Caption This Photo (Brophy First Family Edition)

Just forwarded to us, this publicity shot of GOP gubernatorial candidate Greg Brophy and his lovely family. No, this is not a joke (as far as we know, anyway):

Make that Sen. Brophy's lovely, armed to the teeth family. Perhaps it will save money on security?

Caption away…

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  1. Ross Cunniff says:

    No caption – but it looks like the oldest daughter is poised to take out the youngest son's right knee if an accidental discharge occurs.

  2. DavieDavie says:

    Standing ready to defend Colorado against wayward road signs, mailboxes or street lights that threaten the American way of life.

    Just imagine the sniper's lair they could set up on the roof of the Governor's mansion…

  3. bullshit!bullshit! says:

    Yuma Neighborhood Watch!

    Too soon?

  4. DavieDavie says:

    Trivia question for the resident gun experts (esp. GiM).  I presume the daughters have 30 round magazines in what I take to be AR-15s.  Brophy's mag looks a little stumpy, but the assault rifle appears to be a larger caliber than the AR-15s.

    Any one know what Shorty's packing there?

    • Curmudgeon says:

      Boxy, looks like a Glock from here. Which would stand to reason, since the gun nuts love those damn things like hipsters love PBR.   Always been a Beretta fan, myself.

       

      • DavieDavie says:

        Shorty is Brophy ;-)

        His son's semi-automatic pistol looks like about a .380, but I really don't care.  Nor the pump-action shotgun his wife is holding.

        • Diogenesdemar says:

          Actually no, you really can't tell the caliber of that pistol from the downward (overhead) orientation it's being held at.  Although Glock does make a couple of pistols in the .380 caliber you mention, they began making those specifically for the South American market where shooters there are restricted to only using nonmilitary caliber weapons.  The much, much more popular Glock 9mms are also very small, but of that military caliber that the Brophy family appears to favor — 9mm would be my bet!

          The pump-action shotgun that momma is holding has an extended ("home defense/military") magazine tube — probably eight rounds.  It's not some mamby pamby hunting gun that would even be legal for waterfowl, or lightweight enought to be favored being carried afield by upland gamebird hunters.

          As for captioning that picture, IMHO, the only appropriate headline would seem to be:

           " YIKES !!! "

  5. Curmudgeon says:

    I won't say a word against the man's family.

    #1: I feel it's out of bounds, unless they do something Bristol Palin-esque.

    #2: They look like nice people,

    #3: It's not their fault he's crazy.

    • DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

      Agree 1,000%. Family should be off limits unless the candidate makes them a political issue. (And "look at my wonderful family" does not count as a political issue.)

      • ClubTwitty says:

        How about…"look at my wonderful, well-armed family… in the midst of a gun-safety inspired recall when I am running on guns as my top issue against John 'Bloomberg' Hickenlooper" ? 

        • Colorado PolsColorado Pols says:

          There is a key difference here — Brophy's campaign put this out themselves. They staged this photo op.

          • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

            Brophy himself put his family in the line of fire (so to speak) by staging and distributing this picture. His family are willing and, from the looks of things, enthusiastic participants.

            Open season on 'em, I'd say.

          • ClubTwitty says:

            Absolutely.  Guns–being a hot issue now–makes it 100% political.  I think its a fair take. 

            • Bicycle_Repairman says:

              All campaign photos of candidates with their families are politically motivated. So is it "open season" on all of them?

              • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

                This is not a family portrait…this is a political statement.

                Read it again, very slowly. See the difference?

                political statement…that is the salient difference.

                • Bicycle_Repairman says:

                  All campaign photos are political. All campaign ads are political.

