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Catch the bast*rd and lock him up. This violence coming from the progressives MUST STOP.
Don’t forget this madness:
From Fox News: In the wake of his vote to confirm Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday, Republican Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., revealed to Fox News on Sunday that his wife had received a graphic text message with a video depicting a beheading, and that someone has publicly posted the names and addresses of his family members.
Gardner announced his support for Kavanaugh in July, and reaffirmed it after reviewing the supplemental FBI report into uncorroborated sexual misconduct allegations against him.
Late last month, Gardner received a letter from an anonymous individual apparently in Denver, alleging that Kavanaugh had “shoved” someone up against a wall “very aggressively and sexually” during an outing in 1998 in front of four witnesses. The allegation was later deemed not to be credible.
“Every victim of abuse, assault, and violence has been through an unspeakable tragedy and we need to do a better job listening to them, ensuring support is available, and fighting to end abuse of any kind,” Gardner said in a statement prior to receiving the graphic text messages. “I hope that the partisan divide we all feel today does not hinder the people that have bravely come forward.”
Kavanaugh, his wife Ashley, and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford have also all received numerous death threats in recent days.
The apparent intimidation efforts follow reports from Capitol police that the Democratic congressional aide accused of publishing the private information (known as “doxxing”) of at least three Republican lawmakers last month also allegedly threatened to leak senators’ children’s health information if a witness told anyone about his activities.
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From Fox News: A new government watchdog group found that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facility in Denver violated policy by keeping improper wait lists to track mental health care that veterans received.
Investigators with the VA Office of Inspector General confirmed whistleblower and former VA employee Brian Smother’s claim that staff kept unauthorized lists instead of using the department’s official wait list system.
That made it impossible to know if veterans who needed referrals for group therapy and other mental health care were getting timely assistance, according to the report. The internal investigation also criticized record-keeping in PTSD cases at the VA’s facility in Colorado Springs.
Patients there often went longer than the department’s stated goals of getting an initial consult within a week and treatment within 30 days, investigators found. In one case, a veteran killed himself 13 days after contacting the clinic, which was supposed to see him within a week.
Investigators said the unofficial lists did not always identify the veteran or requested date of care, and they could not determine how many veterans were waiting to receive help and for how long, even with the help of staff at the facilities.
“My worst fears have been realized in this Inspector General’s report that Chairman Johnson and I demanded,” Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardener said in a statement. “It highlights even more VA mismanagement and lack of accountability in Colorado. This cannot happen again, and it’s time for the VA to finally wake up and ensure our men and women are getting the best care possible. I will continue to work with Chairman Johnson to ensure the accountability that somehow the VA refuses to accept.”
Smothers, who worked at the VA in Denver as a peer support specialist on the post-traumatic stress disorder clinical support team, informed Gardner and his fellow senator, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, last about the VA facilities in Denver and nearby Golden using wait lists for mental health services from 2012 until last September. Gardner (I think they mean Smothers here) resigned from his post at the VA shortly after going public, citing retaliation from VA officials in Colorado.
“Putting veterans on secret wait lists is not acceptable,” Wisconsin Republican Sen. Ron Johnson said in a statement. “The VA should implement changes to provide the highest quality care for our veterans and hold wrongdoers accountable. I thank Brian Smothers, the whistleblower who bravely came forward to shed a light on these unacceptable practices at the VA so they can be prevented in the future.”
Speaking to the Associated Press, Smothers said he was disappointed the report didn’t make clearer that VA staff knew full well what they were doing. “We renamed the files ‘interest lists’ so people wouldn’t know we were breaking the rules” on how to maintain wait lists, Smothers said.
The VA Eastern Colorado Health Care system said in a statement that while it agreed with much of the report’s findings it bristled at the idea that its wait lists were “secret.” The statement says that “nothing about this process was secret” and that it was discontinued once staff became aware it violated VA policies.
And liberals’ heads explode.
From GMA/Yahoo: A school district in central Colorado announced on Monday that it has upped the firepower for its armed security patrol division, reigniting a debate about what some see as the over-militarization of school security personnel.
The Douglas County School District spent $12,300 on 10 semi-automatic Bushmaster rifles and equipment back in January, but several school board members were only notified of the purchase recently, according to the school district’s public information officer Paula Hans.
The rifles will be assigned to the district’s eight armed security patrol, Hans told ABC News yesterday. She explained that the officers, who already have handguns, still need to go undergo rifle training with the local sheriff’s department before they are qualified to use the weapons.
“The decision to buy these guns were part of a proactive approach to figure out how to best protect students and staff in our district that sprawls across approximately 900 square miles,” Hans said. “Richard Payne, the district’s director of safety and security, wanted to make sure his officers have all the tools necessary if we have to respond to an incident to keep our students, staff safe.”
While the school’s armed security officers are on the duty, the rifles will be “stored in locking mechanisms” in school district vehicles and stored “in a safe during off-duty hours in the security office off school property,” Hans said.
School board member Wendy Vogel told ABC affiliate KMGH that she wished the school board was given the opportunity to discuss the purchase of the guns before they were made. Vogel said she only learned on Monday that the rifles were purchased.
