Columbus, New Mexico

New Mexico town dissolves police dept after gun smuggling scandal

The town has been upended since federal authorities arrested Police Chief Angelo Vega, Mayor Eddie Espinoza, Village Trustee Blas Gutierrez and nine other residents for conspiring to smuggle hundreds of guns to drug cartels over the border in March. All of the accused have pleaded not guilty, and their trial is expected in October, according to the Las Cruces Sun News.

Campus Carry

Students, Guns and Politics:

New legislation in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Nebraska, New Mexico and Oklahoma would legalize the “concealed carry” of weapons on college campuses, and many student governments in those states are mobilizing against the bills. Meanwhile, the few other campuses that already allow weapons are waiting to see whether this year marks a real shift in gun policy, or is just another short-lived reaction to a tragedy.

Knee-jerk reactions are rarely good in the long term. And knee-jerk reactions that restrict freedoms are, IMHO, practically indefensible. And critics who try to use Virginia Tech as an example of why concealed carry should be banned on college campuses are either clueless or lying, because concealed carry was banned on the VT campus at the time of the shootings.

Val Kilmer: Real Genius

Apparently didn't pick up much while playing this part...
Apparently didn't pick up much while playing this part...

This is several years old and I’m sure at least some of you have seen it before. But wow. It’s from an interview in Esquire magazine:

The conversation evolves into a meditation on the emotional toll that acting takes on the artist. I ask him about the “toll” that he felt while making the 1993 western Tombstone. He starts talking about things that happened to Doc Holliday. I say, “No, no, you must have misunderstood me. I want to know about the toll it took on you.” He says, “I know, I’m talking about those feelings.” And this is the conversation that follows:

Me: You mean you think you literally had the same experience as Doc Holliday?

Kilmer: Oh, sure. It’s not like I believed that I shot somebody, but I absolutely know what it feels like to pull the trigger and take someone’s life.

Me: You understand how it feels to shoot someone as much as a person who has actually committed a murder?

Kilmer: I understand it more. It’s an actor’s job. A guy who’s lived through the horror of Vietnam has not spent his life preparing his mind for it. He’s some punk. Most guys were borderline criminal or poor, and that’s why they got sent to Vietnam. It was all the poor, wretched kids who got beat up by their dads, guys who didn’t get on the football team, couldn’t finagle a scholarship. They didn’t have the emotional equipment to handle that experience. But this is what an actor trains to do. I can more effectively represent that kid in Vietnam than a guy who was there.
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Back After 31 Years

Rifle stolen in 1977 is returned to owner

Mike Cassidy had a Marlin lever-action stolen from an unlocked car three decades ago.

But on Friday, 31 years after the theft, Cassidy and the rifle were reunited after a Fort Worth police officer discovered that the stolen rifle had recently been sold to an east Fort Worth gun store.

Officer R.D. Gilfour said pawn shops and gun dealers must document all transactions of secondhand property they receive, including serial numbers. Gilfour said that when a clerk entered the rifle’s serial number into an online nationwide database, police learned that the gun that had recently been sold to the Winchester Gallery Gun Store, 6054 E. Lancaster Ave., had been stolen three decades ago in Albuquerque.

Gilfour obtained a copy of the police report from Albuquerque police and, upon confirming the rifle’s make and model, confiscated it from the dealer. He said it was the oldest stolen gun ever recovered through the database.

He then set out to track down the owner.