                  Michael Bennet ran campaign ads feature his three little girls talking about how their Daddy was gonna fix Washington. Did that make his family fair game for verbal abuse? (Correct answer: no)

                  • ClubTwitty says:

                    No one here has been vicious re: shorty's family.  We are–obviously–allowed to make observations on a candidate's flier (or photo) without crossing whatever bright line you seem to be implicating someone in crossing…

                • Bicycle_Repairman says:

                  You're calling it a "political statement."  There are many reasonable advocates of gun rights who would simply view it as a "values statement," much in the same vein as a photo of a family going to church, or cleaning up litter in a community-service campaign, or volunteering at a soup kitchen. 

                  Now, to the mind of a virulent atheist, a photo of a candidate and his family going to church might constitute the invocation of a "hot political issue." And to some people, photos of Michelle Obama growing organic veggies with her kids in the White House garden would constitute the invocation of "hot" political issues.

                  … Um, wait … Would I be wasting my time to put any more effort into this comment? If history is any guide, yes, a complete waste of time. That's right, this is Colorado Pols, which means regardless of what I say or how well I say it, one or more of the regular trolls here are just going to spew their usual verbal diarrhea all over it anyway.

                  • James DoddJADodd says:

                    Only a psychopath would consider that photograph a "values statement."

                  • ClubTwitty says:

                    Poor BR.  Another conservative victim.  Why bother trying to make an argument, as perfect and error-proof and awesome as it is, with this bunch of libruls?  Why…they are likely to disagree despite its awesomeness.  Boo!

                  • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

                    That's right, this is Colorado Pols, which means regardless of what I say or how well I say it, one or more of the regular trolls here are just going to spew their usual verbal diarrhea all over it anyway.

                    I have a suggestion to help ease your discomfort…

                    Go away…don't come back. Your asinine moralizing is senseless and you add nothing of value to the conversation. You have my permission to leave us wallowing in our "librulness".

                    BTW…"virulent" is not an appropriate adjective for atheism. You should look up the definition of words before you use them.

                     

                    • ClubTwitty says:

                      Yeah, we're all complicit trolls since we disagree with you and point out you're a whiner for complaining we don't see how 'well-reasonede' (and AWESOME!) your comments are.  Seriously. 

                  • AristotleAristotle says:

                    …a photo of a candidate and his family going to church might constitute the invocation of a "hot political issue."

                    Depends. If it's a boring regular church like most, no one would be bothered. If it were Westboro Baptist Church, that would be different.

                    …photos of Michelle Obama growing organic veggies with her kids in the White House garden would constitute the invocation of "hot" political issues.

                    Many already do. Example one, example two.

                    … Um, wait … Would I be wasting my time to put any more effort into this comment? If history is any guide, yes, a complete waste of time. That's right, this is Colorado Pols, which means regardless of what I say or how well I say it, one or more of the regular trolls here are just going to spew their usual verbal diarrhea all over it anyway.

                    A self fulfilling prophecy. How about always playing nice, no matter what happens to you?

          • DavidThi808DavidThi808 says:

            It's a grey area, I'll give you that. But I'd still leave it alone. Family pictures for politicians almost always have political overtones.

            • AristotleAristotle says:

              They're making a political statement, Dave. This isn't your typical "look at my wonderful family" photo. Not that gray at all.

            • Gilpin Guy says:

              Oh for heavens sake David.  What if the caption was "We're hunting for unarmed black teenagers wearing hoodies with our high powered assault weapons who might be in the neighborhood".

              Where the fuck is your sense of humor over this joke of a candidate and his "macho" family?

    • nancycronk says:

      They look like nice people? What? Do you not see the guns?

      I agree families are off limits, but just look at Brophy. There's a nut if I ever saw one.

  6. MADCO says:

     It—is—not—fire—devils, dark, or anything, But bootsbootsbootsboots—movin' up an' down again

     

     

     

  7. Craig says:

    After what he's said, I have no qualms about going against his family.

    How about:

     

    That boy has a gun in his pants?  No really.

    The rest of them look so normal.

    I think he has a big gun because of a certain lack elsewhere.

    The Muensters, 2013 style.

    I figured out a way to keep my kids from dating.

