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Old 05-28-2010, 04:07 PM
 
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Okay, how weird is this? Some guy that I knew years ago in California comes out to Colorado for the first time on vacation and immediately gets robbed at gunpoint at Garden of the Gods. And then I find this article in the paper:

Tourists Robbed in Garden of the Gods

What a horrible way to start a vacation. What a strange way to get in touch with an old acquaintance.

 
Old 05-28-2010, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I'm so sorry this happened. I'm glad to NOT hear he was hurt. (I assume he is ok?)
 
Old 05-28-2010, 04:25 PM
 
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That is truly disheartening news.
 
Old 05-28-2010, 05:57 PM
 
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I'm so sorry this happened. I'm glad to NOT hear he was hurt. (I assume he is ok?)
yeah, he's fine. little poorer and a bit shaken up, but fine.
I told him ext time he wants to get back in touch with me, just use facebook.
 
Old 05-28-2010, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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And to think that a few people I know still don't understand why I religiously carry my .40 cal Walther PPS even while biking in town...and even while mowing my lawn.

A guy here on the north end of town was stabbed by a robber while smoking a cigarette in his own front yard a few months ago. Another guy got carjacked on the wrong end of a 12 ga. shotgun getting out of his car in his driveway. So a tourist in Garden of the Gods doesn't have any special claim to expectations of safety in the world we live in now.
 
Old 05-28-2010, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Falcon
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Maybe the cops could break away for a few minutes from their speeding ticket writing to actually fight some real crime?
 
Old 05-28-2010, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Out in the Badlands
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Amen postal
 
Old 05-30-2010, 12:08 AM
 
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yeah. I got a speeding ticket the other day. I was doing 55 in a 45. I guess I was breaking the law, my bad.

I started paying more attention to speed limit signs and adjusting the speed control to be just 3 miles over the limit. I also do not give in the the peer pressure exerted by the person riding my tail. Although as they pass me in anger i can't help to think, "Hey there goes my scout. Find all the troopers for me".

Police officers cannot be everywhere. Who would think of being robbed in your front yard or at the Garden of the Gods. Bob has a point about legally carrying a gun to protect ourselves and our families. With kids, I am just afraid of having one around my house. That is probably do to my lack of experience with fire arms.
 
Old 05-30-2010, 12:26 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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With kids, I am just afraid of having one around my house. That is probably do to my lack of experience with fire arms.
You can get training to become familiar and comfortable with a firearm. And as far as kids, there are a wide variety of locking gun boxes and other types of locks that will keep kids from your guns, although teaching them and removing the seductive mystery is important, too (important even if you don't keep guns in the house since they could come across guns at a friend's house where the parents may not be as careful as you would be)

People like to throw stats around, but there are other dangers in the house that you never hear about in such discussions...how many kids are electrocuted, fall on knives/tools, backed over by cars, poisoned with household chemicals and insecticides...in fact far more children die of drowning in swimming/wading pools and tubs than are injured by guns in the home. The properly-secured guns aren't the ones you read about in the papers, anyway.
 
Old 05-30-2010, 12:47 AM
 
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Thanks Bob for the encouragement. I hear an automatic may be better around the house because it can be hard for small children to chamber the first round. I think i will look into gun training. I would not like to be found in a situation in my own home and not be able to protect my family.
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