About That Broncos Game Gun Protest…

Photos emailed to us from yesterday's Gun Rights Across America protest at the state capitol in Denver, which occurred just before yesterday's AFC Championship game between the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots, would seem to reinforce the idea that the timing of this event was less than ideal.

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In response to a brief Denver Post blog post mentioning the rally's difficult timing, the national Gun Rights Across America organization responded indignantly–where are your priorities, Denver?

Dear Denver Post:

Since you feel that football is more important than standing up for our nations rights, we truly hope your Broncos get their asses kicked. [Pols emphasis]

Sincerely,

GRAA

P.S. We're still coming. See y'all in a few hours.

In maximum fairness to the organizers of yesterday's protest, there is one photo on their Facebook page in which we were perhaps able to make out fifty people in attendance. Organizers estimate 200, but there is simply no evidence to support anything near that count. And in a Facebook post today, GRAA-Colorado lashes out at their "supporters" for the poor attendance:

Paleaseee, quit sending me messages about the rally was not advertised enough or that it was not scheduled properly. This has been in the works for almost a year. Im tired of your excuses when we all know your decision was to watch the football game over your gun rights. If it makes feel good about your decision quit whining to us that you did not attend because it was scheduled wrong. I have been attacked for over a week by my so called patriot gun owning brothers on here and id like you to quit whining now. The true patriots were at the rally standing up for their rights. And dont while about your politicians anymore, they were there yesterday also speaking. As far as I Am concerned if you werent sick, at work, etc, i dont want to hear yiur excuses anymore about your gun rights…

Better luck next time, we guess. Also, the Broncos are headed to the Super Bowl.

52 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Ralphie says:

    How to win friends and influence people…

  2. DavieDavie says:

    So who was the illiterate buffoon that wrote that FB posting?  I mean Jeez, can't they even spell "Puh-leeze" correctly?

     

  3. bullshit!bullshit! says:

    I'm trying to imagine a more effective way to alienate Coloradans than to say "I hope your Broncos get their asses kicked" right before they win the AFC championship.

    Really, fuck these worthless gun nuts. Say that shit in the south stands sometime.

    • langelomisteriosolangelomisterioso says:

      Except one of these nitwits would likely come into the south stands packing and if anyone said something they'd probably bust a cap on them.If you can get killed by a retired cop for texting in a theater there's no telling what might happen with an idiot packing a firearm in the emotion-drenched environment of the South Stands.

       I guess it figures our friend N3bbish wouldn't be around to comment on this travesty. Almost all the efforts of groups like this show an absence of common sense and the capacity for embarrassment. Lacking such you know they'll never quit but are gluttons for punishment which they'll try to turn into them being oppressed by serious attacks on their right to kill someone. I check(online) through Denver's lone remaining daily from time to time and did not see any mention of this event. I particularly liked the guy in the gorilla mask.

    • marklane1351 says:

      I agree! How about them Broncos. Whether your politics are red or blue in this state, you have to bleed oarnge and blue!

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    hmmmm . . . I would have expected at least a couple of three-cornered hats !!!  

    (I guess that conspiracy to keep New England fans out of Mile High stadium  – and, you all do know, that is its name –  failed about as miserably as this rally!?!)

    . . . . Or maybe, just maybe, since no one's 2nd amendement rights have been infringed or violated in Colorado, there weren't more than a handful of gun displayers who had any reason to waste any part of a marvelously sunny Colorado January Sunday afternoon ??!!??

    But, for sure, these rally organizers are unquestionbly top-notch professionals . . .

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      I didn't know you could be a professional moron…

      I learn something every day.

    • marklane1351 says:

      The Second Ammendment does not gaurantee a civilian the right to bear arms. It does not forbid it either. It addresses militias. If you remember history class. The British were  invading around that time and people thought they should have guns to shoot at British Soldiers. They also used them for hunting and your musket or pistol fired a ball bearing. If you were quick you could load and fire one ball bearing in 15 to 20 secconds. There was now 30 round magazine or armor  piercing rounds! Besides if you cannot hit what you are aiming at with 15 rounds you shouldn't own a gun! Go to the range, borrow a gun and learn how to aim. Then buy a gun.

