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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Ranger Rich

Re: “Bernie Herpin, cookie chairman

"If a violent person wants to commit an evil act, they'll find a way." I do not buy into that argument. It is much like saying, if a burglar wants to break into a house he will find a way, so let's recall any legislator foolish enough to pass laws against crime, particularly laws that call for stiffer sentences when criminals use guns in the commission of their crimes.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 10/12/2013 at 10:35 AM

Re: “Bernie Herpin, cookie chairman

typical politician, he goes from mr. tough gun guy to wife whipped symphony guy as soon as the election is over.

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Posted by happyfew on 10/11/2013 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Bernie Herpin, cookie chairman

Bernie knows what public service is really about. I wish him the best in Denver as he tries to sort through things and represent us.

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Posted by bill.guman on 10/09/2013 at 10:35 AM

Re: “The hum of the universe

This is a truly gorgeous piece of writing, as much about the human condition as about hummingbirds. I, too, had a last fellow at my feeder this year when the others had gone, and marked the moment. Time, as one ages, is such a weaving of glad moments and sorrows. Reading this piece was a glad moment for me.

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Posted by Elaine Taravella on 10/05/2013 at 7:45 AM

Re: “The hum of the universe

Now that's almost as good a piece of writing as your more snickery self. Maybe better. Perhaps even a whole lot better. Now work on getting your readers to shed a tear or two, and you too can become Erma Bombeck.

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Posted by Morris on 10/02/2013 at 8:31 PM

Re: “The hum of the universe

Love this song OldCrank. La la la la la. The words are haunting.

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Posted by Iknowhuh on 10/02/2013 at 6:34 PM

Re: “The hum of the universe

Seasons Don't Fear the Reaper:

Tempus Fugit

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Posted by OldCrank on 10/02/2013 at 4:01 PM

Re: “The hum of the universe

Ah.....see Rich has a sensitive side. :)

Nice writing and made me reflect about where time has gone. Seems like lately that is all I have been doing. It creeps up on you when you least expect it. Father Time and Mother Nature are both alive and well in Colorado. Be well.

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Posted by Iknowhuh on 10/02/2013 at 12:32 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

Should this guy have had a gun?

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Posted by Iknowhuh on 10/01/2013 at 11:41 AM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

Robert W.... littering?

John B..... YAWN!

Rich T.....keep on writing, I have been a fan for years!

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Posted by Iknowhuh on 09/30/2013 at 9:58 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

"So I walk into Starbucks the other day with a 9mm Glock handgun in a holster, sawed-off shotgun in my right hand, old Soviet Union AK-47 in my left hand, 16,000 rounds of ammunition on belts slung over my shoulders and a couple of hand grenades around my neck."

The sawed off shotgun will likely land you in federal prison for 15 years for illegal making and possession of an NFA Title II firearm. The old Soviet Union AK-47 will also likely land you in the federal pokey for another 10 years as an NFA Title II firearm unless you went through a lengthy process to be approved. The hand grenades also would likely land you a lengthy stay in federal prison for unlawful possession of destructive devices if real and even if fake are a violation of Colorado state law. I believe you are now looking at approximately 30 years behind bars, possibly more. The 16,000 rounds (sic) of ammunition for the AK would weigh about 580 pounds -- so good luck with that.

"You know, just in case one of them crazy Second 'Mendment NRA gun nuts takes some time off from recalling state senators and bursts in while I'm gulping my latte."

Are you really that scared of people peacefully exercising their rights and powers to participate in government and for redress of grievances?

Dear Mr Tosches,

Honestly, all your lengthy diatribe accomplished was to paint a very poor picture of yourself and of those who are apoplectic when they see a firearm in public or hear the letters N R A, and unless that was you goal, it was not funny, insightful, or informative.

