This was the final straw. Not only were her rights being curtailed, but the incompetence was interfering with her work. “I’m training to be a registered nurse,” Warren tells me. “For the moment, I clean homes on the side. When I’m looking for new clients, I advertise on Craigslist. If it’s somebody who wasn’t referred to me, I always take my gun for protection. There are some freaks out there.”
“Sometimes my husband comes with me,” she says. “If not, I take my gun.” But “since the accident,” she adds, “my husband has taken on any side job that he could. He’s taken on all of this overtime. He’s been working his butt off to make things okay. But there’s only so much he can do. Once I was able to go back to work, the callbacks I got happened to be on the weekend, when my husband was working extra hours. He couldn’t go with me, and I didn’t have my gun. So I had to turn down the offers.”
Happily, involving the press made an immediate difference. After Warren contacted the Loveland Reporter, a journalist named James Garcia called the city attorney’s office to ask what was going on. He was told that the gun had been scheduled for return on May 21. “I think that they immediately realized that they needed to find a date . . . so they made one up.” She laughs: “They realized that they needed to get this woman to shut up!” Despite this, the attitude remained. After Garcia’s piece was published, Warren called the office to confirm that the information the reporter had received was accurate. Petulantly, the CA continued to refuse to talk to her. When she pressed, the date was acknowledged but details remained thin on the ground.
“I feel as if they’ve trampled all over the Second Amendment,” Warren says. “It’s so frustrating. I’ve done nothing wrong except to be in an accident. To be honest, I think these laws are ridiculous. Gun laws don’t do anything really. They just hurt the people who follow the law. The criminals don’t care.” Until the police refused to return her weapon, Warren tells me, she was unaware that a universal background-check law had even been added to the books. “They did a magazine law here in Colorado, too,” Warren tells me. “We can only have 15 rounds. It’s nuts. I took safety classes. When you’re in a situation where you’re being attacked, you’re shaking and you’re scared — the average is that you’ll hit the attacker maybe two out of twelve times. Why are they telling me how many [rounds] I can have? Why are they making it more difficult for me to protect myself?”
— Charles C. W. Cooke is a staff writer at National Review.