Yay, Colorado!

Regardless of which side of the political fence you sit on, the idea that voters should be able to make substantive changes to their leadership when their leadership fails to represent them adequately is a good thing.

Colorado voters recalled two state Senators.  In this situation, it is attributed to the Senators’ efforts towards gun control.  The recall effort succeeded despite out-of-state interests attempting to help keep the Senators in place.  The last time I heard about this sort of success was nearly three years ago.  Either voters are pretty placid (likely) or the media doesn’t like reminding voters that they really can make a difference (also likely).  
It is exactly these sorts of voter actions that help keep our leaders honest and accountable.  

4 Responses to “Yay, Colorado!”

  1. Lothars Sohn Says:

    From my European perspective, this seems to be mostly perpendicular to Christianity.

    I for weapon prohibition because a small part of the population is always going to be psychotic or psychopatic so that gruesome deaths are inevitable.

    Lovely greetings from Europe.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son


  2. Paul Nelson Says:

    Hello again!

    The issue of gun control is not strictly (or even loosely, perhaps) a matter related to Christianity.  I blog about a variety of different topics and issues, not all of which are directly related to the Christian life.  

    This topic is better categorized as an issue of  citizenship, and more specifically, American citizenship.  Christianity has things to say about being a good citizen, but not specifically about gun control.  So I think you are reading the relationship properly.

    I agree that there will always be a small portion of the population that suffers from any number of issues that might lead them to violent actions.  My impression is that this has always been the case, yet it is only in very recent memory that these incidences have become so regular.  This leads me to suspect that the issue is deeper than just access to guns – guns have been far more accessible to far more people for the greater portion of US history.  Yet as we have attempted in the last 30 years to make access to them more difficult for certain categories of people, violent crimes and atrocities have only increased.  Curious indeed!

    I also write from the understanding that the US Constitution’s protection of individual firearms is directly related to a well-based fear of strong central government imposing its will on a defenseless population.  As such, America’s relationship to private firearms is substantially different than most, if not all, of our European counterparts.  It must indeed look odd from your perspective – and there are certainly those here in the US who would agree with you wholeheartedly!

  3. Lothars Sohn Says:

    Thanks for the clarification!
    I understand that the gun laws were useful at the beginning of American history to prevent abuse of powers, but nowadays this is no longer the case.

    Lovely greetings from continental Europe.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son


  4. Paul Nelson Says:

    There certainly seem to be plenty of examples of countries where an unarmed population is subjected to the terror of an armed government!

    Your assertion is representative of some people’s thoughts in the United States as well.  However, regardless of where one resides, I have never been able to determine what the rationale are for their conclusion.  What premises would you offer to demonstrate that things have changed to such a degree that the concerns of 200+ years ago are no longer valid concerns today?

    Many thanks!

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