Armed Security for NBC News Another Example of Media Hypocrisy on Guns

U.S.A. – -( “A shooting in Denver on Saturday afternoon at a ‘BLM-Antifa Soup Drive’ has left a conservative demonstrator dead, whom police say was shot and killed by a security guard hired by NBC News affiliate 9NEWS,” The Post Millennial reported. “This story has been updated to reflect new information from the Denver Police that indicates the shooter is believed to be private security for a local television station. Initial reporting from the Denver Post stated that the shooter was a left-wing activist.”

The update reflects the way this story has seemingly continuously unfolded, and in a way that suggests some interested in narrative over truth aren’t that eager to talk about it. After all, if the predominant meme to spread is to paint “rightwing extremists/supremacists” (e.g., the standard smear for any man who is not a Democrat/socialist) as the greatest domestic threat, it doesn’t pay to highlight their opponents as anything but “peaceful protestors.”  Still, it makes fair the question: If you wouldn’t call him “a left-wing activist,” what the hell would you call the guy?

Suddenly when it’s their lives on the line, journalists aren’t so anti-gun, although it looks like their judgment on who to trust with them is as faulty as their understanding of the guns and gun owners they routinely disparage. (Denver Police Department/Twitter)

Not unexpectedly to those of us who pay attention to such things, the deep digging and heavy lifting are not being done by the DSM (Duranty/Streicher Media), which has the resources. Instead, we have to turn to those who the “official” journalists dismiss as “just a blogger.”

Self-described “independent journalist” Taylor Hansen has been sharing what he has uncovered about the “security guard,” Matt Dolloff, on his Twitter feed.

“Here Matt is pictured at Occupy Wall St. He had a very extensive past of Activism and speaking out against corporations and the police,” Hansen claims. “He’s been heavily involved in #Occupy which later pushed members to ANTIFA.”

“Matt is a registered Democrat. Not just a Democrat, but a Socialist,” Hansen explains. “His love for Bernie runs deep, deep enough to have a YouTube playlist dedicated to him.”

“As you see, past posts from his Facebook show signs of early radicalization, anti-trump and anti-cop rhetoric. He also openly supports BLM,” Hansen elaborates. “Pulled from his Twitter following, he is a far-leftist with public ties to Occupy as well as… ding ding ding— ANTIFA!

“He also has a Space Invaders tattoo, a common logo used among ANTIFA. Matt Dolloff is 100% ANTIFA,”  Hansen concludes. “Will Mainstream Media outlets redact falsities and cover the TRUTH? I doubt it.”

That’s a pretty safe bet. Because no one is more “mainstream” than NBC News, and its 9NEWS Denver affiliate is playing coy with its responsibilities to control those it inflicts on the public.

“KUSA said it had hired the guard through the Pinkerton security firm,” a report by The Tennessee Star relayed. “’It has been the practice of 9NEWS for a number of months to hire private security to accompany staff at protests,’ the station said.”

Pinkerton, for its part, is trying to kick the can even further down the road.

“As it relates to the incident in Denver on October 10, the agent in question is not a Pinkerton employee but rather a contractor agent from a long-standing industry vendor,” one of the firm’s corporate flacks posted on Facebook, no doubt at the direction of risk management attorneys. Note the “industry vendor” was not identified.

The reluctance to elaborate is understandable, especially noting Dolloff turns out to have not been licensed, and those who employed him are being looked at by the Denver City Attorney’s Office with criminal charges in mind.

“The Denver Department of Excise and Licenses states if Dolloff was operating as a security guard, he was in violation of the law … The company he works for is also legally responsible for making sure all their security guard employees have a license,” CBS Denver reported, noting the suspect is being investigated for first-degree murder. “The department also says security guards are prohibited from carrying or using a firearm without getting an armed firearm endorsement for their license. All security guards in Denver are required to get a federal background check before they receive their license.”

Dolloff’s family attorney claims it was self-defense, noting the man he shot and killed sprayed him with pepper spray. Other reports say “photo imagery reveals that [victim Lee] Keltner only deployed pepper spray after Dolloff pointed a gun at him. The slide of Dolloff’s pistol is already seen cycling as Keltner uses pepper spray- a non-lethal weapon- in self-defense.” That will be for a jury seeing the evidence and hearing the facts to decide.

With all this as a backdrop, the real reason this story is worth bringing to special attention with gun owners is to point out the hypocrisy of an NBC News affiliate employing armed guards to protects its people. It’s especially ironic considering NBC News ignored the Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalker” story broken by, you guessed it. bloggers, and instead gave Al Sharpton and Elijah Cummings national air time to call such reports an “election-year witch hunt” against Eric Holder. Meanwhile Today’s “national investigative correspondent” went to Phoenix, of all places, to stage phony “straw purchases” for the camera and to further spook an ill-informed audience that there was a desperate need for more infringements.

It’s reminiscent of New York’s The Journal News doxing local gun owners and then hiring armed security guards when “Editor Caryn A. McBride was alarmed by the volume of ‘negative correspondence,’ namely an avalanche of phone calls and emails to the Journal News office, following the newspaper’s publishing of a map of all pistol permit holders in Rockland and Westchester.

These people think they can attack and subvert our rights at will, but when it’s their precious hindquarters on the line, the first thing they think of is protecting themselves with guns. Well, more to the point, protecting themselves with men with guns, since we are, after all, dealing with DSM betas and handwringers who admit to suffering from PTSD after shooting a gun easily handled by a little girl.