    At least this keeps you guys from looking at my women's cleveage.

    Vote for me, or else.

    Vote for me for Governor, of West Virginia.

    The girls, just props.

    She was dead drunk and blind when we got married.

    Merry Christmas from the Brophy's 2012.  None of that happy holidays shit, you heare me boy.

    Who's that taller man with those beautiful people?

     

    I'm done now.  Asshole.

  8. yameniyeyameniye says:

    The rambo-wannabe has now set the definition for sh@t eatting grin.  That weapon would put his scrawny butt on the ground if he did not tie himself to Buck.  What is funny is when I held my M-16 it did not look big against my body.

  9. Gilpin Guy says:

    Junior looks like he is aiming to shoot himself in the foot.  That really seems to appropriate metphor for Borphy's quest.

  10. Gilpin Guy says:

    I also noticed the complete lack of any kind of actual you know "hunting" weapons.  This clan looks like they are straight out of a Deliverance survivalist movie.

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      The pump action shotgun is actually a hunting weapon, but certainly not the other four.

      • ClubTwitty says:

        Mrs. Brophy harvest the squirrels, and the others 'harvest' the watermelons. 

      • DavieDavie says:

        Brophy's assault rifle looks to be at least a .308 cal.  But I wouldn't be surprised if he has something like this to get the old testosterone boost he needs:

        Alexander Arms 50 Beowulf Entry
        Alexander Arms was founded in 2001 and is most known for the .50 Beowulf cartridge designed by its founder, Bill Alexander. The Alexander Arms 50 Beowulf Entry is, essentially, an AR-15 adapted to fire that .50 caliber cartridge. This hard-hitting power dramatically alters this rifle from other AR-15 type firearms, while retaining the easy handling and rapid-fire accuracy of the platform. One reviewer described it as, "A lightweight, handy, semi-auto .45/70 but with a larger diameter bullet and greater velocity."

        Advantages: Provides heavy-hitting power at short to medium ranges in a handy carbine-sized package — 7 pounds (without magazine, accessories), 31 inches overall length with collapsible stock — that is ideal for tracking big game in dense woods and heavy brush. It operates at a relatively low pressure compared to standard ARs, so it is reliable, and it features a flat-topped upper receiver ready for a wide range of optics.
        MSRP: $1,197.
        Website: http://www.alexanderarms.com

        http://www.outdoorlife.com/photos/gallery/guns/rifles/centerfire/2011/11/20-best-semi-automatic-rifles-big-game-hunting?photo=9#node-1001350874

         

  11. ClubTwitty says:

    Utah Invasion Force–Green River Tactical Melon Squad.

  12. skeptical citizen says:

    Northern Colorado 2nd Amendment Militia

     

  13. kickshot says:

    Brohy's Trophies – how to hide behind your family

  14. Bicycle_Repairman says:

    You people would be whining from the hilltops if Republicans were similarly making fun of a campaign photo of Obama with his wife and kids.

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      Give it up, loser. There is no equivalency on that score. These people posed with the guns. They are asking for a response.

      The avalanche of crude insulting graphics aimed at the Obamas could fill a very large book. Not even close.

      I am curious, though.You write pretty well. How come your thinking is so fucked up?

       

    • ClubTwitty says:

      Yeah, if the Obama were all dressed as hosptial staff, say, inthe middle of the ACA debate…nothing political in that statement, huh?  Its a posed picture with a bunch of milatary style weaponry when that is the single issue he is hoping to ride to the Governorship.  Sorry, I am glad to see you back–whoever you may be–but that doesn't mean I have to like the taste of your weak sauce. 

      • Bicycle_Repairman says:

        No, an equivalent scenario might be the Obamas with their two kids eating a healthy meal with no high-fructose corn syrup, etc., in connection with Michelle's advocacy for improved nutrition. For many Republicans, especially in corn-growing states, that would constitute injecting a "hot-button" political issue into the photo. So in a scenario like that, you would be OK with Republicans making fun of Sasha and Mllia in such a photo and making vulgar sexual comments about Michelle?

