QUIDNUNC: Oh, deer. Tillemann fires AR-15 mythology at a Kevlar elk and hits his own foot


Quidnunc, whose name comes from the Latin  “what now,” is out and about as often as possible to bring you news overheard in elevators, rest rooms and spied in various e-mail boxes.

QUID HAS HEARD that it really is liberals who give themselves a bad name when it comes to swaggering about the need for gun control. Exhibit A this week comes from good-hearted liberal candidate for Congress Levi Tilleman. Tilleman was appearing on a Facebook live segment recently to promote his Democratic Primary campaign to take on immortal GOP Congressman Mike Coffman. In talking about America’s need for gun control and the country’s lack of need for AR-15 rifles, Tillemann said he learns something every day. He went on to show how he was recently learned to understand that an AR-15 is so useless to everyone but wayward school shooters that bullets can’t even pierce the hide of an elk. If that sounds like the story of the one that got away from a shot even worse than yours truly, you can see where this is going. Colorado elk are known to be tough critters, but they’re not covered in Kevlar. And while Tillemann may believe AR-15 pea-shooters make lousy hunting weapons, they’re perfect for shooting political campaigns in both feet.

AND QUID HAS HEARD there was a last-minute stampede to be considered for the now-vacant Aurora mayor’s seat, created by the death of Mayor Steve Hogan. While those on the list were mildly amusing, those left off the list were more interesting. It makes sense that Councilman Charlie Richardson didn’t sign on as a mayoral contender. Who would give up a job actually running the city just for a title to make people think you are? And why is Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on the list? He’s seriously going to be looking for a job soon. And revenge against a few Denver types can taste pretty sweet from upstream.