UPDATE: After this article was submitted, I received a story link claiming “9News crew didn’t know security guard who shot demonstrator was armed, station says — The television station says it specifically requested unarmed guards from Pinkerton agency.” If true, it’s fair to wonder how they think such a measure would offer any protection whatsoever, and rather than telling us what they asked for, producing the contract would remove all doubt.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Excellent work, as always David. When I first saw the video of the incident yesterday it did not ring true that this guy was a real Pinkerton agent. He had a big chip on his shoulde,r was insulted that the guy he was harrassing did not crumble and grovel at his command. ALL he had to do was back up five or ten feet, and he’d have been clear of the bear spray. He was NEVER in mortal danger, even if he had stood his ground. But a real Pink woiuld not behave that way. You have ferreted out some… Read more »

Charlie Foxtrot

You seem to think highly of Pinkerton. Those in the know about this business really don’t!

As I posted below, the licensing issue is a sideshow and nothing compared to a wrongful death lawsuit against Pinkerton. They will settle.


So, the lawyer claims the shooting was justified, “…noting the man he shot and killed sprayed him with pepper spray.” Seriously? Any lawyer fronting this as an excuse for the use of deadly force should be disbarred – and any gun owner who uses it deserves to be jailed. Did the victim have an “intent” to kill or do grievous bodily harm? Did the victim have the “means” to kill or do grievous bodily harm? Would a “reasonable and prudent person conclude” he was in danger of being killed or being inflicted with grievous bodily harm because of pepper spray?… Read more »


you do realize the threat was very real.. once blinded by the pepper spray it would have easy for the asialiant to disarm him and then kill him with is own weapon….

Leftists are EVIL


Charlie Foxtrot

The video and photo evidence is pretty clear that Dolloff started drawing his weapon after he was slapped and while Keltner was backing away and did not point the spray can at Dolloff. There is a photo out there that shows Dolloff pointing the gun at Keltner and there has been no spray been fired yet. Dolloff’s decision to use deadly force was based on being slapped and not based on the spray.

The DA announced today that Dolloff will be charged with 2nd degree murder on Monday.


Really? So…a woman who uses pepper spray on an attacker, who assaults her with a knife, could be justifiably killed because the attacker risks being blinded and his knife possibly taken away? With this logic, virtually any conduct that involves aggression becomes justification for using deadly force. If the left views gun owners as irresponsible, it is logic like this that supports their belief. The use of deadly force is a legal constraint, and those who carry – without a clear understanding of what constitutes the justifiable use of it – endangers everyone, including themselves.


@MarkE – If a “reasonable and prudent person conclude” observes someone (who they perceive as an assailant) drawing an item from belt, holster or pocket automatically assume said object is harmless? Trigger for shooting is not being shot, it is reasonable suspicion that someone is initiating deadly force. Look at how often officers mistake cell phones for guns. Self defense claim may stand based on reasonableness of assumption he was facing deadly force. Drawing and shooting takes far less time than seeing and recognizing the threat. Thinking of a time someone tried to hit me – they were down well… Read more »


I’m not sure where your logic is headed, but it seems primarily based on suspicion rather than verification. Your first sentence about “automatically assume” is not the defining issue. What is your second rule for gun handling? Keep your finger off the trigger until you have made a conscious decision to engage – and that conscious decision involves identifying an actual threat of deadly force, not simply having a “reasonable suspicion” that it might exist. The extension of your argument is that I can shoot anyone reaching for their wallet because I reasonably suspect they might be carrying at the… Read more »

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See this:

Debate Moderator Works At News Outlet (9News) Which Hired Antifa Murderer, Defended Antifa On Twitter


I’ve worked in Business and worked with various Procurement Departments in quoting and purchasing equipement and services for over 40 years. A reputable Business would submit an Request for Proposal of Services in this case. Within that request would be the requirements oulined. One would be stating that the person should or not, be armed as well as criteria if they are. Sorry, this will be ran down by the police by the time it is over and everything will come out, IF we don;t have a Leftist running the show in the District Atty Office. This statement holds true… Read more »


And, I can say with 100% certainty, liablity is sahred across the board here by all theose involved, not just the guy that pulled the trigger. In a nute shell they are in trouble. It also affects their Brand. Anyone connect to any of them better be reviwing all business deals and arrangements with them to ensure validty ofr their own protection. that is a fair warning.


So let me see! No security license and no firearms endorsement? Looks like they’re going to hang this mope out to dry! I hope he enjoys prison time. Hopefully in a State prison where he get to socialize quite actively! Make sure to bring plenty of KY Jelly. You’re going to need it!

Nosh Itsherlock

That won’t help the dead victim. The TV station needs to be put out of business.

Charlie Foxtrot

The missing security guard license issue is a sideshow to the murder that happened. Dolloff could face a fine of up to $999 and a year in jail if convicted of violating city law about security licensing.

Nosh Itsherlock

Now the station says they went through Pinkerton? LMAO.

Charlie Foxtrot

They have been saying that since day 1:

“The private security guard was contracted through Pinkerton by 9NEWS,” the news outlet wrote. 


which fact puts the Pinks solidly on thechopping block, too. THEY are resppnsible as a licensed security firm to verify the qualifications of their personnel, even of subcontracted. With Pinkerton, the buck stops right there. Methinks the surviving family will soon enough be lawyering up and setting their own law-sights on Pinkerton along with the TeeVee station. Back when Pinkerton bulls ran the railroads across the country, they were pretty lawless. They became the law in many places, because no one would put them in their rightful place. Looks like not much has changed in the last 150 years or… Read more »