      • Curmudgeon says:

        Actually, Mark, I'm pretty sure the Second Amendment does precisely that….guaranteeing civilians the right to bear arms.  I have no problem with that. I'll laugh at the gun-suckers as much as the next guy, but their ridiculous, dangerous, and often lethal antics aren't stemming from a made-up belief. It is, after all.. a fact.

      • dustpuppydustpuppy says:

        Under the scenario, the only gun allowed under 2A would be muskets and hand-loaded guns. I approve.

         

        Semi-auto and automatic pistols/rifles/machine guns – I don't approve.

        It's past to redefine 2A to make it even more stricter on who can own guns. By that, I mean only qualified law enforcement. Not every moron can understand how to handle guns properly.

  5. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    This is Victor Head, Garcia, Nick Andrasik – the Basic Freedom Defense Fund and Pueblo Freedom and Rights people, without Jennifer Kerns from Americans for Prosperity doing the slick media work.

    Gun Rights Across America  / Protect the 2nd Amendment appears to be these local guys forming a chapter of a (wannabe) national organization that aimed to have a rally on Jan 19 in all 50 states. They would like to be competitive with Dudley Brown's 9 million national money behemoth, National Association for Gun Rights. There's lots of money in "gun rights" organizations – fearful, paranoid members apparently spend to feel "safe".  It's a lucrative fundraising/ business model.

    That's why our local gunzos tried to do a rally on Jan 19.  So far, their efforts in media contact and competing with Brown's groups for legislative influence seem to be backfiring. wink

     

  6. horseshit GOP front grouphorseshit GOP front group says:

    Petty squabbling, fingerpointing and poor event planning are all signs of a well oiled political machine.  These folks are top shelf.

  7. Diogenesdemar says:

    Can anyone see what that post-it-note on the back of the Tancredo supporter says?

  8. dwyer says:

    Miracles do happen.  Is it possible that somehow, someway, the sleeping dem giant has awaken and there is a mole in that organization that planned this whole thing for kickoff time…..

    Call me a dreamer.

  9. DaftPunkDaftPunk says:

    Did you ever wonder how much these so called "patriots" cared about any other constitutional amendments?  Read the comments about the recent botched execution in Ohio to get a sense of people's respect for the eighth.  It's just blood-lust.

  10. BlueCat says:

    Maybe it would have helped if anyone's second amendment rights actually had been violated. 

  11. dustpuppydustpuppy says:

    These gun people who attended the gun stroking fest should be identified as clearly mentally ill and needs to be sent to the mental institution, immediately.

    The GRAA can go bite me.

  12. BlueCat says:

    Where are our rightie posters? Too embarrassed to comment?

  13. VoyageurVoyageur says:

    Only a bunch of stinking Communists would rally at the Capitol during a Broncos game and root that the Broncos get their asses kicked.  Send these pinko creeps to Guantanamo and tell them to pick up the soap!

  14. Robb says:

    They're such a detriment to their own cause, *I* want to send them money, just so they keep it up. 

  15. CaninesCanines says:

    There must be a connection between voting for "instate tuition for illegals" and gun rights. However, I'm not sure I'm making the link.

  16. horseshit GOP front grouphorseshit GOP front group says:

    All they see is a black guy who they think wants to take away their guns, and Mexicans they think are taking away all our tax money and jobs.  It dosen't matter if its true or not; it justifies their hatred.  Just pure irrational racism.

  17. SisserooSisseroo says:

    Would love to have these people answer one question: the only people who lost their gun "rights" were people convicted of domestic violence or have a diagnosis of serious mental illness.  So by saying YOU lost your rights, are you claiming to fit into one of those two populations?

    Obama's been in office now for 6 years.  How many G-men have shown up at your door to a) take your guns or b) stop you from going to church?

    Seriously, people!  Quit letting these people play on your emotions!

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      I had the occasion to ask Mesa County sheriff Stan Hilkey how many gun confiscations he knew of….he, of course, said "none" and distanced himself from the claim.

    • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

      Good questions to ask. Keep in mind that mentally ill people, people with domestic violence convictions or are under a DV restraining order (Thanks, Evie Hudak!) are not necessarily losing their existing guns….that is, nobody's coming to confiscate them. ( Except under rather rare circumstances: the individual is making a present  credible threat to harm him/her self or others, has means to do it, and has been judged mentally ill by a court). Even under those rare circumstances, a mentally ill person can still get their guns or weapons back, usually within months.

