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Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only daily column weighing the benefits of firearms at college house parties.

Our new good friend, Dudley Brown with the National Association For Gun Rights, alerted us this week to a potentially devastating event at a birthday party in Atlanta a year ago.

It seems a couple of armed men crashed the party. And they weren’t seeking booze.

“Apparently, his intent was to rape and murder us all,” student Charles Bailey told Channel 2 in Atlanta of one of the masked criminals.

The intruders began to split the roughly 10 people inside by sex, demanding money and cellular telephones.

But they weren’t expecting this:

A student pulled a handgun from his backpack and shot one of the intruders, fatally wounding him.

“This is a perfect example of how ludicrous ‘big city gun laws’ are,” according to the NAFGR press release, which stated that the one “smart student had prepared for a night in College Park, Atlanta.”

Aha.

So if New York and Chicago would just encourage all their college students to carry handguns in their backpacks, the world would be a much safer place.

Never mind that we received the stimulating press release a year after the event. There’s no sense in speculating how things work in the South.

We’re just trying to weigh the facts here. Most people would agree that college students don’t use the best judgment:

It’s estimated more than 1,400 college students between ages 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related, unintentional injuries.

And 500,000 sustain alcohol-related, unintentional injuries, according to http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov.

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First-hand experience has revealed collegiate alcohol-related injuries from jumping off buildings into pools, swinging golf clubs, igniting fireworks and cutting limes.

All incidents were unintentional and led to hospital visits.

How many college students – regardless of intoxication level – get raped or murdered by armed invaders each year?

More importantly, how much would the “unintentional injuries” increase if every party animal and his roommate was packing a loaded Glock .45?

We don’t know much about bookies. But in the case of firearms at house parties, we’d be placing our life savings on the college students killing each other – not armed intruders.

We still have marks on our forearms from the time one of our pals got a hold of an Airsoft pistol and a bottle of Jim Beam.

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Now don’t take us for the anti-gun softies who get vocal about the dangers of limited regulation in the firearms industry.

We’re proud of the arsenal we keep safely locked away. Our problem is with the pinheads.

We respect responsible people with concealed handgun permits.

But for the love of God, don’t let your kids take handguns to college parties!

The stuff in the Colorado news lately about guns on campus doesn’t really faze us. If a kid wants to keep his .38 special under his dorm-room bed, that’s just fine.

But heaven help him if he wants to wander around a party with the thing loaded with jacketed hollow-point bullets in a backpack.

There’s only one type of kid who needs a gun in his bag: a serious drug dealer.

And if your college student invites one of them to his house party, he deserves whatever happens to him.

The story about Atlanta is an interesting one. We’ve never been there. If it’s as awful as it sounds, we’ll never visit.

We’ve shared our opinion, and it could be dead wrong. But we weren’t the ones who made a firearm-advocacy issue out of the incident.

The credit for that goes to Dudley Brown, who titled his e-mail: “Guns Save Lives – Again!”

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In other news, our favorite Colorado distillery just joined the Distilled Spirits Council.

Peak Spirits of Hotchkiss joined the council through the new Craft Distiller Affiliate Membership program, according to a press release.

The business owned by Lance Hanson makes CapRock Organic Gin and Vodka.

Hanson also owns Jack Rabbit Hill, makers of the best wine in Colorado.

The wine is biodynamic – which is essentially a big step in quality above organic.

You’ll know when you taste it. Trust us.

The stuff used to be available on the Western Slope at about $30 a bottle. We can’t seem to find it in Summit County, but if you know where this it is sold, please – e-mail summitup@summitdaily.com.

It’s Sunday, and we’re enjoying mixed drinks – but not mixing drinks with firearms.


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