Brian Kotowski

Brian Kotowski 5 months ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

James – thanks for proving my point. You sling that broad brush with the vigor of Ann Coulter.

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Brian Kotowski 5 months ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

I believe it was Goebells who famously asserted the utility of lying. Lie often enough and loud enough, and the sheeple will accept it as truth. The lefty “fear” song & dance is just the latest incarnation of that same jive. Our condescending friends on the left are so perceptive, they have the singular ability to reach in the deepest recesses of anther's soul to denounce the cowardice therein. They know you better than you do. Just ask them. They say it, so we know it's true.

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Brian Kotowski 5 months, 1 week ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

One of the most moronic canards from the left is 'you right wing knuckle draggers spend your lives cowering in fear. Hiding under the bed with your guns. Fear fear fear.'

Precautions ≠ fear; despite any childish spew to the contrary. As a younger man, I did some competitive martial arts and always wore a mouthpiece & a cup. If one were childish enough, one could claim I did it out of fear: fear of losing some teeth; fear of having my testicles turned into jelly.

One can just as “reasonably” assert that those who deploy fire extinguishers in their homes & vehicles are cowering in fear. Fear of fire; fear of asphyxiating; fear of the agonized shrieking as you & your loved ones are burned alive. It must be terrible to live with that kind of fear.

The reality is that most people recognize that life doesn't always go as planned. Some make preparations to deal effectively with those eventualities if they occur. Those precautions can (but don't have to) include a mouthpiece, a fire extinguisher, a helmet, a Mr. Yuk sticker, a seat belt, and yes – even a gun. It's each individual's choice to make. Choosing against any of those precautions is up to you, and I don't hold those choices against you. I certainly don't sling schoolyard 'fraidy cat' insults if I happen to disagree with the choice you are entitled to make. That may be the biggest difference between my side and theirs; and it says more about them than they know.

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Brian Kotowski 5 months, 1 week 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 5 months, 1 week 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 5 months, 1 week 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 5 months, 1 week 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 5 months, 1 week 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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