Gun issue's impact surprises Democrats

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: May 23, 2013
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After the Newtown massacre, President Barack Obama and many liberal politicians thought they were poised to enact dramatic gun control laws. Things haven't played out as they expected.

Gun control measures were first weakened and then defeated in the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate, an embarrassing public relations debacle for the Obama administration. Liberals took some satisfaction in seeing gun control measures pass at the state level. In swing-state Colorado, lawmakers voted to restrict ammunition-magazine capacity, require background checks for all firearms sales and require gun buyers to pay for those background checks. Liberals warned that Colorado's embrace of gun control proved opponents were outside the mainstream and risked public blowback.

Now it turns out that Democrats who supported gun control in Colorado are the ones experiencing blowback, not the measures' opponents. Colorado Senate President John Morse faces the prospect of a recall election. A group called the Basic Freedom Defense Fund is seeking 7,178 signatures on a petition before a June 3 deadline to force a recall election.

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