CO governor to gun-control groups: Don’t come around here no more

posted at 8:41 am on October 14, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

It’s not because John Hickenlooper doesn’t support their cause, mind you, but that their presence has backfired in a big way in Colorado.  The governor tells USA Today’s Susan Page that it might be a good idea for Michael Bloomberg and his allies to stay out of Colorado:

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper suggests national gun-control groups stay away from a looming recall battle that could switch control of the state Senate to the GOP. The groups poured money into an unsuccessful defense of two state lawmakers recalled over their gun votes earlier this year.

“Colorado is a state that people like to be themselves and solve their own problems,” the Democratic governor said in an interview with Capital Download, USA TODAY’s weekly video newsmaker series. “They don’t really like outside organizations meddling in their affairs, and maybe the NRA gets a pass on that.

“But (it is) probably not a bad idea” for gun-control groups, such as the one established by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, to curb their efforts if gun-rights activists collect enough signatures to force a recall vote on state Sen. Evie Hudak, a two-term Democrat from a suburban district north of Denver, he said.

Page asks Hickenlooper whether Hudak opponents will get enough signatures for a recall, and Hickenlooper predicts not — but notes that his prognostication track record hasn’t exactly built confidence:

“I’m going to guess it’s probably 50-50″ that they will be able to get the recall vote on the ballot. But, he noted, “I didn’t think they’d get enough signatures for the first two.”

Coloradans don’t take to people coming in from out of state to tell them how to live. That’s also apparently true of ObamaCare, which is the first topic of discussion in the video. The new health-care paradigm is still very unpopular among Colorado voters, and Hickenlooper notes that the state exchange has had “its share of challenges” in the first two weeks. Maybe Hickenlooper should have just stuck to marijuana legalization.

The “no thank you” from Hickenlooper to Bloomberg may be amusing, but it’s also probably too late. Hickenlooper and his allies overreached on gun control, believing that the Boulder and Denver elite represented the political temperature of the rest of the state. Two key Democratic state legislators discovered belatedly that they had miscalculated, especially in the heavy-handed manner in which they had imposed their new gun-control regulations. Now Hickenlooper wants to talk about the beneficence of simple universal registration, but Democrats went way beyond that in Colorado and Washington and exposed their real end goals — banning weapons and curtailing access to firearms for law-abiding citizens. This backpedaling isn’t likely to convince Coloradans to lighten up on their pursuit for political accountability.


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Profiles in courage!

WryTrvllr on October 14, 2013 at 8:44 AM

“They don’t really like outside organizations meddling in their affairs, and maybe the NRA gets a pass on that.

Or maybe they don’t see the NRA as an outside organization, but one many of them belong to.

Fenris on October 14, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Can HE be recalled?

jus sayin.

PappyD61 on October 14, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Yeah, keep them out so no one will see what we’re really trying to do. Hillfullapooper is uncomfortable being pulled out into the light.

HomeoftheBrave on October 14, 2013 at 8:54 AM

When you turn on the light, the cockroaches scurry for cover.

kjatexas on October 14, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Even my crazed, inbred coward of a governor wasn’t stupid enough to accept this for of legislation in the first place.

Bishop on October 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Thanks, Ed. Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More”, complete with the annoying HEY!, is going to be my earworm all day.

Heh.

Grace_is_sufficient on October 14, 2013 at 9:03 AM


Profiles in courage!

Profile of a mealy mouthed leftist.

Senators Giron and Morse recalled because they refused to listen to their constituents. Bloomberg pumped millions into Colorado and tried to portray the NRA’s involvement as interferance by outside interests. The NRA has hundreds of thousands of members in colorado, what interest does bloomberg have in Colorado except to push his communist ideals. It also says volumes when 26 of 27 county Sheriffs go on record and campaign to oppose Hicks stupid gun bills which even Hick says would have done nothing to stop the Aurora theater shooter. Hick needs to burnish his leftist cred so he can step up the leftist ladder.

Kuffar on October 14, 2013 at 9:03 AM

What the hell is Hick doing in DC? His job is in Colorado.

He must be trolling for a new job after he gets thrown out next year.

Kuffar on October 14, 2013 at 9:06 AM

They don’t really like outside organizations meddling in their affairs, and maybe the NRA gets a pass on that.

So Governor, is the ACLU an outside group too? Because all the NRA is doing is defending the Second Amendment from vermin like you and your fellow Demonrats. Gun ownership is a civil right too you stupid schmuk. And you’re not nearly so haughty now that those recalls went against you, are you?

Happy Nomad on October 14, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Oh, my! Susan Page is FAT!

crash72 on October 14, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Governor Chickenlooper’s carefully groomed “goofball” façade rings pretty hollow these days and his national prospects are dimming faster than the overhead lights in a brothel. Having found no courage to stand up to the radical, spaced-out Democrats running the Colorado legislature, he’s now going into his “aw shucks” mode trying to convince us that outsiders are to blame. You had your chance, bub. We are a western state with tolerant but independent values and the right to self defense has been around here a long, long time. This ain’t New York City and we all know that the first responder to criminals isn’t the police, it’s the average joe who is about to be hosed.

