November 06, 2015
Officers didn't respond until after the first shots rang out at 8:55 a.m.
At 8:55 a.m., Harpham gunned down a passing bicyclist, Andrew Alan Myers, 35. Officers were then told to stop what they were doing and respond.
Armed with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a .357 revolver and a 9mm pistol, Harpham continued the rampage. He killed Jennifer Vasquez, 42 and Christy Galella, 35, before dying in a shootout with Colorado Springs police.
How does a LEO know when an "open carry" fanatic is discovered to be a potential "mass murder"?
Answer, He doesn't.
"You legalize it to be OK to carry a gun - and the hard part of that is it only takes moments to level the barrel of a gun and shoot someone," Jackson said. "So these weapons are there legally. Many people can legally carry them. And sometimes really bad things happen."Exactly.
This is just one of the reasons why I don't appreciate people abusing the "open carry" law, which they seem to do for the sole purpose of performing "in your face" demonstrations.
Or, in other words: "I do this, because I can, and you can't stop me."
It's impossible for a LEO to know the difference between a protester, and a murderer, until the blood runs in the gutters.
That's not acceptable.
Guys, I understand that the new laws make it permissible to "open carry" but you have a responsibility to your community. "Making a legal point" is no excuse for creating a disturbance.
Legitimate "Open Carry" was not evolved so you could prance around with a rifle on your shoulder; it was created so that you could just do normal "stuff". Deliberately flaunting firearms is not the way to convince "other people" that you are a responsible gun-owner
And so, when a certifiable maniac shows up looking exactly like a "right to carry protester", there is no way for police to tell the difference between a capering protester (like you) and a legitimate threat to public safety.
"Right To Carry" demonstrators are no longer just making the rest of the law-abiding firearms owners look bad.
They (YOU!) have muddied the waters so thoroughly that innocents are being killed without the police protection they deserve, because YOU (Yes, YOU!) have generated an environment where a murderer looks just like you.
So, I'm asking you to down-grade your rhetoric; because you're not making things better, you're making things worse.
If you were the kind of people that I enjoy sharing range-time with, I would not have to spell it out to you like this.
But you're not. You don't even realize how your political activities make it easier for a mass murderer to hid himself among the smoke-screen you create, so he can do the things which you would never do; which is to say, he can murder people because folks think he's just another over-toe-top protester:
"You legalize it to be OK to carry a gun - and the hard part of that is it only takes moments to level the barrel of a gun and shoot someone," Jackson said. "So these weapons are there legally. Many people can legally carry them. And sometimes really bad things happen."
You're a bunch of idiots with guns, and even *_I_* don't want to be associated with you!