Had a resident of the home stood up at the moment that the bullet whizzed through her family room, this story would have likely included an injury or fatality.
The woman and her husband are understandably upset about this near-miss.
Neighbors have chimed in with their own harrowing stories of close encounters with bullets.
Their target? The wildlife area that’s often used for target practice near their homes.
Spent bullet casings and shotgun shells litter the ground. The sounds of birds and swaying trees are among the things that attracted residents to this area, but the sound of rifles and shotguns being discharged has them ducking for cover.
Why? Because of irresponsible gun owners.
Responsible gun owners make sure they know exactly what’s behind every wooded row before they pull the trigger. Responsible gun owners make sure they are shooting into a backstop, and that their bullet won’t go astray. Responsible gun owners don’t shoot high-powered rifles in a relatively flat area that has houses nearby.
Now the residents and Olive Township officials are taking aim at the range. We can’t blame them for doing so.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources officers maintain and regulate this wildlife area. After the most recent incident, they are surely considering whether they should ban target practice with rifles and other high-powered firearms at this unofficial range. They’ve done so at other wildlife areas, so it makes sense that they’re setting their sights on this option.
We urge them to pull the trigger and introduce regulations that will keep this neighborhood secure, but will still allow responsible gun owners the opportunity to safely practice shooting their firearms.
That’s a fair solution all around, and one that unfortunately must happen because too many irresponsible shooters have created a safety problem that must be resolved.
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