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irresponsible gun use

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by taliv, Sep 21, 2010.

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  1. taliv

    taliv Moderator

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    as posted on /.

    amazing. I've never understood why people feel the need to destroy public and private property, shoot stop signs, power lines, etc. Nevermind the danger of shooting up in the air with no backstop.
     
  2. hso

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    It only takes a few morons with guns to have the public think we need to be managed.
     
  3. Sky

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    Yep probably teens but not necessarily so. Had a friend who put Cherry Bombs in mail boxes for something to do one night. He said he wanted to make them look pregnant to the arresting officer. Think he (his daddy) had to buy a few new mail boxes and he was on probation for 2? years.

    Same guy was always a problem child and ended up being a Felon.

    Just seems like there are those who lack the ability to respect other people's property. Been that way since the human race got away from living in small tribes; probably? In a small tribe mess with someones stuff and your name and reputation for being a dirt bag spread quickly followed by getting your posterior or other parts of your body messed with by others.

    Strictly speculation on my part.
     
  4. rondog

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    I'm 54, and I remember as a kid in rural western Oklahoma, seeing little triangular shaped signs hanging on overhead cables that said "please do not shoot at wires". Folks have been popping at insulators since they were invented.

    Here in CO, I know of a nice scenic overlook with some information boards giving history of the area. Last time I was there, someone had blasted about 10 big holes in the info boards with a 12ga., it was sad to see.
     
  5. ccjcc81

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    Maybe there were some turkeys up there!
     
  6. SleazyRider

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    Hunters? I doubt it. Vandals, perhaps.
     
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    I dont like how they say is is Hunters. I could just be a few morons with there rifles thinkin they are funny. Do they actually have the proof that it is a person who is hunting. When im hunting I dont shoot my rifle at stupid things just for the fun of it. The shot could scare game away.
     
  8. Sam1911

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    I visited the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum in Williamsburg, VA this weekend. Among the displays was an extensive collection of hand-made brass, tin, copper, iron, etc. weather vanes. Many of them were quite intricate and showed a lot of maker's care and attention to detail.

    Probably 30% of them were heavily riddled with bullet and shot holes.

    Even though a number of those holes were probably fired from muzzle-loading weapons before my grandfathers were born, I still felt ashamed at the waste and stupidity.

    (Of course, my own office ceiling includes boards which show distinct shot patterns from where farmers shot snakes and pigeons off the timbers of their own barns ... from the inside. "Smart" just doesn't seem to be a common denominator of humanity.)
     
  9. lions

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    Just remember that half the population is below average intelligence, and average just isn't that smart.


    When I last visited my family in Ohio we drove out to see where Pretty Boy Floyd was killed and captured. There was a nice sign with a brief overview of the events that led up to that day, but of course it was full of bullet holes.

    In every group there are some who seem determined to ruin things for everyone.
     
  10. msgunner

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    Exactly what gun owners don't need, more bad press
     
  11. DoubleTapDrew

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    +1 They are vandals. That's not hunting. A few years back there was a $1,000 reward for info leading to the arrest of vandals who shot a cell tower in Oregon.
    If it's always in November I wonder if it would be cheaper to hire a rent-a-cop to babysit the lines for a month rather than burying lines.
     
  12. Hatterasguy

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    You have to remember that at least half of the country is made up of morons, as a result you get this.
     
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    When I lived in Carson City, we had a public shooting park - no fees, tax-dollars paid for it, no range personnel. Over 30 ambi-shooting benches for rifle, an open area for silhouette/Hi-power, a separate covered area for pistols and a third zone for machine guns, etc.

    Every week there were some yahoos who would try to blast the 4X4 and 6X6 posts that held the roof structures up; folks would blast holes in the roofs, shoot the concrete block legs of the benches, etc. Since it was also on the other side of a mountain from the city dump, others too cheap to pay for the dump would bring their trash and either leave it all over, or find something "fun" to shoot at - like skis, television sets, LOTS of glass bottles, etc.

    It took several years before they finally put a porta-can out there, and yes some yahoos shot that all to hell also.

    Now, to me, there's nothing more fun that watching a tin can bounce along the ground as you hit it with a .22 - but when you're done, pick it up and put it in the trash can.

    Glass, unless it is on your own personal property is a no-no. Thankfully we had a very active boy scout group who would clean the range up once a month and earn some badges for it.

    It only takes ONE butt head to make ALL of us look like retards.
     
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    Though I'm sure you meant no harm, Oneounceload, retards is hardly a fair description. My daughter is mentally retarded, with Downs Syndrome, and I assure you she would not shoot up a public place like that. They are vandals, and not to be confused with those having mental disabilities.

    I share your anger and frustration.
     
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    "You have to remember that at least half of the country is made up of morons, as a result you get this."

    Whew, that's a pretty strong indictment of your fellow man, no? Sure hope you're wrong.
     
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    I don't think he is. Have you seen what's popular on TV lately?:uhoh:
     
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    You're right sleazy - but the term I REALLY wanted to use would never make it through the censor - you have my apology
     
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    This is why "gun control" got started in the first place. 99.9% of us are decent and responsible gun owners, and the remaining 0.1% are complete d-bags. Sadly, it is the 0.1% that tend to make the news, as the bulk of us are generally unremarkable.
     
  19. oldbanjo

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    Overall the hunters are pretty good people, but some do more drinking than hunting. I saw a couple of hunters sighting a 30 30 and a 30 06 rifle, they were shooting towards I 95. I said something to them about the direction that they were shooting, it did no good. They owned the land (farmers) and they continued to shoot. When they removed the target there was a big hole in the tree from many years of shooting. You could see the cars thu the hole. I just figured out what their problem is, years ago I 95 cut their farm into two pieces and the family is still mad about it. I've seen them shoot from both sides toward the Interstate. It has cost them a lot of money in fuel to have to travel around 4 miles with tractors and other equip to farm their property.
     
  20. QuietEarp

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    Yeah, some people just don't have any sense of decency. I visited the Taj Mahal a few years ago and some people actually thought that scratching their names on the walls was somehow a good idea. Like we all came there to see the where the great "Derek" scrawled his name with a pocket knife.
    Shooting a gun at other people's stuff is stupid and dangerous and shows a great disrespect. It also reflects badly upon other gun owners. I agree that these were probably not hunters.
     
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    I know Google is an anti gun company, wonder if that is why they are publicizing this so much, I rarely hear about other companies raising a stink about such things. Not saying it's right by any means though.
     
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    "Vandal" is the correct word. Remember that half the people you meet in life are below average.


    Dennis
     
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    I'm actually surprised at the commentary on /.

    I knew /. would be anti-gun but that is worse than anything I've seen in a while. Goddamned elitists.
     
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    VANDALS are bad for us all!
     
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    Actually /. is usually pretty pro-gun in my experience. I think the fact that this article was posted so early in the morning our time meant a lot of European commenters, including quite a few who unfortunately decided to attack the evil uncivilized American gun culture which apparently consists entirely of clueless drunken hicks. It was very frustrating to wake up and read that kind of drivel without time to write a proper reply. :banghead:
     
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