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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Ranger Rich

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

Well then Dave I thank you for saving the world. Does it make you feel sexy? Powerful? Lacking? I personally like a man who loves music, loves art, respects the spirit world and thinks with his heart and not sleep with cold piece metal under his pillow.

It's not my ignorance as I come from a large family of men who were/are trophy hunters. But nothing went to waste. The true meaning of sustainability. The ammo that was banned was because of the tragedies that followed it. Everything was left to waste.

And those who voted out our Democrat State Senators, just want to thank you.....for the kids you know. Another upcoming violent filled generation!

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Posted by Iknowhuh on 09/28/2013 at 9:32 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

"You wouldn't have the guts to pull that off..."

Oh foolish one, not only did I, it is not the first time. Having a conceal handgun permit, I carry frequently and at times I carry openly, such as when I remove my suit jacket.

"Real men only need one bullet anyway, "

Your ignorance regarding shooting and self-defense is utterly amazing.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/28/2013 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

Dave....after re-reading your post I have decided that you should write plays for a living. Your little skit there is just that. You wouldn't have the guts to pull that, and I love Rich's writing that's why I have been reading it for years! Not all of us think like you. (PS: we're all human, I bet if you stopped 'acting' so perfect you will find those dark places like bigotry exist even in you, so judge away.)

Tejontech....ok, whatever. Your reasoning doesn't make sense either. Maybe you missed some doses. The whole "Obama's gonna take away our guns" is such a farce. Real men only need one bullet anyway, not Rambo style ammo that can kill many without the shooter even taking a step. Cruel!

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Posted by Iknowhuh on 09/28/2013 at 8:16 PM

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It is a fee country...if we outlaw firearms, then skinny jeans should be the next thing to go...we fight in wars to keep people from intruding on our freedoms, and then people in our own town do that to us...forget it as you want and let others do as they please...and leave your personal sensitivities in your therapists office and get back your meds if this is a problem.

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Posted by TejonTech on 09/27/2013 at 10:45 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

Have to say I usually appreciate the ridiculousness of your articles. But I don't think I could say it any better than Dave H., very base and crass. I am relatively new to this community, and constantly amazed by the divisiveness and polarization I see. Rich, your little diatribe belongs down here in the comments section, because that's just how ignorant it is.

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Posted by LAJ on 09/27/2013 at 10:28 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

Carrying a firearm is like having a flashlight or a 1st aid kit. It does not make us feel powerful, just a little better prepared.

"I am proud of my Governor! "

For passing ineffective feel-good laws that are arbitrary and not enforceable? Any idiot could do that. Now if he had actually done something to prevent violent crimes, you might have a leg to stand on, but the closest he has done to that is setting aside something like 30 more beds statewide for mental health care.

"Guns have always frightened me, especially those high powered weapons that hold multiple rounds of ammunition "

Your average deer hunting rifle is by far one of the more powerful firearms you will encounter, much more so than something like an AR-15 or AK-47. Further, almost all firearms hold multiple rounds, even the aforementioned deer hunting rifles. And like I said, Jung would have a field day with people so in fear of an object.

" the article had tears running down my cheeks from laughing so hard."

That you find stereotyping and bigotry hilarious tells us all we really need to know about you. You probably even believe the outright blatant lies Rich posted in his previous anti-gun rant.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/27/2013 at 8:46 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

Dave, this debate could go on forever. If carrying a gun makes you feel safe or ready to pounce and rescue in a moments notice where people could be victims of violence then so be it. If openly carrying a gun makes you feel like a powerful and entitled person then so be it.

I just think that it sends the message that we still live in the wild west....but I do get it, people are dangerous, not the weapon. We have seen many examples of that here in Colorado over the years so lets not pretend that the psyche of this state isn't damaged from the tragedies.

I am proud of my Governor! Guns have always frightened me, especially those high powered weapons that hold multiple rounds of ammunition and no I don't plan on going to a shooting range anytime soon so I can feel "comfortable" with the dern thing.

Ranger Rich: the article had tears running down my cheeks from laughing so hard.

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Posted by Iknowhuh on 09/27/2013 at 7:46 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

And I don't appreciate people with face piercings, but I am not going to give them dirty looks. I leave them be and they leave me be.

Millions of people do appreciate firearms and are not alarmed when they see them. Some appreciate the mechanics and craftsmanship. Some appreciate the heritage and tradition. Some appreciate the political statement that armed citizens are not something to be feared by anyone save those with bad intentions. Some people even appreciate that someone in their midst stands ready to step into the breach if an act of violence occurs.

Granted there are some who think of firearms as some evil talisman and superstitiously assign will and intent to objects (Jung would have a field day with them), but the organized open carry of firearms in places like Starbucks is meant to show these people how incredibly foolish they are.

