Morse Defends Gun Control, Attacks GOP Sheriff

December 18, 2013
Liberal ex-lawmaker John Morse is back in the news talking gun control

Liberal ex-lawmaker John Morse is back in the news talking gun control

DENVER – In the wake of the tragic shooting at Arapahoe High School, left-leaning MSNBC interviewed ex-state Senate President John Morse, who made the eyebrow raising allegation that Weld County Sheriff John Cooke’s opposition to gun control is “making a mockery” of children killed and injured in gun violence.

Though Morse’s accusations may ring hollow, the Democrat, who was recalled by Colorado Springs voters in September, attempted a character assassination on Cooke, who is term limited as sheriff but seeking election to the state Senate in 2014.

The interview on Sunday piggybacked on a New York Times story criticizing Cooke for testifying against a controversial set of Democrats-sponsored gun-control bills earlier this year. Like other Colorado sheriffs, Cooke vowed to uphold 2nd Amendment rights and opposed the package.

“In my oath,” Sheriff Cooke told the New York Times, “It says I’ll uphold the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of the state of Colorado. It doesn’t say I have to uphold every law passed by the legislature.”

It was rather ironic that Morse, who voters recalled for after ramming through extreme gun-control measures and blocking public  testimony on the measures, accused Cooke and other county sheriffs of playing politics this week.

“The sheriffs clearly are elected officials and politicians,” said Morse. “And (Cooke) is playing to his base. I get that.”

“Obviously, I’m mortified by folks that are elected directly to concern themselves with public safety, like sheriffs, are making a mockery of children dying at the hands of gunmen,” added Morse.

“That is absurd!” Cooke said referring to Morse’s comment. “No one takes John Morse seriously because of statements like that.”

Morse’s wild assertions also contradict Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper’s assessment of state’s gun-control laws and the tragedy of a student who killing himself after critically wounding another student at Arapahoe High School last week in Littleton.

In fact, Hickenlooper said that none of the gun-control laws passed by the Democrat lawmakers would have prevented the tragic shooting last week at Arapahoe High School.

Neither Morse nor Hickenlooper mentioned that Republican legislators attempted to pass legislation to encourage school districts to hire armed security guards or allow qualified teachers to conceal carry – and essentially stop advertising public schools as gun-free zones. The measure was killed by Democrat lawmakers.

“Generally (county sheriffs) are Republican kinds folks,” said Morse, who noted that Cooke is running for the Senate District 13 seat held by Sen. Scott Renfroe (R-Greeley) who is term limited in 2014.

“Sheriff Cooke is very Republican and very anti-gun safety,” asserted Morse.

“Morse is the one politicizing these tragedies for his own agenda,” said Cooke.

On Tuesday, the Weld County Sheriffs office reported that two students in Mead were expelled after bringing a gun and ammunition to school.

Morse claimed that Cooke would repeal the gun-purchase background checks that were expanded to include gun show purchases in 2000, a ballot initiative approved by Colorado voters after the horrific shootings at Columbine High School by two students. Cooke did oppose that ballot initiative.

“He’s on the stump,” said Morse of Cooke.

Morse did not mention critical mental health legislation that was promised by Democrat lawmakers after the summer 2012 Aurora theater shootings. The legislation, which some speculated would upgrade requirements to report individuals who pose a threat to themselves or others, never materialized.

No Democrat explained why that bill fell through the cracks.

Cooke, who won re-election in 2010 with more than 70 percent of the vote in Weld County, has raised nearly $21,500 for his Republican state Senate bid. His Democrat opponent Joe Perez has garnered just over $1,000.

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10 Responses to Morse Defends Gun Control, Attacks GOP Sheriff

  1. KeithC
    December 18, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Dear John,

    Thanks for giving me and the rest of the Basic Freedom Defense Fund the opportunity to show the nation that it is still possible for citizens to hold their agenda-driven politicians accountable for their arrogance and deceit. Hope you have a great Christmas and continue to enjoy your unemployment and irrelevancy to public policy in the coming New Year.



  2. dave
    December 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Bozo Moron you lost pleas go away, Boomberg need a nose proctology

  3. Greg Siemen
    December 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Ex-Senate President John Morse, demagoguery spews forth from that evil mouth of yours. However, I love the sound of, “Ex-Senate President.” There’s Justice and Poetic Justice, your Recall falls into the Category Of Poetic Justice …

  4. Ro bert
    December 18, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Why is this moron still lingering around? You would think he would move on; but no, he wants to stay around stirring the pot. I say Good Riddence to him, Giron,Hudak, and hopefully Fields and Hickelooper. No amount of legislation is going to prevent the school shootings (past, present or future), that is just the way it is. The Guns & ammo were purchased legally, the individual had no crimanal record, so the culture has to change. You are not going to get rid of school bullies either, they are a part of the schools as well, male or female. All of these “I am good politician, because I made a new law, that might get me re-elected” are not going to work, voters se through the BS. The other cliche, “Its for the kids” sucks too, I am not going to subjugate my rights, for anyone.

    • Pokey
      December 19, 2013 at 10:46 am

      The only reason he can still stir the pot is because Democrat politicians made permanent members of the ruling class by the news media, who continue to allow them a soapbox to push their agendas even if they lose elections repeatedly. For the media, the opinions of Democrats who have ever run for office retain their status as important voices simply because they belong to and pay monthly dues to the Party. Republicans get to express their opinions as long as they pay their monthly dues, as well. The big difference is that Republican opinions are never important to our Communist leaning media folks. As long as Democrats spout Communist platitudes and spew Communist propaganda whenever the Communists need it, their opinions and political fortunes will remain very important to the media. As usual, this is a “news media” problem that includes the pawns of the Democrat Party and its supporters, the “useful idiots”. Most news media types don’t even know they are working directly to promote Communist control of our nation. There is about 35% of the US population who identify as card carrying Democrats, but about 85% of members of the “news media” are card carrying Democrats, and it sure isn’t because they are smarter people than the rest of us. The odds of this being a random result is astronomical. I say, you do the math if you can. The phrase “news media” is placed in quotes because it is obviously only a figure of speech.

  5. Rick Jason
    December 19, 2013 at 11:37 am

    No self respecting African Dung Beetle would bother burying John Morse if he were laying beside all the other animal poop on the savannah.

    • Tim
      December 23, 2013 at 11:06 am

      Your arguments made some valid points right up until you used “communist.” Even the communist states are no longer Communist. Perhaps you meant to say “liberal” or “progressive.” Or even “nanny-state.” Democrats are not communists. Many are great capitalists, and now that they have made their dough want to use it for political and social purposes–but they are still capitalists. But you are right, the Democrats do seem to get most of the positive media exposure.

    • Tim
      December 23, 2013 at 11:07 am

      This explains why the police organizations all came out against him even though he is a former cop.

  6. Doug James
    December 22, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Mr. Morse,
    You are the political gift that keeps on giving. You have more foots in your mouth than teeth. Keep up the anti-citizen rhetoric to ensure that you NEVER are elected to any type of position in Colorado. Yes, that means even to be a dog catcher.

  7. Curtis
    December 28, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Ex Senator Morse. You are without question, the worst of the worst when you use the death of a person, to try to regain significance!

    Your grandparents, grandparents, should be ashamed.


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