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Real lesson

Posted: September 17, 2013 12:03 p.m.
Updated: September 18, 2013 5:00 a.m.

In your opinion piece “Gun Rights” of 9-13-13, you correctly attribute the recall of two Colorado Democrat state senators to their “yes” votes on restrictive gun legislation. However, that is only the simple half of the story. Other news accounts fill in the rest of the blanks by pointing out that the recall was initiated primarily because the folks these two senators represented were not even permitted to speak during hearings held by the senators prior to the vote on the new, restrictive laws. Among those not allowed to speak was a large contingent of sheriffs from those districts. Now, Colorado is not a conservative state. Its nine electoral votes went to Mr. Obama in 2012. Recreational pot is now legal in Colorado. Democrat registration in those two districts is higher than Republican registration. Therefore, the primary lesson is not, as you state, that Republicans will tie Democrats to gun issues in future elections (oh, the horror!), but that politicians need to begin to listen more to their constituents than to their party bosses.


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