      So it's only when people fitting these criteria attempt to buy a gun, and have to go through the background check, that they are denied.

      As much as the right wing likes to distract from serious debate about guns by asking, "What about mental health?" we should remember that they always deny funding to mental health clinics and programs. Stout St  Clinic in Denver used to have a psychiatrist available on a walk-in basis; now they don't. Budget cuts.

      20 million has been allocated by the legislature last year (HB 1396), and a panel of experts is reviewing involuntary commitment laws.   I doubt if the people who like to yell, "Freedom!" are truly going to be in favor of any involuntary commitment laws, or gun seizures from a mentally ill person who is threatening his/her community.

    • ajb says:

      When you've got a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

    • DavieDavie says:

      The key issue with guns is that when they are readily at hand, they enable the tragic consequences of impulsive behavior:

      A 2001 study from the University of Texas-Houston found that a quarter of survivors of near-lethal suicide attempts had contemplated killing themselves for less than five minutes before acting. For half, it was less than 20 minutes.

      Gunzos claim that someone suicidal (or homicidal) would simply choose another weapon.  Ok, show me how preventing untold thousands of impusive violent gun deaths is a bad thing if they had to, you know, think and plan for more than a few minutes about their options?

      • BlueCat says:

        I'm sure many impulsive acts could be prevented but only by actually taking away our right to privately own and keep guns and that's not going to happen.  None of the legislation that has recently passed does that, no matter what the gun nuts, say so it pretty much doesn't matter in practical terms whether lack of access to guns increases impulsive suicides and homicides or not. At least it only matters in making personal decisions about whether to have guns around. We have a couple of guns (unloaded) around and it's not a problem.  

        Certainly we should beef up penalties for leaving loaded guns where little kids can get hold of them and blow each other away by accident. Parents should know that they will not only have to live with the loss and guilt if they let that happen but that they''ll be going away for a very long time.

        • DavieDavie says:

          I'm not a gun-grabber advocate.  But I'd support just about any measure that slows down or prevents the sale of weapons that in all likelihood won't be used in self-defense, but have a significant probability of being misused, either in a crime, accidentally or in the heat of passion.

          This isn't the Wild West, and a good home alarm system is cheaper and a heck of a lot safer than a gun for home defense for anyone other than someone in a high risk (drug dealer, law enforcement, etc.) profession.

    • dustpuppydustpuppy says:

      Also, being incredibly stupid when it comes to guns.

       

  18. notaskinnycooknotaskinnycook says:

    Lead story in tomorrow's Denver Pest (sic): 

    • A man fatally shot his stepmother and seriously wounded his father before killing himself late Monday during a family dispute at a home in Indian Hills, authorities and relatives said.

    • Here's the recipe from Republican land.: Mix one domestic quarrel, one explosive temper, and a firearm in the house, stir untl mixture comes to a rolling boil and serve on EMT's gurney.

    •  
    • BlueCat says:

      It's not really fair, much as I'd like to, to blame this incident on gun nuts as there is really nothing in recently passed or proposed legislation that could have prevented this if the gun used was obtained legally. If mental health issues were involved, that really isn't effectively addressed in our gun safety legislation. There is a lot of resistance on patient privacy grounds, for instance, to putting people on lists or confiscating legally obtained firearms because a person has sought  or is undergoing treatment.

      Knee jerk blaming of every instance of gun violence on the other side isn't going to get us anywhere. It just makes us look as irrational as the gun nuts to those persuadables in the middle.

  19. dustpuppydustpuppy says:

    Oh look, another school shooting. This time, in Oklahoma.

     

    It's gone insane.

    • BlueCat says:

      I support reasonable gun control but I suggest temporing the knee jerk response 

      From CNN site:

      (CNN) – The University of Oklahoma in Norman briefly shut down Wednesday after a report of a possible shooting.

      No evidence has been found of any shots being fired, and no injuries are reported, school spokeswoman Catherine Bishop said.

      After telling students to shelter in place for more than 30 minutes, the school announced that normal campus operations had resumed — except at Gould Hall, the site of the reported shooting, "where additional checking is continuing," the school tweeted.

      Gould Hall houses the university's College of Architecture.

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