mark hartless

mark hartless 3 days, 21 hours ago on Monday event in Steamboat aims to spread awareness about gun violence

The "one thing" we can do??? ONE?

We could also carry guns to college, get rid of "gun-free" zones where most of this type of carnage occurs, aggressively use the death penalty, make prison really hard, decrease the time between conviction and execution, confiscate criminals' property and distribute to victims, stop bashing cops and calling them racists, stop marching and chanting in support of thugs who meet their deserved demise, stop pretending there is no place called Chicago, stop writing laws that protect criminals at the expense of their victims and society, etc, etc, etc.

But no... can't do any of that. In fact, let's do the OPPOSITE and see what happens...


mark hartless 4 days, 12 hours ago on Monday event in Steamboat aims to spread awareness about gun violence

I agree that registration and background checks have benefits.

One could easily argue, however, that government growth and usurpation causes people who have longer attention spans to eventually dig in their heels and just say "I don't care WHAT it is, I'm AGAINST it."

I think you'd have to admit that the pervasive incrimentalism of the past, on every front, is a valid reason to distrust government with ANYTHING.


mark hartless 4 days, 21 hours ago on Ben Beall: Land use rules help all

The Routt County Master Plan, as I have been informed on other aspects, is a "living document".

There are indeed benefits to having a restrictive land use code which forces property to be set aside for scenic, agricultural and other quaint uses. Those benefits go to other property owners who see their land values buoyed by government-mandated scarcity of developable land. benefits "trickle down" to others who enjoy the wide open spaces funded at other peoples expense.

Those seeking affordable housing, however, see little benefit, other than the wonderful view of hay meadows they will never be able to afford.


mark hartless 4 days, 22 hours ago on Monday event in Steamboat aims to spread awareness about gun violence

I was pondering Steve's last questions a bit more last night, about background checks and gun registration. (Also note he has not answered my question on how either of those, when applied to me, would cut the murder rate in Chicago)


If you're still reading I have a very candid , earnest answer. It's nothing new or profound, but it is as sure to garner ridicule this time as it almost always has.

Here goes:

Because registration and background checks lead to government abuse. Because government uses such things as tools for manipulation and for targeting.

Gun owners fear government will use a registration to harass gun owners, especially those who advocate for smaller government. They know it is effectively an address book of where to send the jack-booted thugs on collection/confiscation/ "generous buyback" day.

They further fear that government will set parameters of who ought to own a gun based on draconian and despotic standards which would, once again, become a method of preventing people from owning guns who might use them against a tyrannical government. For instance, it's not a huge leap from calling "climate deniers" crazy, to calling them "too crazy to be trusted with guns". It's not far-fetched to expect anyone who protests outside an abortion clinic to be labeled a "domestic terrorist" and have their home declared a "gun-free zone".

Now, I know your response because I've heard it before: "Why that's just paranoia. Nothing like that will ever happen.".

Problem is, with progressives and their "Living Constitution", everything that was "never going to happen"... eventually HAPPENS... and the time frame from "never" to "HAPPENED" is compressing rapidly. "Maestro, some examples please."

In no particular order: Social security numbers were "NEVER" going to be used for identification.

In 1872 the marginal tax rate was 2.5%. In 1913 the rates were spread from 1% to 7%.By 1917 the top rate was... wait for it.. . 67%! And the very next year it was 77%. It never dropped below 70% again till Ronald Reagan and today is still above 30%.

A few years ago that IRS was used to bully and intimidate those preceived by government to be a threat to their agenda.

With Roe v. Wade, abortion became legal it was restricted to certain trimesters and was not to be funded by government. Two days ago CNN reported that Planned parenthood had a $127 million surplus but still fights tooth and nail for my tax-dollars. With all the government promises, we went from rare abortions unfunded by taxpayers, to taxpayer-funded abortions of viable babies and to selling their body parts to the highest bidder.

I could drag medicare, the EPA, OSHA, and a million other examples of incrementalism out as examples, but I think I've made my point.

The answer is that gun owners have longer memories than progressives would like.


mark hartless 5 days, 8 hours ago on Fall drives less expensive this year in Northwest Colorado

It's not the proximity of a refinery, but the fact that the same number of them exist today as 40 years ago, that makes your gasoline $2.50 instead of $1.16.

You could have BOTK your protection of a heavy suv AND cheap fuel prices, if Americans just voted to utilize what is in the earth beneath us.


mark hartless 5 days, 9 hours ago on Woman arrested after DUI crash

And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is the PERFECT example of trial lawyer mumbo-jumbo that makes a mockery of the American Justice system.

Drunk is DRUNK... until lawyers get involved...

This is the progressive left's version of "Corporations are individuals".