And by the way, Hick: the recalls down south were more about HOW your buddies govern than “guns.” Morse and Giron, et al showed their arrogance and contempt for any one who disagreed with them on a national stage: turning away hundreds of Coloradans who drove to Denver to voice their opinion at rigged hearings is NOT the way to win friends and influence people. Just sayin’.

Oh yeah! And Hick: how about that Denver Post editorial endorsing the Republican-endorsed Douglas County School Board candidates? Maybe you can ask the teachers unions to quit pumping their (to date) two million dollars from out state sources into stopping school reforms? Or would that foul up your billion dollar tax increase to bail out teachers’ pensions and continue subsidizing failing Denver and Aurora schools?

Mr Mxyzptlk on October 14, 2013 at 9:19 AM

Hickey (who reminds me of Christopher Walken’s character in Last Man Standing for some reason) isn’t giving up, he just doesn’t want Bloomberg & Co. to turn a fight he figures he’ll lose into a full-on rout of him and his clique’. He’ll sacrifice Hudak in the hope of holding on to his job, and using that to keep the gun ban laws they’ve already passed, veto any repeal attempts, and hope a gerrymandered election can give his crew control of the legislature in ’14.

After which, they’ll probably pass a law calling for the execution of anyone caught with a BB gun. Except for actual criminals, of course; they don’t want to hurt their own shock troops.

As for why he’s in DC, where else do you think he’d go to ask his bosses “What do I do next?”

Hickey hasn’t fallen from the “True Faith” of banning guns. He’s just behaving tactically due to being in what he knows is a weakened position.

If his party gets control again, that old progressive triumphalism will resurface, and he’ll go into full-on Howard Metzenbaum* mode.

Count on it.

(*The late OH Senator, and present OH Senator Sherrod Brown’s mentor, hated guns and their owners about the way a certain Austrian watercolor artist hated Jews.)

clear ether

eon

eon on October 14, 2013 at 9:21 AM

Can HE be recalled?

jus sayin.

PappyD61 on October 14, 2013 at 8:53 AM

He’s up for re-election in just over 12 months. Getting the gun issue off the front page by then is the real reason why the ‘Loopster made this comment (if he actually had a change of heart about his beliefs, he wouldn’t be appearing at Tina Brown’s “Hero Summit” in Washington in the first place).

jon1979 on October 14, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Don’t these pro-gun recall groups know all the polls are against them? 80% of the people want a lot more gun control, so this isn’t the hill to fight on. If gun control isn’t passed, only republicans will be blamed. There’s just no way we can win. Time to let this one go, and live to fight another day. We’ll really fight when the next battle rolls around.

/sarc

xblade on October 14, 2013 at 9:27 AM

And another thing Hick: look out for the Constitutional initiative next year that would repeal the “gun laws” you guys jammed down our throats and would force the legislature to go to the people for a vote on any new legislation related to the 2nd Amendment. Children shouldn’t play with matches! If you can’t handle the responsibility, we’ll take it back.

Mr Mxyzptlk on October 14, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Chickenpooper asking Nanny Bloomberg to MYOB is like asking Obuggerme to get his hand out of your pocket.

M240H on October 14, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Now Hickenlooper wants to talk about the beneficence of simple universal registration

We all know how a ‘universal registration‘ can end badly. Not in my lifetime. POUND SAND LIBTARDS!

Patriot Vet on October 14, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Hick might craft a fine burger or pork chop, but he underestimates the number of gun owners here in CO.

Most gun ranges are packed during the week and at capacity on weekends. The shooters range from housewives to doctors. And these ranges are mainly in the better industrial areas and in cities bordering Denver.

Hudak is a complete moron who will likely cry on CNN saying she was ousted by radicals. But the reality is that she’s just rejected because some dolt in the White House sold her on the utopian dream.

patman77 on October 14, 2013 at 9:43 AM

That song is going to around in my head today. Last couple days it was Hotel California after ed’s thursday post.

ted c on October 14, 2013 at 9:45 AM

What a pantywaist.

Midas on October 14, 2013 at 10:03 AM

How can this be????We are told everyday by the elite media even Fox that 70% or more of the people in this country want massive gun control.We are also told that the only people that want to have guns are the inbred crackers in the south and we all know that all of these yahoos have 50 cal full auto guns under their beds and in the gun racks in their trucks. Hell has no furry like that of a mad AR 15 owner.

logman1 on October 14, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Again, Good job CO!

TX-96 on October 14, 2013 at 10:20 AM

…be my earworm all day.

Heh.

Grace_is_sufficient on October 14, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Thank you. I never had a one-word description for when some unwanted musical ditty gets stuck in my head, and now I do. And since my daughter is into theatre arts, and strolls about the house singing show tunes all day, believe me, I need it.

Humming ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ from Les Miserable is a sure-fire way to get one’s man-card revoked on the spot.

CaptFlood on October 14, 2013 at 10:22 AM

Never, ever, trust a Democrat.

