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  •  Once as a young kid (3+ / 0-)
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    I was walking with my brother and dog.  We were heading down to a friends house 5 houses along and were walking along the backs of the property between the houses and the fields and woods.  Apparently some kids thought it be funny to start taking shots at us with their bb guns - unbeknownst to us.  All we knew was the dog yelped, I felt a sting on my wrist and my brother felt one on his left temple.  We turned and ran home.  Dad headed off into the woods and found the boys and confiscated their guns.

    Another time as a teen I went over to another kid's house with a group of about 5 total.  As I was standing at the edge of the kitchen the kid who leveled there picked up his 22 and pointed it at me.  I ducked from the room to laughter and claism that it wasn't even loaded.  I stepped in the room again only for the same thing to happen.  I walked out and never went in that kid's house again.

    As a young father I was living on a farm in an exburb of Philly.  Out in the front yard watching my 2 y/o playing and chatting with the farmer.  We get treated to the sound of shotgun blasts followed by shot hitting the tin roof (numerous times) of the barn.  I grabbed my boy and ran into the house as the framer takes off through the tree line and into the neighboring field.  He ended up dressing down the 2 idiots who were birding and had absolutely no concern about the residence that they were firing toward.  He forced them out of the area.

    All examples of irresponsible ownership and use of weapons.  None of which reported to police.  SO any time someone tries to tell me that there are so many instances of a gun thwarting a crime or potential crime and not being reported I am reminded of all instances I know of that should have been reported.  

    "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

    by newfie on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 09:12:22 AM PST

    •  that reminds me of how when I was a kid (3+ / 0-)
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      growing up in the Santa Cruz mountains in California, we'd find spent shells all over our property as the dove hunters came barrelling through, ignoring property lines and shooting whatever tehy wanted.

      There was a sense of entitlement there I never forgot, and I see it in some folks today around these issues.

      •  In the case of the hunters they (1+ / 0-)
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        weren't hunting illegally they were violating the law by not attending to the direction of their fire.  The property to our south allowed folks to hunt.  But you aren't be very responsible if you don't know where the residential structures exist when you are doing your thing.

        "You have attributed conditions to villainy that simply result from stupidity"

        by newfie on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 10:03:28 AM PST

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      •  Same thing in Coachella Valley.... (0+ / 0-)

        ...except that it really is scantly developed land, hence not a big deal when the hunters shoot upwards at the scattering birds.

        I remember I was hanging out in a date grove, and would occasionally hear birdshot "raining" down through the fronds.

        Isn't it a good feeling when you see the paper in the morning, it says 'Axe Slayer Kills 19' and you say, "They can't pin that one on me!" - Jean Shepherd

        by razajac on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:39:48 PM PST

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