Instead of engaging in grade school belittling and bigoted stereotyping, you would do well to learn a little more about the group of people you seem to enjoy insulting. If you did, you would find that a great many of us are well spoken, educated, come from good families, and have good paying white collar jobs. We don't stereotype you as a granola eating, Subaru driving, Birkenstock wearing, tree hugger as we know that trying to put people into boxes despicable and almost always incorrect -- some of us like granola and drive Subarus too. The fact that we own firearms and even legally carry them does not mean we live in trailer parks, wear greasy tee-shirts with the arms ripped off, have a couch in our front yard, kick dogs, beat women, need dental work, dropped out of high school, live on welfare, or any of the dozens of others of ignorant stereotypes you seem so fascinated with.

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Posted by John B on 09/30/2013 at 4:45 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

I appreciate these "independent" high minded articles. Great to have a news source that is not interjecting personal political opinions or degrading fellow citizens with negative stereotypes. Well done journalists. FYI, if you do want to talk about scary machines that go boom, sweet 10 speeds or how to perfectly fold the cuffs of your jeans, you can setup a personal Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus account. Spew your ignorance on various topics there.

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Posted by Brendan Preston on 09/30/2013 at 1:04 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

Carla Hartsell,

They were probably not worried about anything. They were probably just out grabbing some lunch. And demonstrating to the nervous nellies and hoplophobes that there is nothing to be nervous or scared about. People need to be far more worried about getting killed in a car crash on their way to/from lunch than about the person open carrying in the sandwich shop.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/30/2013 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

"Mentally ill HAVE RIGHTS TO. You want to blame the mentally ill. Ill agree it takes a nut to shoot up a bunch of other people. But how do you separate the Mental from the rest without background checks? "

Holmes is mentally ill and passed four background checks. Loughner is mentally ill and passed a background check. Alexis was mentally ill and passed a background check.

It is almost impossible for the police to prove a background check was not done.

You may not like that we keep saying the same things over and over again, but the truth is YOU HAVE NOT REFUTED US.

"The only reason these laws are unenforceable is because politics has caused them NOT to be enforced. "

WRONG! There is a difference between isn't being enforced and can't be enforced. The universal background check CAN'T be enforced.


Several: 1) Provide a better education for people. 2) Improve our economics [the economy is the number one factor in our levels of violence]. 3) Teach ethics. 4) De-glorify violence and revenge. 5) Improve our mental health system and work to remove mental health stigmas. 6) Punish the wrong doer.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/30/2013 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

I assume that Rocky is speaking to me and displaying HIS lack of comprehension. Iknowhuh is littering this section with the same disability and even more so. If you refuse to protect yourself and your family then it sucks to be you. I would say that the refusal of family members to ignore the symptoms of paranoid schizophrenia in their midst and take no action, not even locking up their firearms is the core of the rotten apple. So when the patient loses all touch with reality and displays more and more violent tendencies the lack of knowledge by the family and friends turn their backs. There is reason number one for being armed. That police are never around and are not obligated to intervene until the shooting stops. Aggressive medical treatment is the first better idea. Acute paranoid schizophrenia must be seen for what it is and confined to hospital and being treated is my second better idea. So a mass shooting is now perhaps stopped before the fact. Why is this so hard for some to understand? Because they want gun confiscation, no ifs and or buts. There are plenty of us level headed people around who are armed. We do not settle arguments with firearms. Gun control I will tell you again DOES NOT WORK! Do not suggest that it does. Banning capacities will finally end up with with single shot weapons. Just who is going to or has been protecting me? I do. The fact that there are numerous people carrying ought to make you feel safer. These people know what they are doing and if I hear "wild west" one more time then I will say good luck to you and try to duck. The Earp brothers and others like them were schemers who became marshals simply to get pay-offs and kick-backs. The had laws of no firearms for anyone in town. They were thieves and killers and they were the police. The ATF is a corrupt violent gang and along with the FBI trigger happy snipers they violate Rights, falsify evidence and use entrapment to conduct there business. Another reason to stay armed. Liberals have an aversion to Freedom since the days they lived in communes. The top hippie bought land and invited everyone to live together in peace and give their money to the top hippie. He paid for the land and members all drifted away.
You made other erroneous comments such as "like yourself"that sell firearms to anyone and I don;t give a crud about the "village". Wrong on the first one but I am beginning to tire of the shallow minds here. I am pleased with the recall of those two which you all think was silly. That shows how little you understand about anything. I do not want clueless citizens playing their selfish games with my life and my Freedom to protect myself. Drop your children off and speed off to your selfish destination. You are not going to create utopia or succeed in changing The Constitution. That is a fact. Build your houses in forests and at the bottom of narrow canyons and you know what will happen eventually don't you? But you build anyway. Just not enough clear thinking here is there?

