Politicians fired over support for tighter gun laws
VOTERS in Colorado have ejected two lawmakers from office, including the president of the state senate, as punishment for supporting gun-control laws passed in the wake of mass shootings last year, including the killing of 12 people in a cinema near Denver.
The removal of the two Democrats in a recall election was hailed as a victory for the gun lobby, not just in Colorado but across America.
A recall election allows voters to remove office-holders before their term is up.
The vote will doubtless serve as a warning to incumbents across the US that following President Barack Obama down the path to new gun controls will open them up to peril.
It will also be seen as a repudiation of deep-pocketed advocates of tighter gun laws who tried to blunt the recall effort.
Of the roughly $3.5m (€2.6m) that flowed in as campaign contributions, the vast majority – about $3m (€2.3m) – came from gun-control lobby.
On the other side, the recall effort was supported by the National Rifle Association, but seems to have been driven by grassroots fervour.
Most notably, the result will disappoint New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, who wrote a personal cheque of $350,000 (€263,000).
Ousted on Tuesday were senate president John Morse and senator Angela Giron, who supported laws to restrict bullet magazine size and tighten background checks for private guns sales.