ARVADA, Colo. - A Colorado state senator who voted in favor of new gun control measures in Colorado, and who also was accused of appearing insensitive for comments made to a rape victim last month, is now facing a recall drive.
"She has infringed upon our constitutional right to keep and bear arms," said recall petition organizer Kandee Evans.
Evie Hudak (D) voted to pass House Bills 1224 and 1229. HB 1224 controversially limited the number of rounds allowed in a magazine, while 1229 expanded background checks for gun buyers.
Evans said Hudak has also "rushed legislation on important issues...offended the sensibilities of men and women by openly insulting women and rape victims... voted for legislation that continues to raise taxes on the hard-working citizens of Colorado. Accordingly, we the citizens of Colorado must exercise our right to recall Senator Hudak from office."
The group needs 18,962 signatures by June 10 to force a recall election, Evans said.
Hudak told 7NEWS she knew about the petition.
"I am aware of the petition," said Hudak. "But it will not impact my continued advocacy for women, children, [and] school funding during this session."
Hudak got national attention in March for her comments during the debate over House Bill 1226 which would ban concealed weapons on Colorado college campuses. Hudak told a testifying rape victim that even if she had a gun, her attacker might have been able to get away from her.
"Statistics are not on your side," Hudak said. "Even if you had had a gun, you said that you were a martial arts student -- I mean person -- experienced in Tae Kwon Do, and yet because this individual was so large, (he) was able to overcome you, even with your skills. And chances are that if you had had a gun then, he would have been able to get that from you and possibly use it against you."
"Respectfully Senator, you weren't there," said victim Amanda Collins. "Had I been carrying concealed, he wouldn't have known that I had my weapon. I know without a doubt in my mind, at some point I would have been able to stop my attack by using my firearm."
Later Collins told 7NEWS, "I don't know if I felt more victimized or patronized. It was quiet. You could have heard a pin drop. I think people were flabbergasted."
Collins said Hudak did apologize afterwards.
"She apologized for upsetting me and said that she shouldn't have said that," said Collins.
Hudak also sent 7NEWS the following statement:
"I didn't mean to be insensitive towards Amanda Collins' experience. I respect the courage it took for the witnesses to share their heartbreaking stories. Amanda was reflecting on her experience and asked the committee if having a gun would have made her safer. I realize now it was a rhetorical question.
"Amid this emotional testimony, my goal was to share research data about the increased danger of having a gun in an assault. As a domestic violence victim advocate, I know that for every one woman that used a handgun to kill someone in self-defense, 83 were murdered by them. My timing was not the best for making the point. I'm glad I had the opportunity to offer Amanda a sincere apology in a private conversation."
Recall's Facebook page: http://tinyurl.com/cw35xj8