Mary Parker listening to the voters in state House race
Yes, Justin Everett won the Republican primary; however, he will soon fall far behind my candidate, Mary Parker.
There is no “typical” Democratic platform, just Republican rhetoric. The day I met Mary Parker was when she knocked on my door and actually asked “me” what issues were my greatest concern. Parker has genuine integrity and the ability to lead Coloradans in a time when face-to-face contact with voters is of the utmost importance.
When we vote in November, “IT MATTERS!”
Steps must be taken to prevent copycat shooters
All it takes is a micro-switch on the door and a relay to the lighting controls to make the house lights come on in a theater when the emergency door is opened. I think clip capacity is a reasonable request of responsible gun owners (maybe nine) because at least intended victims stand a three-second chance to “move” when a clip has to be replaced even in high-velocity assault weapons. In WWII, Germans learned to listen for an empty clip hitting the ground to attack; our men carried an empty clip to toss to make the sound, and sometimes that outwitted the enemy on the battlefield.
My current concern is the prevention of copycats. Aurora Police Chief Daniel Oates and his officers did their jobs well and acted swiftly, not knowing the killer would give up because his weapon failed. The arresting officer had the restraint to not kill the suspect. Some of us presume we might have given the killer a permanent right to remain silent. But information is abundant to “prove” this case, although insanity is what some folks will call evil. Still, we might learn something from a killer. The Columbine true confessions known as the “basement tapes” were never made public because there was no killer to try.
Oates has made headlines for restricting information about the preparations of the killer. Yet some of that information also is necessary to try and prevent copycats. It is not enough for officers of the law to know, but not the public, about “red flags” that we are hearing about. Many reports have surfaced from those who wish they had said something to authority when they saw something suspicious. The combined tips might have led to an intervention. It is a new concept to some in law enforcement to collect and consider synergistic, or “compiled meaning,” tips from the public. We must.
Our society must evolve toward a reasonable ethic of reporting incidents that individually might seem odd but collectively, when reported to an authority, could lead to a court order. Remember, Jeffco lied for years about the search warrant that had been prepared, but not acted upon, for the home of killer Eric Harris.
We have to get ahead of the violence when possible. Those trained to react when violence erupts have gotten better since Columbine. That is not good enough.