Brian Kotowski

Brian Kotowski 3 weeks, 1 day ago on Dog owners raise concerns about leash law enforcement as city considers upping fines

For every responsible owner in Steamboat, there are 10 pinheads. Double or triple that during the season when the brain dead 20 something transients decide it'd be cool to have a dog in 'dog town.'

When I still lived in Steamboat proper, there was a significant dog at large problem in our neighborhood. I and the other responsible owners often felt we were taking fire from Animal Control that should have been directed at the pinheads. We ultimately decided to ally with AC. We detained dogs at large for retrieval, and occasionally delivered them to Critter Court ourselves. The dog at large problem in our neighborhood disappeared in short order, and so did the complaints filed with AC.

While I've had no recent dealings with AC, I've always found them to be professional, even when I've disagreed with them. Enforcing the relevant provisions is part of their job description. We don't get to pick and choose which parts of town they patrol, any more than which stretches of road/highway/interstate law enforcement deploys their radar guns. Get over it.

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Brian Kotowski 4 weeks, 1 day ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

Guy shoots into a crowd at a nightclub. One of his targets has a CCW and takes the shooter down.

How unfortunate the good guy was too fearful to have left his gun at home. It would have been so much better to have been unarmed and hoped for the best.

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Brian Kotowski 1 month ago on Ken Collins: A scary scenario

Gun control isn't the answer. We already know how to stop the violence

"...I'll start with the Clinton years and remind everyone that it wasn't the Brady Bill or the Assault Weapons ban that made the real difference. It was the increased funding to police departments from his 1994 crime bill that showed real progress. I was on the White House lawn that day in October, 1994 when President Clinton was joined by an army of police chiefs and mayors to announce the $200 million being released to put 100,000 more cops on the streets. It's not clear just how close the Clinton Administration came to reaching that 100,000 number, but the message the funding sent had almost as much of an effect as however many new cops actually hit the streets...

...Clinton's successor, President George W. Bush, saw similar successes with boosted funding for the FBI to go after gun runners and then his "Project SAFE" program in his second term aimed at prosecuting criminals who used guns. Project SAFE alone got more than $1.5 billion from the Bush administration. Violent crime fell sharply during the Bush years, even when compared with the already falling crime numbers under President Clinton.

But at the end of the Bush years, the focus shifted from gun prosecutions to new regulations. That was probably the result of Republicans losing control of Congress in the 2006 midterms and the Bush domestic agenda was gutted..."

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Brian Kotowski 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month 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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