled in support of gun rights (CapitolCity Blog Image)

The results of Tuesday night’s recalls suggest that a wide, bipartisan coalition can be assembled in support of gun rights (CapitolCity Blog Image)

WASHINGTON — Last Friday, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette spoke at a rally at Colorado College in support of embattled Senate President John Morse. After her fellow Democrat was booted out of office, Thursday the Denver lawmaker had little to say about the results of the recall.

“I don’t have an opinion on that,” the avowed gun-control supporter said hurriedly and without turning toward the questioner as is her custom.

DeGette’s lack of response contrasted with that of Rep. Cory Gardner. The Yuma Republican wasted no time to answer a reporter’s question about the significance of the recall, which resulted not only in Morse losing his job but State Sen. Angela Giron too.

“I think the recall election was a vote that showed Coloradans are sick and tired of the (state) Democratic legislature being out of touch and extreme,” the staunch gun-rights supporter said  in the lobby off the House floor.

The results of a controversial September 7-9 survey conducted by the liberal-leaning Public Policy Polling suggest a different possibility.

The PPP poll found that in Giron’s district in Pueblo, respondents were evenly divided, 47-47, on the question of restricting magazine capacity, while 68 percent backed expanding background checks to all gun purchases.  Yet the results of the survey suggested a deeper reason for DeGette’s reticence and Gardner’s ebullience.

Looking at the cross tabs, the survey shows that a broad coalition can be assembled to support gun rights.

While some Democrats believe their “coalition of the ascendant” will lead them to a permanent majority, the survey suggests Republicans can make inroads into some Democratic constituencies by appealing to a gun-rights agenda.

In Giron’s district, the PPP survey found that Hispanics supported the recall by a 50-44 margin and female voters by a 51-44 tally. Blacks opposed the recall 7-67.

The National Rifle Association drew popular support too.

By a margin of 53-33, voters in Giron’s district said they have a positive feeling toward the gun-rights group. Independents felt more positively than negatively toward the NRA by a 43-35 score.

Giron was recalled Tuesday night by a 56 percent to 44 percent margin in her heavily Democratic district.

Morse was also recalled, albeit by a smaller margin of 51 percent to 49.

Giron has blamed her loss on “voter suppression.”

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4 Responses to Broad Pro-Gun Coalition Backed Recalls

  1. BorisB
    September 13, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    So Giron says it was voter suppression was it? Funny but 3 days before that it was because she was not a member of the good ol boys club, before that it was cause she is brown…
    Of course she failed to mention how the voting laws were massaged the week before just to accommodate the leftist..
    I wondering which one it was.. (none of the above actually)

    She just can’t come to grips that the reality is the people of Pueblo don’t really like her and the job she was doing..

    The TRUTH can hurt sometimes…

    Giron is really a very poor loser… No class what so ever…

    The voters obviously made a good choice.

  2. Jackson
    September 14, 2013 at 7:01 am

    The lies of the Liberals.

  3. October 27, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Our country is in very deep trouble. In large part caused by nonsense. Politicians cannot answer a question with a straight answer, they have preconceived opinions going forward that keep them from hearing their constituents and blinders that keep them from seeing the obvious. However the biggest problem we have; Democrats and Republicans have forgotten they are AMERICANS first and party members second. Our system had a major break down in the 1800s which started a civil war that cost the lives of more Americans, north and south than all of our other wars combined. We are headed in that direction now. Far fetched?? In my 58 years I have never seen political sides more polarized and instead of referring to the “loyal opposition” we already have accusations of all kinds of corruption, abuse of power etc. We have almost completely lost our ability to compromise on anything. Once it is gone completely then things will get out of hand before our people can stop it.


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