Gun issue's impact surprises Democrats

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: May 23, 2013
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No state senator has ever been recalled in Colorado. But polling commissioned by I Am Created Equal, a free-market women's group, found 34 percent of district voters supported Morse's recall while 29 percent were opposed; the rest were undecided. However, when respondents were told Morse sponsored a bill to make manufacturers and owners liable for crimes committed with their guns, 56 percent favored his recall. Both sides are raising funds in anticipation of a tough election race. Overall, up to four Colorado Democrats may face recall efforts after supporting gun control legislation.

In short, the gun control debate is playing out much as it did in the 1990s. The issue has motivated Second Amendment supporters and forced Democrats to play defense — all because liberals insisted on advancing bills that most experts agree would have done nothing to prevent horrors like the Newtown killings.

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