Category: Target shooting

Irresponsible Gun Nut starts huge California fire

California Detwiler fire caused by gun nut

The Detwiler fire in Mariposa, California burned 82,000 acres and is finally 97% contained. It destroyed 131 structures including 63 homes and 67 other types like barns and one commercial business. Cal Fire investigators said it was caused by firearm discharge on public lands. One estimate so far puts fire’s cost at $60 million, just because some half-witted gun nut thinks he or she has the right to shoot their gun anywhere they damn please. At least 63 families are without their homes and one business will have to start all over. There is a $2,000 reward out for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. When they catch them, they should shoot them.

Irresponsibility by some gun owners

Drastic, perhaps, but gun rights radicals have taken this 2nd Amendment crap way too far, and the Detwiler fire is but one example of the irresponsibility of U.S. gun owners. The problem is they view their “rights” as untouchable so they are pushing the envelope regularly. Like the Detwiler fire. And like its sister, the Telegraph fire in 2008, close to Mariposa where David Mosher was target shooting and started a fire destroying 30 homes costing over $37 million. This fire was close to Yosemite National Park and the shooter was firing steel-jacketed bullets. But the kicker here is the assault weapons he was using were unregistered. This is the kind of responsibility the NRA teaches.

NRA favors gun rights over prevention of destructive wildfires

In Arizona, where all it takes to buy a gun is a heartbeat, target shooting is a major cause of wildfires. They have caused 31 fires in the Tonto National Forest since 2009, where there is a ban, but either ignored or missed through negligence by gun nuts, according to the Phoenix New Times. Mother Jones covered the Utah wildfires in 2012, apparently caused by target shooters the state tried to rein in but weren’t successful, thanks to the National Rifle Assn. (NRA). The Daily Beast dubbed Utah the second most-armed state in the country. It’s like gun murders, the NRA will fight for their right to shoot, over innocent deaths and devastating wildfires.

A video comparison of guns in U.S. to rest of world

Wayne LaPierre of NRA loves his guns over life

On the one hand, we can thank the gun nuts for starting fires that destroy our homes and businesses, scorching the land we live on that produces other environmental disasters. Just because they have a right to go out and shoot their guns in the bone-dry forest that hasn’t had any rain in months, and anyone above the level of idiot should have known it was dangerous. That’s okay, the 2nd Amendment gives them that right and NRA head Wayne LaPierre says they should go right out and do it. But this is only one factor in the firearms problem, and though it is colossal in size, it is dwarfed by the way guns kill innocent people, maiming others, and devastating communities like Sandy Hook.

Detwiler fire
Detwiler fire

Who gun owners are

I am reading a new book, “Confronting Gun Violence in America,” by Thomas Gabor. It’s not exactly easy reading for all but when I get started, it’s hard to put it down, but then I am in to statistics, particularly the countries comparable to the U.S., gets into the demographics of gun owners, illustrates how gun owners are more likely than others to have been arrested, assault weapons owners to be binge drinkers and to drink and drive. In other words, gun nuts have more bad habits that non-gun owners.

310 million guns in America

Did you know that the U.S. has 90 guns in private ownership for every 100 people? That’s almost one per person. But with only 36% of the 126 million households having guns, those 45,360 households have all the guns, some 310 million, which works out to about seven guns per household. Wayne LaPierre, the National Rifle Assn. (NRA) head would like to see every American Household with its own complete arsenal, including assault weapons. And folks, that is why we have gun nuts setting disastrous forest fires across the country and enough guns available on the streets so anyone can use one to kill anyone they want to. Read the book, you’ll be glad you did.




Wildfires caused by target shooting a complete waste

This is a follow up to last Wednesday’s post, “The epitome of gun stupidity…Arizona gun nut knowingly starts major wildfire,” that recounted five dimwits that went into the Tonto National Forest northeast of Phoenix, Arizona for a bachelor party that ended up starting one of the state’s worst wildfires in history.  Craig Shiflet, 23, faces 6 months in prison, a $5,000 fine, or both for starting the Sunflower fire that has burned over 18,000 acres.
These gun nuts were target shooting, which has been prohibited for years on BLM property, and Shiflet even used an incendiary shotgun shell, which started the fire, and which is also banned on federal land.  Gun irresponsibility does not get any worse than this, and aside from the alarming trend today of increased shootings resulting in multiple deaths and injuries, we have yet another case of an equally irresponsible National Rifle Assn. (NRA) not taking action.
All this gang of misfits—with Wayne LaPierre at the helm—cares about is pushing for more gun rights to put more guns on the street in the hands of the likes of Craig Shiflet.  The NRA and other correspondingly inept gun rights groups keep telling us that things like this only occur from a small faction of gun owners that are in a minority.  I would like to know exactly what puts Shiflet in the minority; he seems more like the typical gun owner to me.
Although the feds don’t keep records listing “shooting” as a cause. The U.S. Forest Service does make side notes in their records that the fire was caused by “shoot” or “target” and the numbers are not good.  The Forest Service reported that in 2010, 17 wildfires were caused by one of these means, 28 in 2011, and 13 already this year.  And that’s only on land that is managed by this agency. 
What’s wrong with target practice on a gun range?  Especially when there are currently 45 wildfires burning in 15 states.  A gun owner has to have a double-digit IQ—or less—not to understand the danger of firing steel-jacketed or steel-core ammunition that in most cases puts off a spark when ricocheting off a rock, potentially leading to a fire.  Utah is banning this ammunition in favor of lead bullets which unfortunately can be toxic to animals.
One gun owner in Utah who was interviewed was reasonable about the situation, saying, “I certainly wouldn’t want to be responsible for a fire that burned somebody’s house.  I wouldn’t even take a chance with it.” 
But a Utah gun owning grandmother, Yetive Jones, was less committal saying, “I don’t think the standards should be any higher for any one person who sets a fire.  Granted, somebody shooting who accidentally sets it off, they’re going to feel bad about it. … But there’s nothing you can do once a fire starts.”  Spoken like a true gun nut.

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