Not-So-Angry Voters

  • Aired:  11/11/13
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In the wake of a Colorado recall election, Jason Jones tries motivating unmotivated, reasonable people to vote. (4:49)

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

YOU KNOW, I BELIEVE IT WAS OLDTOM JEFFERSON WHO SAID THE WILL

OF THE PEOPLE IS THE ONLYLEGITIMATE FOUNDATION OF ANY

GOVERNMENT.

SO WHAT HAPPENS TO ELECTEDOFFICIALS WHO FLOUT THAT WILL?

WHAT HAPPENS THOSE WHODON'T?

JASON JONES FILES THIS REPORT.

>> AMERICAN POLITICIANS SERVE ATTHE PLEASURE OF THE PEOPLE, AND

JUST ONE WRONG MOVE CAN END YOURCAREER, WHETHER IT BE THIS OR

SOMETHING FAR WORSE.

-- VOTING YOUR CONSCIENCE.

>> I WAS SERVING AS THEPRESIDENT OF THE COLORADO STATE

SENATE.

WE PASSED COMMONSENSE GUN SAFETYLEGISLATION AND I WAS RECALLED

FOR THAT.

>> YOU LIVE IN COLORADO.

WHY WOULD DO YOU THAT?

>> BECAUSE IT WAS THE THE RIGHTTHING TO DO.

>> IN THE WAKE OF A TRAGEDYMORSE FORCED GUN SAFETY

REGULATION ON AN UNWILLINGPOPULOUS AND WAS BOOTED FROM

OFFICE IN A RECALL ELECTION.

POLITICAL STRATEGIST JIM SPENCERTHINKS PASSING THOSE LAWS WAS

( BLEEP ) STUPID.

HOW DANGEROUS IS IT TO VOTEAGAINST POPULAR OPINION?

>> IT'S USUALLY POLITICALSUICIDE.

>> YOU COULD SHOOT YOURSELF INTHE

FOOT TRYING TO PROTECT OTHERPEOPLE FROM GETTING SHOT ALL

OVER.

>> YOU CAN DO THE WRONG THING BYDOING THE RIGHT THING.

>> A NEEDLESS LOSS OF POLITICALLIFE.

IF ONLY MORRIS HAD LISTENED TOTHE PEOPLE.

>> DON'T TAKE AWAY MY GUNS.

AND NOBODY'S TAKING AWAYANYBODY'S GUNS--

>> SECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS.

I HAVE THEM.

DON'T TAKE THEM AWAY.

>> NOBODY WOULD TOUCH YOURSECOND AMENDMENT RIGHTS, BUT YOU

WOULD NEED A BACKGROUND CHECK TO MAKE SURE

YOU'RE NOT A CRIMINAL BEFORE YOUGET A GUN.

>> OF COURSE.

>> IF YOU WANT CONCEALED WEAPONSPERMIT YOU HAVE TO GET SOME OF

THAT TRAINING IN PERSON, NOTJUST ON THE INTERNET.

>> IT SAYS RIGHT HERE THEMAJORITY OF THE STATE APPROVED

OF EVERY SINGLE LAW MORRISHELPED PASS.

WAIT?

WHAT?

I HIT THE STREETS OF COLORADO TOFIND OUT WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED.

LET'S SAY THERE WAS A POLITICIANBEING RECALLED FOR ENACTING VERY

LEVEL-HEADED GUN SAFETYLEGISLATION.

>> SURE.

>> WOULD YOU VOTE TO SAVE HIM.

>> YEAH.

>> DID YOU VOTE TO SAVE HIM?

>> NO.

>> I THINK THE NEW GUN LAWS HERERIGHT NOW ARE PRETTY GOOD.

>> THAT MAKES SENSE.

IT ALSO MAKES SENSE YOU VOTED INTHE RECALL ELECTION, RIGHT?

>> I DON'T THINK I DID.

WHAT PART-- WHEN DID WE VOTE FORTHAT?

>> I HAVEN'T VOTED YET, NO.

>> YET, IT WAS IN SEPTEMBER.

>> NO, DIDN'T VOTE.

>> NO, I DIDN'T.

>> DID YOU NOT?

>> NO.

>> AND DID YOU VOTE?

>> NO.

>> I THINK IT'S JUST COMMONSENSE.

I THINK THERE ARE A BUNCH OFDIFFERENT APPROACHES YOU CAN

TALK ABOUT, WHETHER BACKGROUNDCHECKS.

>> IT WAS COMMON SENSE YOU WOULDVOTE IN THE RECALL ELECTION.

>> ABSOLUTELY.

>> DID YOU?

>> I DID NOT.

( LAUGHTER ).

>> YUP.

>> OKAY.

>> 80% OF THE PEOPLE DIDN'T SHOWUP TO VOTE.

IF I COULD HAVEN GOTTEN EVENTHIS MUCH OF THAT 80% TO SHOW UP

THE ELECTION WOULD HAVE TURNEDOUT VERY DIFFERENTLY.

>> WHO WAS THE, 20%?

>> THE NEW LAWS I DON'T THINKSHOULD EXIST AT ALL.

>> 15-ROUND LIMIT.

WHY CAN'T I HAVE 16?

WHO ARE-- WHO ARE THEY TO TELLME I CAN'T HAVE 16.

>> EXACTLY, 16 ALIENS COME, ONLY15 DIE AND ONE IS PROBING YOU.

>> EXACTLY.

>> AND GUESS WHAT?

DID YOU VOTE IN THE RECALLELECTION.

>> YES I DID.

>>TURNS OUT GETTING THE ANTI GUNCONTROL PRO CHIN BRAID CROWD TO

THE POLLS WASN'T HARD AT ALL.

>> I THINK THAT THE N.R.A. ANDGUN GROUPS WERE VERY STRATEGIC.

ALL OUR STUDIES HAVE SHOWNNEGATIVE EMOTIONS MOTIVATE

PEOPLE MORE THAN POSITIVEEMOTIONS AND THAT'S WHAT

HAPPENED IN COLORADO.

>> HOW DO YOU MOTIVATEREASONABLE PEOPLE TO COME OUT

AND VOTE?

>> THE ONLY ONES THAT ARE TUNEDIN ARE THE ANGRIEST PEOPLE.

>> SO MAKE THEM ANGRY.

>> YEAH, MAKE THEM ANGRY.

>> IF IMAGINARY TERRIBLE THINGSARE WHAT GET PEOPLE ANGRY ENOUGH

TO VOTE, I KNEW WHAT I HAD TODO.

HI, THERE, I'M JASON JONES.

DID YOU KNOW THERE WAS A NEW LAWTHAT SAYS THE NFL HAS TO MOVE TO

EUROPE?

>> COME ON!

>> DON'T BLAME ME!

BLAME YOUR GOVERNMENT.

LISTEN, I GET.

IT, YOU'RE BUSY.

BUT YOU KNOW WHO ELSE IS BUSY?

CRAZY PEOPLE ARE TOO.

THEY'RE GOING TO OUTLAW LATTES.

IF YOU DON'T HAVE A BEARD, YOUHAVE TO GROW ONE?

IF YOU DO HAVE A BEARD-- HOLDSTILL-- THEY ARE GOING TO REVOKE

YOUR FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS TO SHOOTHOOPS.

>> I'M TAKING THIS BALL FORAMERICA!

COME ON, YOU ( BLEEP ).

I SWEAR TO GOD I'LL ( BLEEP ).

IT'S WORKING!

IT'S WORKING!

>>

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