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Gun Control Opposition Breathes Life Into Democratic Process

As Americans, we have to fight harder than ever to make our voices heard. We’ve drifted further from what America was intended to be, and our optimism has plummeted. The U.S. government is proving to be a convoluted, untrustworthy, unmanageable animal. Our Congressmen have agendas that don’t include the American people, and meanwhile the president continues trampling the constitution. But there’s still hope.

Recent events in Colorado have shown that the democratic process might not be as dead as we think it is. You see, Colorado gun owners are celebrating after voters recalled two politicians earlier this week. The fine folks of Colorado love their personal freedoms, especially those guaranteed by the Second Amendment, and Senate Majority Leader John Morse and Senator Angela Giron learned that the hard way.

“It’s Our Nature…”

Morse and Giron found themselves in their constituents’ crosshairs after showing support for gun control laws. The laws, which would limit magazine size and expand background checks, prompted a lawsuit by most of Colorado’s elected sheriffs…pushed almost ten counties to consider seceding…and drove gun manufacturer MagPul out of the state. MagPul said, “If we’re able to stay in Colorado and manufacture a product, but law-abiding citizens of the state were unable to purchase the product, customers around the state and the nation would boycott us for remaining here.”

Once a few people decided they’d had enough of the gun laws, they spoke up…and then they realized they weren’t alone. Anthony Garcia said, “We got together and did the ‘impossible.’ Anybody who’s watching this, they can too. All they have to do is get up and get involved. That’s it.”

Americans seem afraid to take on the politicians on Capitol Hill, but I guarantee if you do take them on, you won’t be fighting alone. A lot of Americans are fed up, and if we stood together, we could become a force to be reckoned with. Think about this: it only took six average “Joes” to prompt the recall in Colorado. Victor Head, of Pueblo Freedom and Rights, wasn’t willing to stand by silently: “There is only so much they can ram down your throat before you end up getting sick of it and spitting it back out.”

Deeper Pockets Won’t Always Save the Day

There’s another thing we can learn from the face-off in Colorado: money won’t always buffer the win. Many Americans are quick to abandon a cause or a candidate because there’s little financial backing, but sometimes it simply isn’t necessary. Liberal and progressive groups raised almost $3 million in support of Morse and Giron, while those supporting the recall raised only a fraction of that, at just over half a million. Yet, those with the deeper pockets still lost. Sometimes all it takes to send a message is sticking to your guns (no pun intended), even if you don’t think you can afford to.

Now, the Colorado recalls aren’t the end of the line for the fight over personal liberties. During his concession speech, Morse said, “We as the Democratic Party will continue to fight,” and he’s right. A loss like this will only serve as fuel to their fire, and conservatives better be ready. According to Kurt Bardella, a consultant for the recall campaigns, “What happened in Colorado, a purple state, could happen anywhere if the will of the people is ignored and politicians take their cues from New York City or Washington, D.C. At the end of the day, people will not tolerate an imposition of un-checked government over-reach on their lives.”

In pursuit of the truth,

Johnnie-Ann Campbell