        • gertie97 says:

          Nobody is making fun of the kids, turkey. Nobody is making vulgar comments about Brophy's wife.

          You ever heard of the apples to apples concept?

           

          • Bicycle_Repairman says:

            Actually, in the post directly below this, a Pols regular suggested "MILF" as a caption for the photo of Brophy and his family, which is undoubtedly a vulgar sexual remark. But according to you guys, that's fair game because guns are weally scawy, or something like that, right?

        • ClubTwitty says:

          My analogy is better and I am hurt you spewed your 'verbal' (written actually) diarreah all over it.  WAH! 

  15. davebarnesdavebarnes says:

    Randy needs to get his shit together and get some photos out there.

  16. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    At least two of the people in this photo are under 18. They have no power over how their opportunistic politician father uses them to promote a "gun enthusiast" persona to appeal to that part of the electorate.  Even if the two daughters are both over eighteen, we all remember how we squirmed when Scott Brown attempted to appeal to his audience by "auctioning off" his daughter's eligibility for dates. These "family values" guys sure value their own families, at least for photo ops and audience appeal.

    I say, take on Brophy's policy positions, his absurd statements, his contradictions – he is fair game.

    But leave the children out of it.

     

  17. hawkeye says:

    Brophy is playing on public sentiment, especially among the Republican rank and file.  However, I expect Tancredo will present his own family portrait complete with semi-automatic weapons. 

  18. Early WormEarly Worm says:

    WOLVERINES! 

  19. Danny the Red (hair)Danny the Red (hair) says:

    I'm guessing a DPMS in 308 although it looks a little bigger (I don't know if anyone is making 338 lapua).  Don't know that it is a DPMS, but the furniture looks right.

    Wait I thought the new laws meant the government was going to take your guns?  Wait that wasn't true?

    BTW you have a lovely family.  Please teach them better muzzle discipline.

  20. James DoddJADodd says:

    Did anyone else notice the snow on the ground? This picture was taken during the winter – not recently. Perhaps, it was his Christmas card photo. That would be really sick. But ……..

  21. ajb says:

    Go ahead, vote for me. Make my day.

  22. Albert J. Nock says:

    What if I use my guns against government and other usurpers, to protect my right to; gay marriage, porn, fetish, drugs, low taxes, sound money, ethical markets, private property, religion and privacy?

     

     

    At the end of the day, Alexander Haig had it correct.

    “ Let them march, protest and even snarl, so long as they pay their taxes.”

  23. Sir RobinSir Robin says:

    Weird and sad is the caption I'd use.

     

    The militarization of our country is one of the biggest problems we have as a culture. I believe it skews justice (read Zimmerman), extracts way too much blood and treasure, allows fear based policies to grow in strength and number (perhaps the most scary thing) and generally destroys quality of life.

  24. Arvadonian1Arvadonian1 says:

    Well given the news today that the average is 5.6", from the looks of this picture Brophy's wife is lucky if he's packing 1.3"…..

     

  25. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    1. What is it about Brophy that brings out the worst in you people? This happened with the last Brophy post, too.

    2. Seriously, please stop with the MILF references. It's offensive. I don't care if you're a liberal, a conservative, or someone pretending to be either political persuasion, referring to accomplished, professional women as a MILF just says that accomplishments don't matter, it's what's between the women's legs that counts to virile, gun-knowledgeable studs like the boy's club here. Hyar Hyar. (Spit and crotch-scratch optional.)

    3. If you can't figure out why MILF references are offensive, or really want to debate it, then start another post about them goldurn ball-breaking feminists and why they just don't have no sense of humor, and I'm sure you'll get lots of hilarious comments.

    4. My sense of this place is that no one moderates or deletes anything (other than the spam). It's self-policing. It's also getting boring, repetitive, and sexist.

