OUR VIEW: We agree.
The honest reaction of one Democratic Representative to the outlandish anti-gun bill proposed by Senate President John Morse will, we predict, set the tone for the debate on gun control legislation this session.
Bill Clinton warned the gun grabbers in his party not to get carried away. Clinton has a new spokesperson in Colorado — Fort Garland Representative Ed Vigil.
From the Post‘s fearless correspondent Lynn-n-n-n-n-n Bartels:
The game wasn’t the only thing Republicans were betting on Super Bowl Sunday.
They knew Colorado Democrats were going to unveil their gun package that week at the Capitol, and speculation mounted on what would be in it.
They. Were. Shocked.
Senate President John Morse, a Colorado Springs Democrat, announced he was working on a bill that would hold manufacturers and sellers of assault-style weapons legally liable for damage inflicted with such firearms.
Even some Democrats shook their heads.
“That’s crazy. That’s absolutely nuts,” said Rep. Ed Vigil, D-Fort Garland.
Vigil is a brave soul, for starters. Morse is a notorious hot head and we don’t predict he appreciated this kind of treatment from a backbencher like Vigil. Look for Vigil’s office to be smaller next year, or maybe next week.
But what Vigil has given Republicans is the ultimate bumper-sticker retort to Morse and Democrats anti-gun crusade.
These bills are “crazy…absolutely nuts.”
In Bartels piece, Eric Sonderman suggests that maybe Morse is simply negotiating. He could well be.
In doing this, however, Morse has also offered an opening ante that is so extreme that he runs the risk of branding the entire Democratic push for more gun control as extreme.
Republicans don’t have to turn to the N.R.A. or even the Constitution to show just how far out of bounds Morse has landed. All they need to do is quote the words of one Representative from a place called Fort Garland. Look for Vigil’s quote to be the albotross that hangs around the Democrats gun-grabbing necks.