Eric J. Bowman

Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 1 week ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

A Constitutional Convention isn't needed to overturn an amendment that doesn't say what you think it does to begin with. I think American citizens should continue to have a right to an armed militia, nothing to do with banning handguns would interfere with that, so your argument is non-sequitur.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 1 week ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

Exactly how folks have come to believe the 2nd Amendment was meant to grant an individual right to firearms for self-defense or whatevs. ;) Think the NRA isn't aware of how the Big Lie works?

So just keep saying it, and maybe I'll eventually stop pointing out it isn't true. Way to prove Godwin's Law, btw. ;)

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Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 1 week ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

Good. I don't understand why folks believe the NRA is a pro-citizen group that would never lie about the 2nd Amendment. It's a manufacturer lobby i.e. a special interest funded by those who profit by manufacturing firearms, and therefore everything spewed out by the NRA ought to be taken with waaay more than a solitary grain of salt.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 1 week ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

Talib shot himself. What an idiotic dumbass (hey, it's Talib we're talking about, talent aside)!

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Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 1 week ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

"Maybe you meant to say 'you can still be a victim of crazy people.'"

I'm sorry, but what's wrong with saying "you can still be the victim of a gun?" Because there was that 3-yr-old who accidentally killed himself with one of his LEO parents' service weapons out in Stagecoach the other day. What was that boy a victim of, otherwise? Violence? No. Crazy people? No. Mental illness? No. Ignorance of gun safety? YES!!! But good grief, 3-yr-olds shouldn't have access to loaded guns because guns are inherently dangerous killing weapons.

I take this to mean that having less guns around, would lead to fewer tragedies, especially where children are concerned. Especially when LEO parents can't keep their children from being killed by their own gun, but you say it's inherently got nothing to do with guns, per se? And keep insisting that more guns will lead to fewer gun deaths? How's that?

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Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 1 week ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

"What's common sense (again) and easily observable is that mass shootings don't happen at public gun ranges, they happen in gun free zones."

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-accidental-shooting-gun-range-injures-people/

More of a mass accident, than a mass shooting, but it seems to me that places where people carry and shoot weapons are inherently unsafe.

"Because of his diagnosis and hospitalization, that individual would not have qualified to legally purchase a gun. Mental patients shouldn't have access to firearms."

Unless they're laid out for him at a shooting range, like in this case? Two veterans shot dead by someone who couldn't pass a background check... but of course didn't need one to just "borrow" guns from a shooting range.

Seems a rather obvious loophole.

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Eric J. Bowman 1 month, 1 week ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

So you're going to go ahead and assume, with everyone else, that all the Orlando victims were killed by the gunman? Doesn't surprise me. I, OTOH, prefer to wait for the autopsy results and then we'll see how many victims were killed by security guards exchanging fire with the gunman.

Just amazes me, how folks like you just don't think it's possible for the "good guy" with the gun to ever take out a bystander in such a confused situation, and don't even need to wait for the scientific investigation to be completed.

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Eric J. Bowman 2 months ago on City councilman says decision to call dibs on concert tickets, VIP passes was 'boneheaded'

Too bad Lombardi's is no more. Combined with the professionalism of the FD keeping my home from burning down 5 years ago, Oak Creek was a very nice place to have lived for a while, in retrospect. Still is, but maybe post-peak. All eggs going into the same basket, and all.

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Eric J. Bowman 2 months ago on City councilman says decision to call dibs on concert tickets, VIP passes was 'boneheaded'

True, that.

Local LEO had the biggest negative impact on my life, from before he was even a cop, was Dave Miller. His partner had to loosen my cuffs, giving Miller an icy glare 'cuz my fingers were turning purple, I wasn't just whining. But then Kelby got that retired K9, kind of a tie w/ a certain Taser for worst local-LEO tool ever deployed.

Love me a trained dog. But K9s get retired for a reason. It's prosecutors and courts who fail to understand that the dog is "alerting" for its new owner, out on patrol, because that's what the dog thinks is expected of it in those situations, and like all dogs, aims to please. Just because sometimes there is a satchel, doesn't really excuse all the dwelling-tossings resulting from bogus police work.

But, I'll tell ya one thing that offsets that, beyond some others I could name, was Officer Bobby. I was in Oak Creek today, the cops are out walking the beat still, because that's a standard Bobby set for OCPD. What's been absent in OC for years now, is any systematic sort of crap from the PD like there was when Miller threw me in jail for not stealing Cargo's car. None that I've heard of, anyway.

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Eric J. Bowman 2 months ago on City councilman says decision to call dibs on concert tickets, VIP passes was 'boneheaded'

My best war story from living here concerns Trooper He-who-shall-not-be-named, because everyone in South Routt knows there's only one I could possibly be talking about. Doesn't even involve me, although I wasn't without my own run-ins. But I did have a roomie once upon a time...

Engineer-in-training for the railroad, working his way up from conductor. From Tennessee, hunter, Grand Canyon rafting guide, came home in tears the first time he had to plow through a herd of elk in a Yampa Valley winter. He was training with an about-to-retire engineer who'd lived here all his life, full of Moffatt Tunnel stories.

One night, they're heading North to P-burg when they see emergency lights on a crossing ahead, and dump the e-brake because cops are only supposed to do that if they need a train to stop -- otherwise they need to move a pull-over well out of the RR right-of-way, apparently. Well, this was a traffic stop, so my roomie and the Engineer hop out and confront the Trooper.

By which I mean confront! Engineer throws Trooper onto the hood of his prowler and proceeds to tear him a new one for stopping "his" train! Orders pulled-over driver to pull ahead a 1/4 mile on the County Road and get off of RR property, then orders the Trooper to follow him and get the "heck" out of the way of his train! Writes down name & badge number to file a complaint.

Tells my roomie, "Don't take no guff from some cop." They drive on to P-burg.

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