Brian Kotowski

Brian Kotowski 1 day, 2 hours ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

James - in my opinion, anything short of mandatory confiscation of the sort implemented by the Aussies & the Brits amounts to pissing in the wind. The second amendment makes that a non starter, despite Preezy's constant lip service to those models. Which means we have to look at other options. Every time one of these douchebags goes off the rails, we default to the same pantomime: more laws/gun control, and it's meaningless every time.

A good place to start would be enforcement of 20,000+ laws we already have. In 2010 for example, more than 2000 convicted felons tried to buy a gun. The Obama administration prosecuted 44 of them. Federal gun prosecutions reached an all time high during W's term at more than 11,000 annually. Since then, federal gun prosecutions peaked at 7700 in 2013. I'd like to know why there's been such a precipitous decline. But lawmakers – on BOTH sides – are uninterested. So are the media, which means the sheeple can't be bothered either. Because it's easier to fuel the emotional firestorm, and more important to raise money for everyone's pet dogmas.

Re: the Bundys, they discredited & endangered only themselves. In the real world, the bottom line is to be at least as well equipped as the bad guys if the fit hits the shan.

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Brian Kotowski 1 day, 3 hours ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

James - The point is that many of those opposed to armed civilians object on the grounds that it'll translate to a return to the wild west.

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Brian Kotowski 3 days, 4 hours ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

Ken writes: "I will never see the logic or morality of civilians being able to own or carry assault weaponry."

'One shot stops' - particularly with handguns - are exceedingly rare.

You may recall the Tsarnaev (sp?) brothers. They waged a hellacious gun battle against the local cops, during which many hundreds of rounds were exchanged. The younger of the two (the oh-so-dreamy one who made the cover of Rolling Stone) managed to escape that encounter despite being hit more than a dozen times - including a headshot.

If the world is so dangerous that SSPD and RCSO are furnished with 9-millimeters and AR-15s, law-abiding civilians have every right to be identically equipped if we choose. Especially since it's the civilians - who are sovereign over the police - who are obliged to confront those dangers long before the police arrive.

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Brian Kotowski 3 days, 4 hours ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

Tim writes: "Ok, then how 'bout banning large-capacity magazines like we tried to do in Colorado?"

Not only did we try to do it, we did do it. House Bills 13-1228 & 13-1224 were signed into law 3 years ago. They both illustrate the futility of those kinds of measures, not to mention the emotional caterwauling they always provoke. It's probably too soon for any data on the hi-cap magazine restriction's effect on gun crime in Colorado, but I'll wager a year's pay that it's non-existent.

You may also recall that virtually every Colorado sheriff announced publicly they had no intention of enforcing those provisions, and that the legislators responsible for pushing those bills through were thrown out of office - the only time that's ever happened in Colorado.

It would be more useful if we enforced the laws we already have. In 2010, approximately 2000 convicted felons and fugitives tried to buy a gun. The Obama administration prosecuted 44 of them. Federal gun prosecutions peaked during the Bush administration at just over 11,000 annually. The 2012 tally for the Obama administration is a little over 7700 (according to a Syracuse University study published in 2013). I'd like to know why there has been such a precipitous decline in enforcement. But the media isn't interested, nor are lawmakers - on either side. Because it's a lot easier to fuel the emotional firestorm & raise money than it is to look at the facts, and at what the authorities are actually doing with the mandates we've given them.

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Brian Kotowski 3 days, 4 hours ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

The Pilot saves all member comments. That you find it creepy is unsurprising; I suppose that having one's duplicity so easily accessible could be considered creepy if one is sufficiently narcissistic. Putting you back on 'ignore' now, as is my wont with hypocrites.

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Brian Kotowski 3 days, 5 hours ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

America Is Awash In Guns, And Crime Is At Record Lows

"Using federal government data, University of Michigan and American Enterprise Institute economist Mark Perry last year measured the gun homicide rate against the number of guns per person from 1993-2013. As the number of guns per person rose from 0.94 to 1.45, the gun homicide rate fell by 49 percent, from 7 to 3.6 per 100,000 people."

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Brian Kotowski 3 days, 19 hours ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

And if I ever run into a ridiculous mechanical great white, I'll want to be as least as well armed as Roy Scheider was.

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Brian Kotowski 3 days, 19 hours ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

Color me envious, Chris. I hope you're doing snuba as a transition to scuba - unless you already have. A different world down there, for sure.

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