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 09/30/2013 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

Open carry in Colorado. I was in Subway on Centennial the other day. Two young 20's men came in with glocks/holsters strapped on. They were appropriately dressed: jeans, t-shirts, colorful tattoos, etc. I wonder if they were worried about me or some other patron disturbing their lunches.

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Posted by Carla Hartsell on 09/30/2013 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

I read the Indy nearly every week and sometimes enjoy Rich's sarcasm...not the case this week.

Mr. Schultz is fully within his rights to respectfully request that people not carry guns into his stores. I will certainly comply by not entering his stores. In my opinion all this does is provide yet another zone that is safe for criminals where the criminal can expect an unarmed group of people. In fact, this seems to be to be one of the the silliest ways to try to make a point or to create any sort of gun-free zone.

Unlike many who are complaining about this request I do not believe that this is any sort of infringement on my rights. It is an exercise of his right to do what he wishes with his private property.

Unfortunately, Mr Schultz along with many many others do not seem to realize that the place for concern is with the bad guys that do not respect the law or honor requests like this. Good guys comply…bad guys don't…this makes no one safer.

I now have a definitive reason to avoid another global chain and take my business to a local vendor. Adios Venti triple skinny latte…I have just turned my starbucks card into 5 guitar picks…

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Posted by scdickey on 09/30/2013 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

I got to jump in on this simply because again theres two guys running there mouths saying the same thing we have heard over and over. Mentally ill HAVE RIGHTS TO. You want to blame the mentally ill. Ill agree it takes a nut to shoot up a bunch of other people. But how do you separate the Mental from the rest without background checks? You have a problem with others thinking of the Village you say they cant think for themselves. Well guess what OTHERS do live on this rock and have rights just like you and its the Governments job is to think of all of us when it comes to safety and laws not just you. The only reason these laws are unenforceable is because politics has caused them NOT to be enforced. If they would get off there butts and do there job then the laws for background checks that were in place before would have been effective and there wouldnt have been a need for these so called feel good laws and then we wouldnt have had to spend money on a feel good recall. NOW WOULD WE? Ban guns and then only the criminals would have guns. Ok but you do realize that the guns the gang bangers and criminals have come from. They steal them or buy them from folks that dont give a crud about the Village you know the ones much like yourself that would sell a firearm to anyone with cash because the 2nd amendment said I can. Heres a big one. READY? YOU GOT ANY BETTER IDEAS? How do you keep guns from the nut cases and allow you your rights to have one without taking rights from others? Come on step up speak up you got anything? As far as this "free newspaper" that you seem to think is not important let me remind you as to why. It gives another view point to the rubbish that is paid for by the other paper so people have a choice and can think for themselves not just get crammed by one view but get to read others view so they can make up there own minds. Scary huh? There are others out here that dont need the Gazette or Fox to tell them how to think.

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Posted by Rocky Smith on 09/30/2013 at 7:55 AM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

@happyfew: Your spelling and grammar are embarrassing you. Also, your lone "fact" is not. Your use of the term "village" just as Tosches does (much too often) indicates an inability to think for yourself, you are influenced by him and therefore not qualified to speak for a "majority" or a minority. (Remember when Tosches thought he was Hunter Thompson?) In fact you could easily be a danger to yourself and to others. My advice, which you will ignore, is to try to think, especially before you speak. Also visit the library as they have many books written by people who know how and the bonus is that you have to be quiet in a library.