     

     

    • DavieDavie says:

      Mamajama55 — What brings out the worst in us regarding Brophy?  Recall his classless comments regarding Evie Hudak and Morgan Carroll?  That goes a long way for most of us.

      Yes the MILF comments are offensive, but see above, if you forgot about Greg's proclivities in that area.

      You are also correct that the Dead Guvs, with few exceptions (attempted outing of members) let the comments stand.  That has been a hallmark of this site since it's beginnings. That's about as libertarian as it gets.

      And once a post gets stale (and over about 30 or 40 comments), it almost inevitably degenerates past any pretense of civility.

    • Bicycle_Repairman says:

      Very well said, Mamajama.

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      mama,

      I understand that you, as a woman(and as a person), have a different sensibility from that of many of the assembled lunatics who post here. But, with respect, I think you are wrong about this assessment:

      …referring to accomplished, professional women as a MILF just says that accomplishments don't matter, it's what's between the women's legs that counts…

      The "boys club" is mostly just having fun with a moralizing troll. This site has historically been extremely supportive of womens' issues and, with the exception of some occasional off-color language (once again, mea culpa), generally pretty polite. Idiots like Bicycle_Repairman and Greg Brophy (probably the same person) stimulate a rather bloodthirsty (metaphorically speaking) response from some of the assembled. Forgive us…

      As Red Green and the rest of the guys at the "Moose Lodge" say…"I am a man…I can change…if I have to…smiley

       

      • ClubTwitty says:

        I understand why women find the comment 'MILF' offensive.  I would avoid it, and I did not endorse it complicitly or otherwise. El B.R. however is moralizing, and unintentionally humorous in sayin (paraphrased): "You all are a bunch of juvinile babies!  After dropping by to tell you all how offensive you are you dish it back!  WAH!  I'm taking my toys and leaving this sandbox…!" 

  26. ProgressiveCowgirlProgressiveCowgirl says:

    They look like a happy family having fun.

    However, I would not trust a fellow with gun safety laws who lets his children violate basic rules of gun ownership for a photo. My parents are NOT gun owners and I still knew by the age those girls are that if you are invited to hold a gun, even if it's unloaded you do not point it at any part of a person, animal, or piece of property unless you're okay with shooting that person, animal, or property.

    • roccoprahn says:

      Concur.

      What's scary is that the prevailing atmosphere among "gun enthusiasts" is a complete lack of understanding as to what a firearm is for and what it can do.

      We saw it with "negev". Now this "bicycle" guy. "nock" and "agop" as well reveal a naivete as to the deadly purpose of a firearm, particularly the types pictured in the ill advised aformentioned photo, held by individuals clearly unqualified to handle them and unconcience as to the angles the weapons are pointed at.

      The brophy family picture speaks volumes about ignorance, but it appeals to like minded extremists that focus purely on what they consider a "right" to own any firearm under any condition. Other posters have documented the ilk brophy's ass smooching with the clampett photo. One accurately described them as the "grumpy gun nut" demo.

      The degree of ignorance in the gun advocy community is frightening. The proof is in what the NRA considers "adequate training".

  27. Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

    It is VERY hard to keep track of this thread when you are drinking…

    so…there…

  28. Arvadonian1Arvadonian1 says:

    You know (opposing campaigns take note), if you crop the wife and kids out of the picture and just close in on Brophy's face, he looks rather crazed in this picture; add a bit of red shading, a couple of horns and flames to the background, and you have a Brophy-as-Satin picture to set off a hit piece.  The grin is what puts him over the top….

  29. yameniyeyameniye says:

    If the maroon thinks this is a good Christmas card or even campaign shot he is mistaken.  It may work for a few teabag votes, but for most of Colorado it shows he is a small road apple under a horses patooie.

     

  30. Jukefest99 says:

    How about: Brophy Family–A Couple Guns Short of a Militia

     

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