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John Morse, Angela Giron recalled: Celebrating conservatives, lamenting progressives

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Statement from Rocky Mountain Gun Owners: Rocky Mountain Gun Owners (RMGO) touts the successful recall of State Senators John Morse and Angela Giron as a monumental win for Colorado gun owners and constitutionalists nationwide.

In direct defiance of the wishes of their constituents, Morse and Giron passed radical, anti-gun bills in the Colorado Legislature this year. As a result, the grassroots efforts of Coloradans resulted in the firstever recall in the State's history.

"Senators Giron and Morse made a grave error in underestimating the power of their constituents," said Dudley Brown, Executive Director of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners. "The Democrat Party is reeling. They're sitting in their castle, trying to ignore the peasants with pitchforks and torches outside."

Brown continues, "These victories are just a down payment on the 2014 elections."

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is Colorado's largest state-based gun lobby, solely dedicated to the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Statement from ProgressNow Colorado: With the recall special elections called in Pueblo and Colorado Springs, ProgressNow Colorado, the state's largest online progressive advocacy organization, thanked Senate President John Morse and Senator Angela Giron for their courage and perseverance this year.

"Due to unnecessary litigation that delayed the election process, there were no mail-in ballots at all," said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. "Information on how and where to vote was not available until very close to the election. This vote is unfortunately only representative of a small portion of these districts, after voters battled confusion over mail ballots, limited hours and days, and limited locations to vote."

"Senate President John Morse and Senator Angela Giron are leaders and model public servants who were part of an historically productive session of the Colorado Senate this year," said Runyon-Harms. "At the very most, this was a hollow victory for a handful of extremists who poured money and lies into these two low turnout races. It's clear the goal was to 'make an example' of these legislators no matter the cost. The taxpayers of El Paso County and Pueblo are losers too, after being forced to foot the bill for an unnecessary recall of legislators who would be out of office or up for re-election next year anyway."

"Senate President Morse and Senator Giron had the courage to stand up for what is right, even though they suspected the right wing would retaliate," said Runyon-Harms. "The disappointing results tonight don't change anything. Despite all the challenges, half the recall attempts in Colorado failed. The common sense laws passed this year to reduce gun violence are good laws. These laws are on the books, and no amount of bullying can change that. Colorado still has a progressive majority legislature that will defend the historic progress our state has made."

Continue for more reactions to the recalls of Senator John Morse and Representative Angela Giron over their support of gun-control legislation.
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