I would not fear the person openly carrying firearms in a safe and legal manner, as it is exceedingly unlikely that they would have ill intent.

Instead you should fear the person illegally carrying covertly as he is the person with malice in his heart, but since you cannot see a covertly carried firearm, that would require you to fear all people who appear unarmed.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/27/2013 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

Well Dave, I am actually a female version of you, well dressed, educated, Hispanic and so forth....but I don't appreciate seeing firearms in a coffee shop.

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Posted by Iknowhuh on 09/27/2013 at 5:48 PM

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My post was a direct counter to the bigotry filled Op-Ed authored by Tosches, so if you are going to levy charges at me, you best be careful where you aim.

The reasoning behind the request from Starbucks is an aside at best.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/27/2013 at 5:19 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

So dave, did you mean to post that on facebook where everyone tries to make their life seem more important than everyone else's? sure sounds like you probably do, including lots of pictures... by the way, why did starbucks start asking patrons to not wear their guns in their store? because they were hearing about it and losing business. like most conservatives you believe only what you want to see and hear...

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Posted by happyfew on 09/27/2013 at 4:16 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

What is more scary, Iknowhuh: A professional, well-dressed, educated Hispanic legally and safely carrying openly while having lunch, or the hateful bigot skulking in the corner giving him dirty looks?

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Posted by Dave H on 09/27/2013 at 2:09 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

Robert.....yes, I laughed out loud with Rich's piece here. He has made me laugh for years and I find the humor enlightening. I am very unhappy about the recall of 2 great and dedicated leaders, Morse and Giron. But whatever. And yes I will stay anonymous because of people like you......scary! If you do not like what Rich is writing, then DON'T READ IT!

Dave......if I had seen you, you would have gotten a real dirty look!

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Posted by Iknowhuh on 09/27/2013 at 2:00 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

Had to take the new Subaru in for scheduled maintenance and on the way back I stopped at a Starbucks a little while ago to grab an Orange Mango Smoothie and a Turkey Rustico Panini for lunch. Grabbed my Dell tablet, but left my jacket in the car, meaning my compact revolver was fully exposed on the belt of my suit. No one paid attention to the handgun on my hip as I stood in line with everyone else and placed my order. As I sat at my table eating my Panini and trying to avoid getting anything on the tie my daughter gave me for my birthday, I VPN’d in to work and checked on the status of a VOIP call manager which had been giving the junior engineers a headache. One person did eventually ask what kind of firearm I was carrying and commented on the beautiful custom scroll and inlay work the engraver had done. We had a brief discussion on the merits of the leather vs Kydex holsters -- the ostrich leather holster I had on is much easier on the finish of the handgun. I made a quick call to my wife before she left for her class at the university and asked if there was anything I needed to pick up for the fund raising dinner party/wine tasting we are hosting tonight (money goes to support a group of veterans who are helping with the flood recovery up north). I also reminded her that I would be golfing on Saturday morning. I finished my meal and as I was leaving, held the door open for a couple of people who were entering the establishment, neither of whom even batted an eye upon seeing my firearm.

How was your lunch, Rich?

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Posted by Dave H on 09/27/2013 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

What exactly is reasonable about laws that are arbitrary, ineffective, and not enforceable? These were idiotic laws, happyfew. Had the legislature actually taken its time to look at these Bloomberg/Biden backed proposals they would have realized that. Even some of the sponsors of the bills have now come to that realization.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/27/2013 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

I see the gunuts are emboldened by the recall. Only in this village would such a reasonable set of regulations lead to a very costly recall (where is the outrage teabaggers?). Reasonable people must stand up and point out the insanity of the gunuts and their desire for a small minority to have influence over a vast majority. Great piece Rich!

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Posted by happyfew on 09/27/2013 at 8:12 AM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

The most wretched sewage that could ever be published. I have never as I do at this moment wished for another human being to just drop off the face of this planet as I do for the cretin that strung these words together. For all the brilliant or even slightly skilled aspiring writers that will never be published for inane reasons here is the insult that could drain every bit of hope they had. I do not hide behind a user name, I invite you to speak to me to my face and please use your gutter mouth in this same fashion. Bring your children so they might see you spew this stench, reminding you that many people including their children may be exposed to this pornography, racism and bigotry. You have not the Right nor are you free to debase, ridicule, incite, bait, or promote hatred for a section of society that lives in a certain geographic region. Equating them to be dullards and killers that are lazy is not any different from the treatment of black people not too long ago. I will make my goal from this point on to see that The Independent is no longer allowed to be displayed openly but kept under the retail counters and away from children. This would be purely in the public interest and to ensure that children will not be subjected to what they may deem proper behavior because it is easily accessed. To the person that "laughed", I hope you were being sarcastic.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 09/27/2013 at 3:31 AM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

Base. Very base and crass.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/26/2013 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

OMG. I laughed so hard Rich!

