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

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  1. WAGCEVP

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    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.

    Letters to the editor of the DesNews can be sent to <letters@d...>.
    Letters must include a full name, address, city and telephone number.


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    http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,510040052,00.html

    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
    neighborhoods.
    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
     
  2. MicroBalrog

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    Seems they're running out of excuses...
     
  3. Old Fuff

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    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.
     
  4. P95Carry

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    Indeed Fuff ......... indeed. :banghead: :banghead:
     
  5. Standing Wolf

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    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.
     
  6. Destructo6

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    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.
     
  7. Wildalaska

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    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

    WildsomepeopleshouldntowngunsAlaska
     
  8. Carlos Cabeza

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    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".
     
  9. Wildalaska

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    I never siad everyone was aslob, but your not gonna deny that they are out there are ya?

    WildturneminAlaska
     
  10. Carlos Cabeza

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    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)............
     
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    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.
     
  12. WAGCEVP

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    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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