DesNews says only shoot at a professional range or don't shoot at all


July 19, 2003, 08:49 PM
DesNews says only shoot at a professional range or don't shoot at all

Read especially the last few paragraphs of this editorial.

So now, in the name of fire prevention the anti-gun DesNews editorializes
against all shooting except at a professional range. Simply taking prudent
measures to avoid causing a fire is not sufficient for them. No bets on
whether they'd support a few public ranges or even easing the zoning for
private ranges.

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Fire a reminder to developers

Deseret Morning News editorial

Drivers along I-15 in Davis County can now clearly see the ring of black,
charred earth that hangs like a shroud on the mountainside above Farmington.
They also can see where the ring ends, just to the east of houses and
Fortunately, no house was burned. As of Monday the fire was 50 percent
contained and not expected to threaten homes. That's due to a combination of
good firefighting and favorable conditions — and to the fact no homes exist
higher up the mountainside.
This fire should be a warning to anyone planning to build higher than
anyone has gone before in any spot along the Wasatch Front — a popular notion
among some developers.
Fires can happen anywhere. On days like these, with temperatures rising
to 100 degrees or more, tinder-dry vegetation is ready to burst at the
slightest spark. But the hillsides, with mountainous and difficult terrain
nearby, are particularly vulnerable and dangerous.
Hillside homes are hazards for fires during hot, dry summers and for
landslides during rainy periods. They could fall over in an earthquake. In
addition, they mar the beauty of the mountains for everyone else who lives in
the valley.
Davis County, including Farmington, is undergoing a planning process that
ultimately could protect its hillsides from development. In Salt Lake and Utah
counties, however, policies vary from city to city, and often they allow for
developers to keep testing new heights.
Simply put, this is crazy.
Mountainside homeowners don't have to worry simply about the odd
lightning strike. They have to contend with the stupidity of man, which seems
to be in abundant supply.
Another wildfire started because people were shooting at targets outside
of Saratoga Springs. Apparently, they tried to put out the fire, but it spread
too quickly. A BLM official suggested shooters look for areas with little
vegetation and that they bring fire extinguishers with them. We have a better
solution. Go to a professional firing range, or don't shoot at all.
Officials say target shooters start a fire a week on average during hot
summer months in Utah. Generally, they don't shoot in the valleys. They shoot
in the mountains, where they stand less chance of hitting people.
Mountain fires aren't new here. The first recorded wildfire near
present-day Farmington was in 1846, a full year before Mormon pioneers entered
Utah. By now, everyone should have learned. Don't build houses where it's most
difficult to pump water and douse a blaze

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July 19, 2003, 08:51 PM
Seems they're running out of excuses...

Old Fuff
July 19, 2003, 09:46 PM
It would seem questionable that simply "shooting at a target" would start a fire. I don't believe were talking about incendiary bullets here. It is more likely that a cigarette might have been carelessly disposed of, or the exhaust on a car driven across a dry field might have started something. Either of these causes could be associated with things other then target shooting. So why single out shooting? Obviously, we know the answer.

July 19, 2003, 10:11 PM
Indeed Fuff ......... indeed. :banghead: :banghead:

Standing Wolf
July 19, 2003, 11:02 PM
It's those mean nasty bad wicked terrible awful horrible uncontrolled assault rifles, I'm sure, especially the ones with the sniper scopes that can punch holes in concrete buildings up to twelve miles away.

July 19, 2003, 11:06 PM
I caught a scrub brush on fire one time while shooting. No incendiaries or anything, just fmj Wolf predecessor. Weird thing is that I'd never seriously considered the possibility until about 5 minutes before it happened. Luckily, it was quick and easy to control since those bushes grow about 6 feet away from one another.

A fire extinguisher is a good idea.

July 20, 2003, 12:08 AM
Of course, god forbid we even consider the fact that there are many SLOBS out there who shot up road signs and cans and bottles and leave them there, who fire off tracers and start fires, who smoke while shooting and start fires..

Maybe Utah shooters should get together to prevent this rather than just wail and gnash their teeth on the internet becasue a paper writes the truth?

And of course here in Alaska there isnt an unshot roadsign in sight, and the best near shootin spot outside town got closed down due to slobs


Carlos Cabeza
July 21, 2003, 04:58 PM
Not everyone fits the stereotype you presented Mr. Wild Alaska. My father always made sure that "we left the area cleaner than we found it". This mantra has afforded me many nice fishing places simply because the landowner saw the many bags of refuse we had picked up. The farmowner acknowledged the effort and said "You folks are welcome here anytime".

July 21, 2003, 05:25 PM
I never siad everyone was aslob, but your not gonna deny that they are out there are ya?


Carlos Cabeza
July 21, 2003, 06:05 PM
Agreed. I wouldn't be working as hard as I do if they weren't there.

PEOPLE, leave it as you found it, or better. (weeping indian)............

July 21, 2003, 06:18 PM
Sooooo, has any of these folks compared the number of fires started by target shooting vs. the number fires started by campers? Or smokers? Or BBQ's?

Sure, let's ban the 1:1,000,000 method of accidentally starting a fire.

July 21, 2003, 07:59 PM
somebody on another list said that this fire was stasrted by a homeless person, who called in immediately and admitted to setting it....

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