“We’ve got to keep our kids safe, and we’ve got to keep our staff and community safe, but in my opinion, that’s the role of law enforcement,” Vogel told KMGH. “It’s not the role of a public school district.” Vogel did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for additional comment.
Another school board member, Meghann Silverthorn, told ABC News today that the conversation about the rifles began in July 2015 and that some board members were elected later on in November, so they might have been left out of the loop. “Also, purchases only of $75,000 or more typically go before the board,” she said. “This was way below that.”
Silverthorn said she thinks “the reason people found out about it is that someone was looking at our financial transparency website and got alarmed like, ‘Whoa, what’s that?'”
She added that “the district makes hundreds of expenditures every day, and some wires may have crossed” but she’s happy to talk to anyone who believes more discussion is necessary.
Watchdog.org: Last year, the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, in an attempt to improve the state fleet’s environmental friendliness, issued a policy that prevents most departments from buying all-wheel-drive sports utility vehicles.
Yet, Gov. John Hickenlooper and his family are still chauffeured around in two SUVs, which according to government figures get about 22 miles a gallon highway and 16 mpg in city driving in the six cylinder version. The mileage drops to 17 and 12 if the vehicles use E85 fuel, according to www.fueleconomy.gov.
The DPA policy exempts law enforcement vehicles from the SUV ban, and state officials argue that the governor’s SUVs are law enforcement because he, and his family, are driven around by state troopers.
“Those are public safety vehicles,” said DPA spokeswoman Sabrina D’Agosta. “The governor does not choose the type of vehicles, and the SUVs are driven by law enforcement agents.”
But Gregory Golyansky, president of the Colorado Union of Taxpayers, said the governor should be setting an example if he and his cabinet are pushing for green vehicles. “This governor is a proponent of all kinds of green fantasies,” he said. “If they are so useful, the government wouldn’t have to require departments to buy them.”
The Dec. 9, 2013, vehicle ordering instructions has a section titled “Additional Greening State Government Guidelines to follow.” The section restricts “the purchase of four-wheel drive sport utility vehicles (SUV), except where necessary for law enforcement, emergency response, highway maintenance and construction or use in difficult terrain.” All SUVs require the approval of the executive director, but state patrol refused to comment on the governor’s SUVs, citing security concerns, and directed all questions to the governor’s office.
Hickenlooper did not answer questions about his SUVs after an unrelated news conference last month.
But records obtained under state open records laws show the two vehicles labeled “sta wgn midsize 4X4” were purchased in 2011, before the no-SUV policy, for about $26,000 each. One is labeled “Governor’s Vehicle” in the state records and the other is “Governor’s Family Vehicle.”
Taxpayers paid nearly $12,000 since July 2012 to fill up the governor’s vehicle with gasoline almost exclusively and nearly $9,000 for the family vehicle in the same time period, records show. About 60,000 miles were placed on the governor’s vehicle and 42,000 on the family vehicle in the past two fiscal years, records show.
Hickenlooper staff refused to provide the make and model of the two vehicles, but Hickenlooper arrived at a recent event in the Chevy Equinox. “For security reasons, Colorado State Patrol has not authorized us to release publicly the make and model of the Governor’s vehicles,” wrote Ben Figa, Hickenlooper’s deputy legal counsel.
Despite the records saying the vehicle is a station wagon, Consumer Reports, JD Power and Edmunds list the Equinox as a mid-size SUV.
Hickenlooper is not unique in having a personal vehicle and a family vehicle. Those were provided to past governors for security purposes. But his administration set a policy banning the purchase of SUVs for most departments.
“It’s an act of hypocrisy,” Golyansky said. “It’s not the first from this governor and not the last.”
But D’Agosta said Hickenlooper is trying to be more fuel efficient that previous governors. “He’s the first governor to use a mid-sized SUV,” she said. “All previous governors had Suburbans and fueling costs were twice as much.”
Fox News: In an age where you can buy a car or get a college degree without ever leaving the house, Colorado lawmakers have made one thing impossible to obtain from comfort of the couch: A concealed weapon permit.
A new law requires people to show a firearm instructor in person that they can safely handle a gun before they get a permit, seeking to close what lawmakers say is an Internet-era loophole they didn’t envision 10 years ago.
“There was no thought of anyone going and sitting in front of a computer and doing the whole course online,” said Democratic Sen. Lois Tochtrop, a sponsor of the new law, and one of the legislators who voted in favor of Colorado’s concealed-carry law in 2003.
Most states require proof of training to carry a concealed weapon. Instructors teach basics like how to load and unload a gun, how to hold it and fire it and ways to store it properly. Only a few states allow people to complete a concealed-carry training course entirely online.
Some Colorado lawmakers were astonished at the ease with which people could get a concealed-carry training certificate. Democratic Rep. Jenise May, who sponsored the bill with Tochtrop, said one of her staffers found a course online and got a certificate in less than an hour after answering eight questions and skipping a training video.
Colorado was one of the few states to pass gun legislation this year, despite national outrage over mass shootings and President Barack Obama’s failed attempts to get federal gun laws through Congress. Laws to provide for universal background checks and limits on ammunition magazines made it through the state Legislature with no Republican support.
