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Guns in Aspen

Dear Editor: I just wanted to bring something to everyone’s attention.This weekend I went out in Aspen, something I rarely if ever do, to have a few drinks with a couple of my friends, two of which are leaving this weekend. When waiting across from the Popcorn Wagon for the Hunter Creek bus, myself and my two friends were approached by a guy, and an argument quickly started. Soon after this several more gentlemen approached and things escalated. My friends both called the cops using their cell phones and before I knew it the first guy that approached us pulled his shirt to the side, revealing a handgun and shouting, “You don’t know who I am … I will kill you …”Since I have never been in a situation such as this before, and nor would I ever expect to (especially in Aspen), I grabbed my friends and walked to Eric’s bar to wait for the cops. While walking to Eric’s, we were approached by two more individuals who continued following us and calling out to us in explicit words. The cops eventually arrived and informed us that four of the suspects were apprehended, but the gun carrier and the other guys went in other directions. This was definitely an eye-opening experience for me and something I would never think could happen especially here. Lesson learned: Be aware of your surroundings at all times (even here) and when confronted by strangers, just walk away and be the better person.This is the first I have seen of any such happenings, but as the officer informed me, things are changing in this valley and you have to be aware of those around you, and when you’re approached in instances such as this, it’s best to not talk, but to just walk away.J. MillerAspen


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