With a H/T to Kurtis Lee of the Denver Post, supporters of Senate President John Morse are circulating a new video, reportedly shot this week, of a paid circulator for the recall petition against Morse attempting to convince someone to sign it.
Pretty much entirely by making stuff up.
Circulator: Hey man, are you a registered voter
Voter: I am
Circulator: Sign a petition for our right to bear arms?
Voter: What is it?
Circulator: Are you familiar with Senator Morse? Do you live here in District 11 or these area codes?
Voter: Yeah, I go to school at Colorado College.
Circulator: Ok do you live in one of these zip codes?
Circulator: Ok are you familiar with Senator Morse?
Voter: Um, no I’m not.
Circulator: He has proposed to gun legislation that shifts liability to firearms manufactures and us as gun owners from violent criminals where it belongs. This will affect our Make our Day Law, to make us accountable if we use our gun inside our home to protect it. Also makes it so if a criminal uses a weapon, they can go back on the manufacturer or where it was stolen. This is not what we, you know, elected him to do in office.
Voter: Wait what does this affect?
Circulator: It affects us.
Voter: Oh how?
Circulator: It’s going to take away our rights to protect our homes. We will be able to held accountable by criminals and their families if we use a gun on them.
Voter: Oh, is it because, what? I’m sorry.
Circulator: Go ahead and read that sir… He is proposing gun legislation that’s gonna take some of our gun rights away. He’s already sized down our clips and our amount of ammo, which is understandable because nobody really needs a 30 round clip to protect themselves unless they are be attacked by a gang of zombies. [Pols emphasis]
Voter: Didn’t, I thought I saw something, correct me if I’m wrong, um isn’t this the legislation that shifted liability to firearm manufactures, but wasn’t this withdrawn?
Circulator: This has been withdrawn, but he is drawing up new legislation right now as we speak. [Pols emphasis] We are trying to get him out of office before he does any real damage to us gun owners.
Voter: Oh, so he is drawing up new legislation?
Circulator: Yes sir. We have two more years with him in office and we can’t afford for any of his legislation to pass. It’s going to do, damage that we can’t repair.
Voter: Hmm, well let me do some research on it and I’ll let you know.
Folks, Sen. Morse's Assault Weapons Responsibility Act is being seriously misrepresented here. The paid circulator above presented this bill as a threat to Colorado's Make My Day law, when in fact the bill specifically excepted home defense. Also, Lee reports that despite this circulator's claim, there's no plan to reintroduce the AWRA next session–and after what legislators went through this session, we believe it.
Also fascinating is this circulator's off-message defense of House Bill 1224, the magazine limit, saying that bill is "understandable" since "nobody really needs a 30-round clip to protect themselves!" Given that to most recall backers, the magazine limit is the primary affront to their liberty motivating their outrage, it's very odd to see them defend it while gathering recall signatures–in addition to highly deceptive.
Makes you wonder how that message has been received, doesn't it?
At this point, most people we've talked to feel certain that, by hook or by crook, the paid signature campaign against Morse will deliver enough signatures to place his recall on this November's ballot. No legislative recall attempt in Colorado has ever succeeded, but the role of Kennedy Enterprises and their for-hire crew of signature gatherers ends with it making the ballot. In the hidden-camera video of Kennedy Enterprises's training session, it was made crystal-clear that the only goal for them is to get the recall on the ballot–"they can vote to keep him, they can vote to throw him out, I don't care."
Apparently, it doesn't matter what they said to get those signatures, either.