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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Ranger Rich

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

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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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You might want to read how your statement in that regard was written, Iknowhuh, as it was probably has the opposite meaning of what you intended.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/29/2013 at 4:00 PM

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Hmmm Dave, you forgot to address the 'lacking' part.

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Posted by Iknowhuh on 09/29/2013 at 11:08 AM

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Iknowhuh, you are displaying exactly the same kind of bigotry and ignorance as Tosches. People like me do not pretend that we are saving the world. We don't think our firearms make us powerful or sexy. You incorrectly assume that we do not love art or music and that we sleep with a gun under our pillows. You already displayed you lack of knowledge of firearms, shooting, and self-defense -- making lame claims about coming from a family of hunters is not going to dig you out of that hole. What ammo do you think was banned? None of the laws passed by those idiots will have any affect on whether or not the next generation is filled with violence -- but haters like you certainly will. The more that your ilk is out there preaching and practicing intolerance and stereotyping, and blaming guns, the next generation is pretty well doomed. Maybe, just maybe, one day you'll buy the cosmic clue that YOU are the problem.

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Posted by Dave H on 09/29/2013 at 10:56 AM

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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

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"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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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