Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

State government

EDITOR:

If Brown, Steinberg, Leno and all the other Nazis under the dome in Sacramento have their way, this will be a news item in the future in the Mountain Democrat.

I can see it now, late at night I go to the kitchen to get some water when I hear the glass break in my front door. I grab my handgun that I always keep in a kitchen drawer, walk quietly to the hallway and turn on the light. I’m confronted by two armed thugs 5 feet inside my house. I open fire and hit both of them (I didn’t think to ask what they wanted). I remove their weapons and resist the temptation to blow their brains out as they lay there wounded. I call 911 and deputies show up within minutes, they phone for an ambulance (I didn’t think to do so). The deputies arrest them both for attempted armed robbery and burglary.

During their investigation the deputies learn that I had a loaded weapon in an unlocked drawer and they arrest me for not keeping my weapons locked up and not having my ammunition stored away from my weapons.

The thugs get a public defender and plea bargain to trespassing. They get one year probation.

I lose my house and life savings in legal fees and am found guilty. I get one year in the county jail, five years probation and can never own firearms again. The thugs sue me for violating their civil rights (the right to pursue happiness) and get a $500,000 judgement.

Isn’t this a wonderful state?

Postscript — still keep a loaded handgun in the drawer. An unloaded weapon is as useful as a drill with no drill bit.

ROBERT REILLY
Shingle Springs

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Discussion | 21 comments

  • Dink LaneAugust 13, 2013 - 1:23 pm

    Question: Did you say anything? Did they stop in their tracks? If they did, did you shoot them anyway? ............ We DEMAND that our POLICE officers think on their feet and not shoot us when they have us in their gun sites..... Once I heard someone in my house. I only had a Bat.... I picked it up and swung to hit the shadow..... Thank God I hear his voice....... It was my son. (If I'd had a gun I'd killed him.)..... He had NO idea that I thought he was a burglar. He could see me clearly. He didn't know I only saw him as a shadow.... We all think we know all the answers.... until we are faced with a situation that our Officers are PAID and TRAINED to face every day.....

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  • DB SmithAugust 13, 2013 - 4:17 pm

    Dink, even though it is your right to do so, I suggest that you never own a gun or a bat, especially if it's within reach of your ignorant little hands that are controlled by that ignorant little brain. Your family must live in fear.

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  • RobertAugust 21, 2013 - 8:10 am

    I second that motion. Dink, your an idiot.

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  • cookie65August 21, 2013 - 11:49 am

    Can I third the motion? How many people does it take to have someone committed?

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  • cookie65August 21, 2013 - 2:16 pm

    71 year old home owner shoots and kills intruder who turned out to be a wanted escaped fugitive who had already shot a Sheriff Deputy in Iowa. Dink would have baked him a cake. http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/08/21/homeowner-shoots-escaped-prisoner-in-southwest-iowa/

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  • Dink LaneAugust 21, 2013 - 2:45 pm

    We pay taxes to have police officers and deputies go through hours of training so they can protect us.. ..... they go through physiological exams..... EVERY TIME they are involved in a shooting..... BECAUSE shooting a person is NOT A GAME..... I fail to see why putting a gun makes a person -- suddenly smarter, strong, and faster...... Just ask the 3-CW owners within a few feet of the Gabby Gifford's shooting. Read what THEY said, how they almost shot each other, and couldn't get a clear shot.......... and that hesitation...... Cops go through years of training to avoid that hesitation..... It's called REAL LIFE....... What Mr. Reilly THINKS it will be like is far different in real life..... Ask any Vet back from Vietnam or our Iraq or Afghanistan vets. ...... When you point and shoot and that bullet doesn't hit what you were aiming at, where does it go? The neighbor's bedroom? The wife in the back room or kids headboard?...... It's not a MOVIE.... Gun are serious..... serious enough that Thomas Jefferson told his General in 1814, every man in the militia MUST be trained. If he didn't get the training he couldn't have the gun... but 200 years later in the era of FOX and Glenn Beck and we think any idiot should have a gun because he can scratch...

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  • Dink LaneAugust 21, 2013 - 3:08 pm

    NRA -- has a Database of EVERY gun owner, every person attending gun shows, and every person who buys ammo..... Now the NSA taps into their DATABASE..... presto-chango...... There's your Gun-registry that Sheriff Arpaio and D'Agostini has been railing against........ And you can thank the NRA

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  • Paddy O'furnitureAugust 21, 2013 - 5:01 pm

    I will.......fourth the motion.........Dink, you're a bleeping idget...........Any idea how many innocent people............get killed or injured by amateur, undertrained................cops..................every year?..................again, for emphasis.................you're a moron Dink............................. ....................................... .......................................