The change in training rules got a handful of Republican votes, although most in the state GOP rejected the idea of scrapping all-online training permits.
“We allow people to obtain full, four-year college degrees online. Why wouldn’t you be allowed to obtainthe training for a concealed carry weapons permit completely online?” said Republican Sen. Greg Brophy.
The importance of in-person gun training is debated. Those who offer the all-online courses insist their teachings are rigorous, and say they’re filling a market need of the digital age by allowing people to complete a class quicker and cheaper than before.
Eric Korn, the president and CEO of Virginia-based American Firearms Training, said he started offering online handgun training in Colorado about two years ago, and his company also offers training in other states where all-online permits are allowed — Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Iowa, Missouri and Virginia.
He said the online courses are just as effective. His company’s training includes six videos and more than 100 exam questions, and is much cheaper than in-person training: $50 once you pass the course to get the certificate, free if you don’t pass. In-person training courses can cost three times as much. “I think what we did was socially conscious and relevant,” Korn said.
Other firearm trainers say there’s no substitute for learning gun safety in person. “My point of view is, nobody knows everything about firearm safety,” said Kevin Holroyd, who runs a business called Colorado Concealed Carry. He said his training — which is offered at his Aurora location — lasts about eight hours and includes information on shooting fundamentals such showing people to always keep a gun pointed in a safe direction and always keep their finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
Colorado county sheriffs, who are the final authority on whether to approve or deny concealed-carry training permits, supported the bill, even though they opposed the other new firearm restrictions.
Some counties already refused to approve permits if the training was done entirely online. Sheriffs don’t keep track of how many certificates were approved from all-online courses, said Chris Olson, the executive director of the County Sheriffs of Colorado.
Sheriffs had concerns about the online training, saying it wasn’t enough to learn proper safety procedures, Olson said.
In Oregon, Democratic lawmakers also want to get people away from their computer and to a real instructor. The proposal would specify that training courses could not be taken online. However, the bill doesn’t appear to have enough support to get out of committee.
“There are responsibilities that come with having a concealed handgun permit, and one of them is knowing how to use it,” said Sen. Floyd Prozanski, a Eugene Democrat and chief sponsor of the bill. His proposal would’ve also required people to pass a “live” fire test but that provision has been dropped from the bill.
John W. Jones, the executive director of the Virginia Sheriff’s Association, said online training has not surfaced as a big concern for his group. Although in Virginia the court clerks issue concealed-carry permits, the sheriffs have veto authority, Jones said. “Everybody does things online. My sense is that we can live with it if it’s good course,” he said.
Colorado’s new law, which took effect after the governor signed it last month, still allows most of the training to be done online. It requires, though, that a gun owner complete show an instructor in person they know how to handle a gun.
It’s like driver’s training, May said: People can learn the basics of driving and the rules of the road online, but have to take the actual driving test in person.
“People need to know how to shoot a weapon and store correctly so it doesn’t go off,” May said. “Those are all things that you can’t necessarily learn from the Internet.”
I think online training, in addition to real practice, could be a good thing. I took a 4-hour in-person training course and it cost $75. Other courses offered at my gun range run about $100 up to $650 – it can be very expensive. I’m all for every gun owner learning about firearm safety.
And I don’t know how you can obtain a conceal carry permit on-line: In my state I had to appear in person and give my finger prints in order to complete the criminal background check.
But here’s the thing: every gun owner I know always takes their shooting and safety seriously. It’s the criminals that don’t follow the rules. It just seems that Colorado is going out of their way to make legal gun owners go through many hoops to practice their Second Amendment right.
Colorado Gun Companies Keep Promise and Leave State
Posted on May 6, 2013 by Dave Jolly
Last month I reported that two firearms related companies had made announcements that they were leaving the state of Colorado due to the anti-gun laws the state had passed. Three companies had vowed to leave the state: Magpul, Alfred Manufacturing and HiViz.
The companies were being courted by a number of states that are proud of their gun-friendly laws, but the Colorado companies were being rather secretive as to where they might be heading. That is until now.
HiViz Shooting Systems, formerly located in Fort Collins, manufactures various parts for a number of weapons, some of which are now outlawed under Colorado law. They have just announced that are moving their entire operations to Laramie, Wyoming. In their announcement, HiViz stated that their decision on Laramie was partially due to their gun friendly laws, but also due to certain tax advantages and it is an hour away from their Fort Collins location, allowing most of their employees to make the drive and continue to work for them. Ground breaking for their new facility is expected to take place this summer.
Magpul Industries manufactures high capacity magazines that hold 30 rounds. Their magazines are now illegal in Colorado and they said that they would not stay in a state that outlaws their product. According to recent reports, Magpul has already started production in another state, but that location is being kept under wraps until after the NRA Convention being held in Houston.
All I can say is that I’m glad these companies are following through on their threats, even though it has to cost them a pretty penny to move their operations. I just wish more firearms related firms would leave their states that have passed anti-Second Amendment legislation. More HERE!!!
~Steve~ H/T Godfather Politics