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 09/29/2013 at 11:27 PM

Re: “Shots and espresso at Starbucks

Iknowhuh, what is it that makes me scary to you? If you find Tosches to be humorous then I would guess you are a bit below average in the IQ department. You do not know me and you have made an assumption about me based on your interpretation of my comment. Obviously it was difficult for you to comprehend which explains the admiration for Tosches. He is not funny in the least and to help you understand this fact I will point out that he is on the last page of a free weekly publication. Not exactly a writers dream gig. What scares me the most is that he writes what he thinks and not what is real. He has no knowledge of firearms, he is a hateful bigot and HE INFLUENCES people such as yourself! You set your sights very low in educating yourself and the pun was intended. He does not care about victims of shootings or anyone else. He is concerned for himself and not the greater good.
If the other commenter does not want to see firearms while ingesting mood altering substances (caffeine) I wonder what they do if a cop walks in! It never occurs to the people that think citizens should not own firearms that police were and will be citizens. Why do people call police when violence occurs? Because they have guns! I have handled weapons most of my life (I am 59), I have had carry permits and I am more qualified to handle a firearm than any patrol officer in this city. (Remember the buffalo?) It is not a magical or divine skill. It takes intelligence and understanding of what and when is the absolute moment one needs to use a firearm. "The wild west" myth we always hear about has not occurred as many predicted when Sheriff Anderson opened up the permit process to everyone (as it should have been all along). Study American History and you will find the "wild west" actually was not what many think. Hollywood perpetuated the myth of gunfights in the streets. It did not occur. Gun control is a slow but sure confiscation process and nothing more. "Sensible" gun laws are not sensible. Dimwitted people are the only ones to believe that. The two politicians that were recalled were in no way honorable as even in their defeat they lied about why and made accusations which were idiotic and scurrilous. I would have a modicum of respect for them if they could actually admit that the were ousted legally by the people. Instead they lied and continue to lie and they will never hold office again because of they of their bad behavior.
The most telling, yet seemingly ignored fact is that anyone with a brain knows that only a person with a severe mental illness can open fire on a group of strangers. No sane person has ever done that. It has absolutely nothing to do with guns at all. Mental illness is an illness that everyone wants to ignore. That is the problem. Where is the compassion for the sick person? Do not tell me you have compassion for the victims if you only have hate for the shooter. Tosches plays that card but he has no compassion for people and he demonstrates that fact here. For someone to find it funny enough to laugh until tears roll down their checks is the most pathetic kind of human on earth. Now as before in these comments as well as in other forums the anti-gun people have never been able to intelligently state their case. They can never prove their "facts" yet they continue because they refuse to think with logic. This is because they use one event to address a totally unrelated issue. Shootings are not caused by guns. Banning guns does not stop shootings. Outlawing guns or some guns will not stop violence or cure mental illness but that is what they argue. They know it is useless but won't admit it thus hindering and delaying the process to fix it. To even begin to address violence then the violent need to be addressed, not guns or gun owners. Gun control advocates actually are to blame for these types of shootings because they ignore the real problem out of ignorance, hatred and selfishness. That is a fact you cannot deny. Gun control creates victims. That is the bottom line and it appears gun control advocates actually want mass shootings to occur more often. I do not want to believe that but it certainly seems to be the case. Is Tosches still "funny" to you? It even appears that Tosches is baiting the public when he writes this inflammatory garbage. Almost as if he would love to stand on a dead body and say "See, told you so!" I can see no other purpose for his perpetual name-calling and irritating manner. (By the way Tosches, I am a Constitutional scholar and add to that my ancestry is what you so revile and refer to as "white trash". One ancestor of mine did commit a murder in 1893. He used an axe.)

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Posted by Robert Wyman on 09/29/2013 at 11:10 PM

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