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  • robert reillyAugust 21, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    So Dink, in my scenario, if real, I should do nothing--possibly get killed along with my wife and children. You are an idiot. I will take my chances that I will hit my intended target rather than be a victim.

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  • Dink LaneAugust 21, 2013 - 7:08 pm

    Paddy -- you maybe right when you said: "You know how many innocent people are killed by amateur, untrained cops?".... Now put a store owner, or a truck-driver who goes hunting two-weeks out of the year and ask "How professional or trained are they compared to THAT cop?"..... Unless you've had a human being in your gun-site with your finger on the trigger, you guys are blowing smoke. I did in 68-69, and it changes you. I never went hunting after that. You guys are talking like those garret troop sitting in a Saigon bar, with your polished shoes telling everyone how brave you are until something explodes and you're on the floor with your face kissing your belly, trembling. You guys talk a good game, but you're only blowing smoke up.... well you know.

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  • Frank Barnes, Upper Grizzly FlatsAugust 22, 2013 - 9:23 am

    Dink - as a Marine I thank you for your service as a member of your community I applaud your bravery. It takes real guts to throw yourself & your family into the loving arms of the nanny state - you won't need firearms to protect yourself - everything from healthcare to perpetual finical assistance will be provided by your government. In your socialist utopia we will be free from FOX News & all harmful backsplash that comes from conservative self reliant thinking. We will have all day to wallow in our American self-loathing. We will discover that Bigfoot exists, Kanye West & Ray Nutting are the same person & most importantly, wait for it...... You are an idiot

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  • 1036-FrankAugust 22, 2013 - 9:42 am

    After all the work in Sac by the libs on passing the San Francisco values trans gender public school bathroom bill instead of locking up career criminals and increasing public safety, the ever Constitution destroying libs will soon be moving onto the gun bills, trying to ban lead ammo will be one of the bills to make it unavailable or cost prohibitive when other metals are used. They are also proposing banning many different legally owned guns for law abiding people and setting up fees for DOJ checks to buy ammo. At the same time the courts have ordered a release of an additional 10k career criminals on top of the 20k and as this dangerous horde of crime waves spread out throughout the state, the right to protect your home and family has never been more important.

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 10:03 am

    Did anyone else know that CERTs are part of a structure established in a chain under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. That is very interesting...and is a valid reason for research...I came across it because of Harper being on it now....

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 10:05 am

    Well which one are they with? http://www.us-cert.gov/

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 10:07 am

    The mission of the Citizen’s Corps is to harness the energy of individuals. The function of a CERT is to allow community individuals as a group to provide local assistance, to assist professional first responders, or be first responders as needed. CERTs are part of a structure established in a chain under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Each CERT comes under the authority of the local county Sheriff, or a fire department. In El Dorado County CERTs are supervised by the Sheriff. Functions include light search and rescue, staffing field search and rescue stations, traffic control at events, and some local training.

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 10:11 am

    Common Risks of Using Business Apps in the Cloud. http://www.us-cert.gov/sites/default/files/publications/using-cloud-apps-for-business.pdf

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 10:13 am

    citizen corp http://www.ready.gov/citizen-corps

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 10:17 am

    Well Harper you have branched out...CERT...FEMA http://www.fema.gov/

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  • Fran DuchampAugust 22, 2013 - 10:20 am

    http://www.ready.gov/....Im not sure that I would feel comfortable with Harper in charge of "saving" our community--she doesnt even know it. so will they only save the CEDAPP members?

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  • cookie65August 22, 2013 - 11:09 am

    Dink follows the yellow brick lemming road as if it glowed in the dark. Typical of leftist-think, what is good for him is good for all. He has no need to be armed so no one has any need to be armed. No different than the anti-meat crowd who don't want anyone to eat meat. Leftists are incapable of live and let live. They were placed on this earth to make all your choices for you. It is his honor to protect you from yourself. I wish he would set up a phone line so all the rest of us could call in and get our daily instructions on how to live.

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  • Dink LaneAugust 22, 2013 - 11:57 am

    I finally see where you guys went off the trail of common sense....... "Responsible Gun Ownership" =/= "NO" guns..... You guys need a course in "fallacies" and "Rational Arguments." Just because I don't think every fool who can scratch himself should have a gun, you LEAP to a 'maxim' that means "He's a liberal," "He doesn't own guns" and "He doesn't want anyone else to have guns." I think anyone who jump to facts --not said, nor connected to the discussion-- are the REAL fools. I'm done here.... No learning going with this thread. You guys remind me of teenage boys in a locker-room..

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