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Posted by Iknowhuh on 09/26/2013 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Aurora's impact

"Gun Clutchers" "Gun Nuts" etc etc. Name calling reduces your credibility to zero. Your make believe majority does not exist. Your arguments have no basis in truth. Your "sensible" is absurd. The only "majority" that wants Americans disarmed (and yes, that is the ultimate goal) are criminals.
I could go on and on but I have made my point. The Constitution cannot be re-written and my Rights are already eroded enough that I will simply ignore any more legislation. Will they imprison me? Maybe but that is the tyranny free people hope to never see. No one person will be immune and when you need protection then I suggest calling a police officer. They will show up eventually to photograph what the outlaw did because outlaws will always be armed. Police will never ever protect you. The enforce the laws and are nothing more than hired guns for prosecutors.
Any sane person can see that laws change nothing. Asking for for more laws to add to the 25,000 plus gun laws already enacted makes it clear that our government is dumb and so are the ones demanding more laws.
I do not care about the victims or their families and neither do the gun control advocates care. You cry crocodile tears. I would talk to them but I would tell them to learn to PROTECT themselves and their families. Not one person who drones on about how they care for the victims could tell me names of the victims. What about those that do the shooting? They are victims of mental illness. Where is the (your) compassion? I see none. Hypocrites. Want to curb violence then work in the mental health field and you might actually save lives. Hypocrites, liars, filled with hatred and seriously lacking in education yet continue to call others "rednecks" because they believe in the Bill of Rights! Bigots and racists. You are against the political process (recall voting) against The Bill of Rights and promote big government. Hypocrite, liar and government shill. What a pathetic life you lead.

Background checks often return erroneous denials but some will be surprised later on. If you have a "prescription" for marijuana (the drug this paper loves to promote) then you have documented your use of illegal drugs and have lost your Right to own firearms. Clinton, Bush and Obama cannot legally own firearms. They all admitted to illegal drug use! I recall Obama denying he was black until he was elected then he is suddenly "black". Hypocrite and Commander-in-Chief with the luxury of armed guards for life. Not too long ago blacks had no Rights at all. Why do you want to go back to those kind of days? Nobody protects me but me and I am wondering if I will be able to do that in the future. So is there compassion for me? I may be a victim of violence someday because of "gun control nuts". What makes terrorists successful such as they were on 9/11? They know that most Americans will not defend themselves, they will just sit and watch others die. Americans have been conditioned to be weaklings. When a mentally ill terrorists opens fire in a movie theater he creates many victims. This is what "gun control" does and this is the end result. This is the result of morons like you pleading for "gun control". Now you want more? No thank you. You wish to disarm law-abiding citizens? Why? Why don't you go out every night and look for outlaws? If you see what looks to be an outlaw ask them if they are. If they say "yes" then ask for their firearms. Too sacred I bet.
The Bill of Rights cannot be changed. If you believe it can be then do tell. How does one go about that? If it is possible then I will attack the First Amendment. Just erase it. I will shut you up and shut down the Idiotic Indy Ignorant. Rap, hip-hop and crappy adult contemporary lyrics-gone. Christmas songs, Christmas sales, Christmas everything-gone. Political speeches-gone. Stupid comments-prison time. Rick Tosches-gone,gone,gone and good riddance. He is a carrier of stupidity. Stamp out stupid! Yes that sounds all pretty ignorant does it not?
A successful recall made my day and so did 2 million bikers descending on Washington DC to show Muslims and the rest of the world that we are done with their nonsense. The National Park Service denied the bikers a permit! The bikers rode in anyway. The Park Service does not own this country... Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.

So did you hear about the Mayor and his cronies? The go to The Mining Exchange to eat and meet but there is another large group eating and meeting already seated. There is plenty of room for all but Mayor Megalomaniac demands the other group be ousted. The outcome? The other group is ousted! The day before the Mayor is handing out muffins in the city parking garage as "customer appreciation"! Has he announced his new parking space yet? Enclosed, bullet resistant, homeless resistant, total security. He has city building employees doing "shooting drills"! In case of shooters. You need a floor pass to into the city building. One pass, one floor. Want to go to another floor? Get another pass. New security system for his personal office costing tens of thousands! Turn the street lights back off, we can walk in the dark but at night it is even darker. Dark streets and no smokers in the park! Yes, he cares. Yes, big fat government. That's who I want controlling me! They think you are stupid and they are right.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 09/13/2013 at 9:24 PM

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