Here’s one journalist (the only one, from available evidence) who won’t be offered a job in the Obama administration!
Angela Giron, a Colorado state senator who was recalled Tuesday, blames her loss on voter suppression. A CNN anchor points out how that doesn’t quite add up.
ANGELA GIRON, LOST COLORADO RECALL ELECTION: Well, yes. And I think that was really a misquote and that we know what really happened here. I mean, yes, we had a strong NRA and you have a person like Mr. Head. But really, what this story really is about, it’s about voter suppression. When Colorado has voted by mail, 70 percent of Coloradans vote by mail, and we didn’t have access to that mail ballot —
BALDWIN: OK, forgive me, but I’m going to cut you off right there because if we talk voter suppression, I’ve read reports of lack of popularity on your behalf. Let’s not go there, let’s get to the meat of the story, which is this gun control —
GIRON: That is the meat of the story.
BALDWIN: Let’s talk, though, about the stance that you and your colleague, the head of the Senate, a former police officer, have taken. And here you have mega, mega cash from Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Mayor Bloomberg versus this grassroots effort. What happened?
GIRON: I’m telling you what happened is that you had only 30,000 of the voters who in the last election, off-year election, was 45,000.
There was voter confusion. We didn’t even know what the rules of the game were. This is the United States of America. We didn’t know what the rules of the game were a week out from the election, where to vote, how to vote, where are you going to get a ballot in the mail.
BALDWIN: I understand that’s one side of this. The other side is the Republican who you lost to. Let’s hear from him and some of his supporters.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
GEORGE RIVERA, WON COLORADO RECALL VOTE: Politicians can and should be held accountable when they vote to infringe on our rights as citizens.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: The people will not go against the constitution or our second amendment rights.
VICTOR HEAD, ORGANIZED RECALL CAMPAIGN: I still want to give my girlfriend my shotgun that sits in my closet. That’s been it from the start.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
BALDWIN: So the last guy there, that’s Victor Head, the political novice who organized the recall against you. I know you want to talk about, and I hear you on voter suppression, but do you believe, Ms. Giron, that gun control supporters in other states could fall prey to these grassroots urgencies like the one this guy, Victor Head, mounted in your state?
GIRON: It’s about having the voices of the people being represented heard. So this would be a different story, and I will tell you, it would be a very different story, the results would have been different, if people would have been able to vote like they have voted for the last 25 years.
BALDWIN: Let me jump in. Two sides of the conversation here, and in retrospect, do you think your association with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his money, his out of state money, might have tainted you among your constituents, among those who voted against you?
Polls show the state of Colorado as a whole might have supported stricter gun laws, but that the voters of these districts did not. The PPP agency even self-censored a poll predicting the outcome to the number, out of doubt over the results.
What the (former) public servant neglects to explain is how any purported “voter suppression” afflicted one side only. How did the nanny-staters screw things up so badly? She can’t be so cruel as to suggest that gun control advocates are stupider than those who support the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, can she?
They can certainly be more manipulative:
The governor, the mayor of Boston, and representatives of the National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners’ Action League testified on gun control legislation in a packed and often tense Beacon Hill hearing room Friday. But when the parents of two first-graders killed in the Newtown, Conn., school shootings stepped to the witness table, a heavy hush fell.
Mark Barden said that the pain of losing “our sweet little Daniel” had only intensified since December.
“This summer has been long and hard,” he said. “The children were home from school, and Daniel’s absence was profound.”
Nicole Hockley recalled the agony of seeing her son Dylan in a casket, of having his sundered clothes returned to her, of listening to the silence of her older son playing alone, without his little brother.
“I was not prepared for this pain in my life,” she said, “and it is my most sincere wish that no other parent ever has to experience this heartache.”
I will cite Maureen Dowd, no matter how profoundly I disagree with her: these parents speak with the “absolute moral authority” of parents who have lost their children. But Dowd’s paragon was Cindy Sheehan, and how did that turn out?
I don’t want to be cruel, but my initial question after the Newtown massacre still stands: what if there was one weapon more at Sandy Hook Elementary School that day, and not two or three fewer?
Other questions crowd in. Why do communitities with strict gun laws have higher levels of gun violence that communities with freer gun ownership? Short of banning all guns (which would be ineffective—see above), what laws would have prevented Adam Lanza from committing the atrocity? Where are the hearings on the dangers of the mentally ill in society, where are the editorials demanding the strict enforcement of laws already on the books?
But to those poor parents coping (or not) with a loss I cannot imagine, wouldn’t they rather have had their children protected by people armed and trained rather than have left them to the mad impulses of the Adam Lanzas of the world?
Who would support someone who would do such a thing?