Yasherka on October 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM

Don’t these pro-gun recall groups know all the polls are against them? 80% of the people want a lot more gun control, so this isn’t the hill to fight on. If gun control isn’t passed, only republicans will be blamed. There’s just no way we can win. Time to let this one go, and live to fight another day. We’ll really fight when the next battle rolls around.

/sarc

xblade on October 14, 2013 at 9:27 AM

That’s pretty much exactly what was said during both the recall and the fight against Obama’s stealth gun registration effort nationally. After that got beaten back, the people who said all that baloney suddenly got very quiet after a few initial predictions that victory would “cost us in the election.”

Doomberg on October 14, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Remember, this is the dumba** that signed the bills that got the other two recalled. Feelin a little heat now days.

chewydog on October 14, 2013 at 10:57 AM

Thanks, Ed. Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More”, complete with the annoying HEY!, is going to be my earworm all day.

Heh.

Grace_is_sufficient on October 14, 2013 at 9:03 AM

The Tsar (me, of course) could shutdown this entire website with the following communal earworm infestation if I chose to:

Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney – Say Say Say

(But I am a benevolent Tsar, so far, so I won’t mention that Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney – Say Say Say song.)

Tsar of Earth on October 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM

P.S. Auto play sucks.

chewydog on October 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM

We’ll really fight when the next battle rolls around.

/sarc

xblade on October 14, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Nice touch at the end, there.

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 14, 2013 at 11:15 AM

You notice how he continually refers to residents of Colorado as “they” instead of “we”. As an outsider listening to him, he doesn’t seem to consider himself to be one of them. It’s almost as if he is apologetic for them darn hicks that he has the miserable job of representing.

The interviewer on the other hand barely can contain herself in her distain for people being able to defend themselves.

Back to him: His take away is that he will continue toward the Dems goal of pacification of the indigenous population – but it will be very slow going.

kurtzz3 on October 14, 2013 at 11:26 AM

P.S. Auto play sucks.

chewydog on October 14, 2013 at 10:59 AM

really, REALLY suck. Especially with one that doesn’t give you a volume control.

kurtzz3 on October 14, 2013 at 11:29 AM

Translation — the gun control groups need to find a way to ship the money they have been giving to Hick so no one sees what is going on rather than showing up at the front door of the governor’s mansion.

bartbeast on October 14, 2013 at 11:35 AM

“Colorado is a state that people like to be themselves and solve their own problems…”

Oh yeh, Hickyloop, well, why did you get involved with the radical freaks in the first place, why were you going against the will of the people you radical piece of excrement?

RoyalFlush on October 14, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I want to see the northern counties create another state. That means 2 republican senators and at least 1 republican representative to send to Washington. Then they would also have a republican governor and legislature. Be a thriving place.

Mirimichi on October 14, 2013 at 12:10 PM

“They don’t really like outside organizations meddling in their affairs, and maybe the NRA gets a pass on that.

Or maybe they don’t see the NRA as an outside organization, but one many of them belong to.

Fenris on October 14, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Of course; besides, Bloomblob is a damn yankee.

slickwillie2001 on October 14, 2013 at 12:31 PM

But, but, I just read some lib yesterday who said that support for gun control legislation was “overwhelming”.

Can’t seem to remember which lib wrote that, but they all sound the same anyway.

The only bad news in this Colorado story is that while two of the culprits are gone, the law is still in effect. The good news is that most sherrifs in Colorado have stated they will not enforce it since it’s hard to establish just when a person acquired their scary large-capacity magazine.

Meremortal on October 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM

They still aren’t scared enough. the laws have not been repealed. that says it all.

unseen on October 14, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Mr Mxyzptlk is spot-on: guns are the “easy target” of a reason for the recalls. When mere state legislators achieve a level of arrogance like these did, refusing to allow testimony in hearings when the time-honored tradition is to hear all points of view, it’s time for them to go. NOW.

n0doz on October 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM

seems its another demorat who is afraid of unemployment due to his gungrabbing out of state buddies.

sniffles1999 on October 14, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Solving their own problems….
and that is what this third recall will do by returning the State Senate into the hands of adults.

Another Drew on October 14, 2013 at 1:29 PM

Two questions for the gov:

How many of the people denied guns under the new law would have been denied guns under the old law?

Since the only benefits he mentioned had to do with expanded background checks, would he support a law to repeal all other provisions of the new law since they are so contenious?

Laurence on October 14, 2013 at 1:32 PM

It’s awesome….AWESOME…. To see the electoral process work when it does.

KMC1 on October 14, 2013 at 1:37 PM

Now Hickenlooper wants to talk about the beneficence of simple universal registration, but Democrats went way beyond that in Colorado and Washington and exposed their real end goals — banning weapons and curtailing access to firearms for law-abiding citizens. This backpedaling isn’t likely to convince Coloradans to lighten up on their pursuit for political accountability.

If Colorado voters outside of inner Denver and the faculty/admin lounges in Boulder are as smart and self-protective as I believe them to be (and as many in the country hope and need them to be), its time to stomp the gas pedal of citizen-reform, not lighten up.

Sacramento on October 14, 2013 at 1:38 PM

So when do the laws that got these idiots kicked out get repealed?

TouchingTophet on October 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM