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In Castle Rock Colorado the Good Guys Wear White Hats

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From http://www.flickr.com/photos/35247235@N02/3804270403/: In Castle Rock Colorado the Wild West Really Lives on.
In Castle Rock Colorado the Wild West Really Lives on.
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Congratulations Castle Rock City Council.

Just in time for spring break the new law to "restore the constitutional rights to the people of Castle Rock" will take effect thus allowing anyone in that city to openly carry their weapons in and on all town-owned property. The wild west lives on.

But with freedom comes responsibility and it will, henceforth, be the responsibility of the alert and discerning residents and visitors to Castle Rock to determine for themselves just who guys are the good guys and who are the bad. Perhaps the City Council will do us all another favor and mandate the use of black hats and white hats in order to help everyone separate the good from the bad and the ugly.

Now that the city has restored the constitutional right to bear arms to all who enter its public domain, perhaps they can help the newly 2nd Amendment protected citizens to distinguish the intentions of all who openly carry their various arsenals into their divorce proceedings, civil litigations, protection order or child custody hearings; or other instances where sober reason and restraint are naturally inherent in the proceedings.

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I'm not sure that I, personally, will feel more constitutionally protected when I see the person against whom I am filing for divorce enter the courtroom sporting a leather-holstered Glock while glaring at me from across the room and considering what child support payments and alimony mean for his or her future. But that's just me. The words volatile and intimidating come to mind. The words reassured and protected fall far back in the vocabulary pecking order.

Convicted felons, thankfully, will still not be able to take their guns into court or to the park. Of course, they wouldn't want to anyway, would they? If they did, however, they will no longer stand out as being a particular threat to picnickers and public officials as they will simply become one of the crowd. Hiding in plain sight has just become ridiculously easy.

Anyway, newly protected citizens, it's really a pretty simple thing to spot potentially violent criminals simply by their ragged clothes, disheveled appearance, and, oh, and their brown or black skin. If you're armed, it's even easier. Stand your ground, anyone?

Give me a park full of people with side arms strapped on and I'll wager I can almost certainly pick out those who are ready to rape, rob, or pillage; and distinguish them from those who just want to be able to protect themselves in the event that a crime should occur. Even if I'm not as good as I think I am at separating the wheat from the chaff, so to speak, I can be reassured that all the good guys with guns will most certainly be able to react instantaneously and take out the "perp" with no collateral damage. I feel better already.

So, again, thanks Castle Rock. I was always a little hesitant to run through the Starbucks down there and I'll feel much better with all the self-proclaimed good guys with guns hanging around so nothing bad happens. Look for me. I'll be wearing my white hat.

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Mark McVay has lived and taught school in Oregon, Michigan, California, and Colorado. He is a Vietnam veteran and served in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in South Vietnam in 1969-70. His wife is a retired USMC officer. McVay's writing has (more...)
 

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