A Colorado recall election has been called against the state’s Democratic Colorado Senate President, John Morse.
This effort could result in an unprecedented situation if Morse is successfully removed from office. More than that though, the recall election could become ground zero for an ongoing debate across the nation regarding gun control.
The push to recall the Colorado Democrat comes from ire following new restrictions passed and recently enacted in the Southwestern state. According to LA Times, this includes a high-capacity magazine ban, universal background checks within the state, and an increase in gun fees.
Critics seeking to depose State Senator John Morse believe the new registration violates their constitutional rights. They argue that Morse and other gun control supporters in Colorado have acted against their democratic wishes.
Whether this is true or not will be proven when the Colorado recall election is most likely held in late August.
The Denver Post reports that Colorado Republicans will most likely choose former Colorado Springs City Councilman Bernie Herpin to run against Morse for the El Paso county seat.
John Morse, who may lose his position as Colorado State Senate President next month, says he does not regret what he did regardless of what happens. For him, the horrific Newtown massacre and the Aurora theater shootings, in his own state, forced him to consider his responsibility as a leader.
He asks whether it is responsible for someone in his position, after these incidents to say “‘I’m really sorry that happened. I’m not going to do anything about it.’ I mean, if you’re not going to lead in those kinds of moments, why are you in this role?”
The Colorado state senator believes that the recall could have profound repercussions across the nation, having “a chilling effect.”
Morse says that, if the unprecedented Colorado recall election succeeds in replacing him, it sends the message that “if you can take out the Senate president … you can take out any legislator anywhere in the country.”
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