Hickenlooper Swings Into Action For Morse, Giron

Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Gov. John Hickenlooper, taking a position and everything.

In a nationwide appeal sent moments ago via the Democratic National Committee, Gov. John Hickenlooper throws down hard against the upcoming recall elections of Senate President John Morse and Senator Angela Giron:

We have shown in Colorado that after great tragedy we can come together and make our schools, streets, and homes safer.

After Columbine, we closed a loophole that allowed dangerous people to purchase weapons at gun shows.

After the senseless shootings in Aurora last year, we studied the facts and talked to a wide range of people — including Second Amendment advocates — about how we could prevent gun violence. We passed legislation improving mental health services, modest restrictions on future sales of high capacity gun magazines, and universal background checks.

We were only able to pass the law because Democratic legislators had the courage to stand up to outside special interests — but now those groups are trying to make an example of two of them by forcing them into a recall election…

Opponents of these laws told us that expanding background checks wouldn't keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. The facts show otherwise. Last year alone, more than 5,000 people failed background checks because of arrests or convictions for serious crimes, including 38 people for homicide, 133 for sexual assault, 420 with restraining orders, 618 for burglary, and 1,380 for felony assault.

Expanding background checks to cover all gun sales prevents violent criminals from acquiring guns. That means safer communities while also respecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Coloradans.

These recall elections cost a small fortune and do nothing to improve democracy or representative government. They are intended to intimidate and punish a select number of Democratic legislators for daring to vote their conscience — for daring to do the right thing to make their communities safer.

25 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Moderatus says:

    Hick's putting his plummeting approval ratings to good use! What's the opposite of a rising tide lifting all boats? Oh yeah.

    • JeffcoBlue says:

      Did you have anything substantive to say, or is this the usual drive-by?

    • OrangeFree says:


      It was always a real marval that he was able to keep them so high. Now he gets to fight a little bit. But they're plummeting so much that he has a whole year and a half to try and win back a measly 5% of the electorate (and it's a portion he lost because of Dunlap, not guns) – and still beating all announced and unannounced potential opponents. 

      Plummeting. Plummeting all the way back to re-election. You can't beat somthing with nothing and nothing is what you got. 

    • nota33 says:

      It's obvious you are a right wing troll. Why do you come on here? Coloradopeakpolitics is the place that you right wing cretins like to troll.

  2. davebarnes says:

    Nice words, but how much money is being put into get out the vote?

  3. ajb says:

    And yet, he'll win re-election. Easily. And the gun control legislation is one reason why.

  4. BlueCat says:

    A quick scan of the internet (You don't need link, just google it for lots of sources) shows that Morse and Giron are raisng and spending a lot more money than their opponents. So if the money talks rule holds, maybe the recall won't succeed after all. And I don't want to hear  complaints from the usual troll suspects about outside money. Progressives don't make the rules but we have to play by them. Until the laws change, If we didn't play as hard as the law allows we'd be morons.

  5. Craig says:

    Ugh, I hate it when I have to agree with another thing Hick does.  This and the smoke-filled-rooms in the last month.  I just hate it when he does something right.  I'm still not voting for him, but keep this kind of behavior up and I might think about not voting at all.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      I don't care about the political implications Craig.  I just want him to do what's right for the citizens of Colorado and the fighting against the threat of a recall election every time a legislator votes against the wishes of a small group of extremists is the right thing to do.

  6. WildSweetnCool says:

    interesting: moderatus means warlord or controller in some lexicons.

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