Monday, May 13, 2013

Investigation Discovery’s “Homicide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda” on guns for self-defence.

Retired Colorado Springs police detective Lt. Joe Kenda. In 1973 he joined the Colorado Springs police department. He retired after more than two decades as a detective in 1996. This is his response on why he no longer carries a gun:

It always amuses me when you see all of these idiots today that want to carry a gun. The human body is not designed to carry a gun. It hurts no matter where you put it — and trust me, I’ve tried them all. I had to carry a gun. But I certainly don’t have to now — and I don’t. I have a neighbor — a little old man who comes over, he listens to the press that says, ‘You’re all going to die any minute. Now the news, brought to you by Chicken Little,’ you know? So he buys a gun. The guy’s 78. And he shows me this handgun he bought. He says, ‘You know a lot about guns — anything I should do?’ I says, ‘Yeah — do you have a vice in your garage?’ ‘Yes.’ I said, ‘Go put that in the vice and file off that front sight blade.’ ‘Well, why should I do that?’ I said, ‘So when somebody takes it away from you and sticks it up your @#$%, it won’t hurt so bad when they take it out.’ And he just looked at me … he took the gun back to the store. Good choice. You don’t need a gun.
I used to do a lot of public speaking for the police department. I’d say, ‘What’s the position of the department on gun control?’ They’d say, ‘The department doesn’t have a position — we enforce the law as it’s written.’ ‘Would you like to know my personal opinion?’ ‘Absolutely!’ — because it’s always a gun freak that’s asking you the question. So I said, ‘Picture yourself at Mile High [Stadium] in Denver during a Bronco game. You’re on the 50-yard line at halftime. You are surrounded by 74,000 emotional drunks. Behind you on a table are 74,000 guns. Would you give one to everybody there? Or would you try to be selective on who you gave one to?’ And the crowd would laugh, and the guy would sit down. Nobody needs a gun. They all need a brain — but they don’t need a gun. We shouldn’t even let people drive, let alone people have guns. But they have cars, and they drive. But not guns — this society doesn’t need guns. But it’s too late. There are 150 million guns in private hands. I can’t tell you how many times I have investigated a death in a private home caused by a gun that was purchased to protect that same person — who is now dead from that gun, by accident; by suicide or by murder. So how did that purchase work out? Not very well.

And before you make stupid comments--my concealed carry permit expired in 2007.

21 comments:

  1. Laci, you and Democommie are two persons who absolutely shouldn't be in possession of a gun at any time, so thanks for making the right choice. However, what is right for you isn't necessarily right for everyone.

    But what would happen if someone who bears a grudge against this man came looking for him? Why did he carry a gun, if guns aren't useful? Why did you?

    Furthermore, note that this fellow even thinks that letting people have cars is a bad idea. That level of obsession about control illustrates why such freaks as this one are the real danger to our society.

    At least he admits that gun control is too late here. His estimate of the number of guns is about half what it should be, by the way.

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    1. "Laci, you and Democommie are two persons who absolutely shouldn't be in possession of a gun at any time," So, whomelse would you disarm, Mr. Hypocrisy?

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    2. Mikeb, you made the same error that Laci makes. I'm not talking about the law. I am not aware of any legal basis to disarm either of them. I'm speaking in terms of morality. I don't say that it's a good idea for every person to have a gun. But government is a uniquely blunt instrument for finding out who those people are.

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    3. Don't be a child, Mike. It appears Laci, at least, disarmed himself.

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    4. Greg, you said, "Laci, you and Democommie are two persons who absolutely shouldn't be in possession of a gun at any time." Now, you're trying to squirm out of it with some bullshit distinction between law and morality. I never expected you to admit to anything, but in this one your hypocrisy and double-talking inconsistency speaks for itself.

      RM, what the hell are you talking about?

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  2. So Pooch...did you file the front sight off of your hand gun?

    And since you said your permit expired in 2007, does that mean you turned your gun in to the proper authorities? Inquiring minds want to know.

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  3. Laci: "...my concealed carry permit expired in 2007."

    And you let it expire because you were tired of how much the front sight hurt?

    At least this guy is consistent. He says we shouldn't let people drive either.

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  4. In most states,people are fingerprinted and a background check is done,when filing for a gun concealed pistol permit. There is extended background check on those requesting permits in most states. Every time a gun owner pawns his or her weapon for money, the background is exactly the same as when he or she first purchase the weapon. It seems to me that law abiding gun owners are being targeted.Why not go after organized crime families,bikers gangs and illegal gun market. It is apparent the latter is hunted when their business goes public and innocent people are caught in their crossfire. If, the latter had never injured or killed anyone in their dirty deeds,it would be business as usual.

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  5. My husband was recently murdered while I was at work 3 months ago. It was unexpected, and while waiting for the life ins and so forth, I felt like a sitting duck. I could not afford to go out and buy a gun and unfortunately I cannot afford to pay an officer to hang out with me, so I cut dow sticks to size and put them in all my windows so the only way in the window was to break it. 3 bedrooms. Planted 2 putters and a fireplace poker outside the bedrooms....so if I heard glass breaking, I can make it to the weapon and wait till they come out of the room and swing to kill. Now I have a front door heavy door and a back door fairly light. I jam a chair into the back door. Now I use an old trick my daddy used to talk about since I was a little girl. I keep a folgers coffee can 3/4 full of gasoline and a box of stiff matches next to them, along with a fire extinguisher. By the time they get the door kicked in, they will be doused with gasoline and lit up!!! I know who killed my husband...it was for money and now, pretty sure they are after me. had gunshots fired at my house and much more. My hometown PD does not give a shit. they just do a drive by......but until I have the money for a 12 gauge I'm doin it old school......I have the right to use the means to use anything in my possession to protect myself when I feel my life is in danger!!!!!!

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  6. Investigation discovery homicide Investigation Discovery gives you insight into true stories that piece together ... You've seen Walter Roger's murder in reverse, now watch the murder happen in orderhttp://topusachannels.blogspot.com/2013/03/investigation-discovery-online-stream.htmlBut one of these boys is not what he seems, and Kacie's innocent online

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  7. to each his own; the 2nd ammendment to the constitution was put their for a very specific reason: to keep our government from becoming a dictatorship. But for the gun, we would still be a colony of England and just look how well they are doing.

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  8. I liked Lt. Joe Kenda's show before I read this, and now like him even more.
    He's obviously a bright and thoughtful man...much bigger than someone who relies on a gun for position and strength in this world,

    "Nobody needs a gun. They all need a brain — but they don’t need a gun. We shouldn’t even let people drive, let alone people have guns. But they have cars, and they drive. But not guns — this society doesn’t need guns...."

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  9. I wish more people felt the way that Joe Kenda does. Bravo!

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  10. wow good for joe

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  11. Well, that's it then. Everyone start turning in their driver's licenses... everyone that agrees with this article, that is. The rest of us will keep driving and protecting ourselves. Bad guys will always be able to get their hands on weapons... and cops can't be everywhere all the time. The good guys need a way to protect themselves when the law isn't around.

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  12. "Bad guys will always be able to get their hands on weapons"

    That's one of the favorite mindless mantras of the gun rights fanatics. Proper gun control laws would make guns much less available to criminals. That means that some of them WOULD NOT get their hands on guns.

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  13. So mike b tell me how gun laws keep guns out of criminals hands. Most criminals have illegal guns not registered legal guns. So do you really think making it harder for normal joe to get a gun and protect themselves is going to help stop criminals from obtaining illegal guns... Ummm no just like anything let's say drugs you set laws and all and does that stop people from buying illegal drugs umm no not all. Actually their is proof in studies that's say the opposite. Such as in place were the drug laws are laxed there is less drug use, drug related deaths, and less crimes over all... So now with gun it will be the same people will get even more illegal guns as gun control makes it harder to obtain one legally. This is not to say I think everyone needs a gun I'm just saying making it harder makes the black market bigger we need to find other ways.

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    1. You must be new around here and like most gun-rights fanatics your ability to think a thing through is very limited. You content yourself with repeating the mindless stupid shit other superficial gun nuts say.

      First of all you have to realize that almost every single gun used in crime started out the lawful property of someone. Criminals get those guns only a few simple ways. Theft - which would be mostly eliminated by enacting safe storage laws in the home. You guys love to leave guns around the house, in nightstands, in closets, under the bed, and thieves take advantage of that irresponsible behavior to the tune of half-a-million guns a year.

      Next we have the private sales without background checks. You guys love to sell your guns on Craig's List and at gun shows and take advantage of the law that allows you to do so without demanding a background check from the buyer. A simple law would prevent most of that.

      Another way that is often overlooked is the law-abiding gun owner who goes bad. Those are guns owned legally by someone who suddenly stops being law-abiding, so the gun doesn't even change hands and has gone from the law-abiding to the criminal worlds. What can be done about that is an overall tightening up of the laws which govern gun ownership. Proper gun control laws I call them.
      http://mikeb302000.blogspot.it/2014/06/proper-gun-control.html

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  14. Kendra is an entertaining and bright man. I enjoy his show. I don't share his view on gun ownership. But I don't have to, do I?

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    1. Kenda is a nut. I love his show but his stance on guns is crazy. Hitler took over europe but not switzerland because the government made sure everyone had a gun and hitler knew the citizens were armed. Take all the guns from law biding citizens and and the thugs will have no resistence. The fact there has never been a war on our soil is because theres 350 million firearms owned by citizens. Kenda your not as smart as i thought will burn my kenda shirt. I would rather have a gun andvtake the chance of a thug shoving it up my ass as to have no way of protecting myself. Why dont u joe come see if u can shove it up my ass. Les clark

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