COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa spoke to an enthusiastic crowd Wednesday and continued to demand the recall of two local state senators because of their stance on gun control.
Maketa spoke to an audience of around 100 people outside the Pioneers Museum in downtown Colorado Springs. Joining him were the sheriffs of Cheyenne, Douglas, Gilpin and Teller counties.
Recall supporters accuse Sen. John Morse of Colorado Springs and Angela Giron of Pueblo with ignoring voters' opposition to Colorado's new gun control laws. Sheriffs, 55 of whom have sued the Legislature regarding those laws, say the laws punish law-abiding citizens more than criminals and have little effect on reducing crime.
"(The senators) were blatant and arrogant about not listening to us," said Maketa. "This recall is about the right to petition and challenge government when we feel it has gotten out of hand."
Maketa said that win or lose, the recall effort will send a message to candidates in 2014 and beyond -- that more recalls will happen if politicians don't hold themselves accountable for what they do.
Rob Harris, one of the people attending the rally, said he was upset with the senators and decided to get involved after his mother suggested it.
"Me and three other guys ended up submitting the (recall) petition," he said.
Laura Carno, a Republican activist, said the recall effort has erased all doubts about its determination.
"No one thought that we'd get enough signatures, get them certified and get on the ballot," she said. "Every step has been a success for us."
Morse and Giron said they gave been listening to voters and are talking individually with them daily. Morse has admitted that he ignored voters who were rude or hostile when discussing the gun control issue.