Hardly an overwhelming defeat
OK, let's put this in perspective. Yes, the recall effort against Sen. John Morse was successful by a pretty thin margin, with an assist from The Gazette editorial staff in the days leading up to the election.
By my count, nearly half of those who voted supported the senator - so it was hardly an overwhelming defeat.
Isn't it interesting how there was a loud outcry against Michael Bloomberg's donation to the Morse effort yet no aversion to the outside money from the NRA or, for that matter, from any of the other outside conservative groups (e.g. the Koch brothers) in the last election cycle since the Citizens United decision?
The fact remains that the majority of mainstream Colorado supports common sense, reasonable protections such as universal background checks and keeping battlefield type weaponry off our streets.
These reasonable measures in no way compromise Second Amendment rights, and no one is suggesting, let alone legislating, that you can't have your guns.
It is unfortunate that we will likely have to endure the tragedy of another Sandy Hook, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech or Columbine type massacre before a majority of citizens will finally demand that lawmakers pass reasonable legislation. However, in time, enough most certainly will.
Thank you, John Morse, for voting your conscience and acting in the best interest of Coloradans, despite the consequences to your political career - that is true leadership.
Dave Seyfert, Colorado Springs
Let's rename our town Tombstone
Now that we've demonstrated our support for easy access to unlimited personal firepower, proving we are neither East Coast puppets nor socialist sheep, I propose we take the next step and rename our town Tombstone.
This may help attract more television shows to our state and help balance the loss of young professionals with brains, ideas and kids, who have been given yet another reason not to move here. Of course, they knew that already.
Murray Ross, Colorado Springs
Focused on the wrong issues
I wish state Sen. John Morse had focused on forest fire mitigation and flood control for Manitou Springs.
Instead, we received gay marriage, marijuana and gun control.
Tom Curry, Colorado Springs
There were other deep concerns
They did it!
Kudos to those who fought and won the grass-roots battle to restore sanity in southern Colorado.
The gun grabbers tried to make firearms the only issue; there were other deep concerns the residents of Senate District 11 felt were important enough to recall John Morse.
The negative ads against Bernie Herpin from the feminist left were nonsense. I don't live in that district, but the recall results were a victory for all freedom-loving Coloradans.
As for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he can take his bucks, liberal backside and perhaps even Morse far away to New York. Forget about Texas . don't mess with Colorado!
Marcia A. Fields, Colorado Springs