Suprynowicz Releases 'Black Arrow'
by Ari Armstrong, June 16, 2005
Vin Suprynowicz, a columnist from Las Vegas and a former "member of the relentlessly unsuccessful rock & roll band 'The Four Shadowings of Doom'" (or so says his biography), came to Colorado Springs on June 9 to discuss his new novel, The Black Arrow. It is "a tale of freedom and fertility, of rebellion and revenge." The story is set 25 years in the future, and it is based on the premise that the U.S. has become a police state and that some citizens are fighting back. (The hero of the novel made millions in a successful rock band.)
Around 70 people attended the event, hosted by the Pikes Peak Firearms Coalition (PPFC). Suprynowicz, author of the nonfiction works The Ballad of Carl Drega and Send in the Waco Killers, was invited by Amy Willard, Programs Director for the group. Several well-known people attended, including Leigh Ann Shriver of Congressman Joel Hefley's office, State Representative Larry Liston, District Attorney John Newsome, and Sean Paige of The Gazette.
Bernie Herpin, president of PPFC, described Supynowicz as "one of our strongest defenders of the Second Amendment as well as our other rights." Herpin also described Denver as a potential "feudal city state" because Denver sued to overturn state laws intended to protect the rights of gun ownership and self-defense described by Colorado's Constitution.
Suprynowicz said disarmament laws and policies sometimes result in innocent deaths. He described a couple of examples from his previous books. He also discussed the murders at Red Lake, noting that the killer stole guns from a police officer. No responsible adult at the school had a gun (until the police arrived and shot the killer). Suprynowicz argued that guns are not more widely available now than in the past, but what has changed is the use of psychoactive drugs on children.
Suprynowicz said the supporters of more centralized political power use human-interest stories to sell their programs. So supporters of more freedom "need to tell stories," too. In his work as a newspaper writer, Suprynowicz relates factual stories about abuses of politicians and state agents. He said he wrote the novel to "build longer story arcs." He added, "the best fiction has always been based on real-life," and many elements of his book were inspired by real events.
In answer to questions, Suprynowicz criticized national identification systems. He said he hopes Nevada will adopt a policy based on Colorado's Taxpayer's Bill of Rights. He called the recent Supreme Court ruling against medical marijuana "terrible" and "disastrous," saying it violates the Ninth and Tenth articles of the Bill of Rights as well as the intended purpose of the "commerce clause."
Suprynowicz told the crowd, "I think you need to warn people what would happen if we don't watch these rights... You have to imbue yourself with the dream of freedom... People have bought into the dream that government can fix everything. Their dream is a nightmare... Freedom needs to be our dream... We have to help America rediscover that dream... I'm trying to do my part, and I know you are doing yours, too."