Shooting ban in state game area is smart

It is true — one apple can spoil the whole bunch.
Jun 24, 2013

 

The recent decision to place a ban on all shooting at the state game area in Olive Township has neighboring residents elated that they will no longer have to duck for cover in the comfort of their own homes.

Anyone who opposes that decision obviously lives elsewhere, and the idea of bullets becoming lodged in your living room wall — or worse yet, a loved one’s body — is not a concern.  Those fears, however, are real for those who live near the state game area.

Safety should be the top concern when operating a firearm, and unfortunately someone violated that rule, and now anyone who has used that area for target shooting pays the price. Sorry, that’s the way it goes.

The decision to ban the use of firearms except during hunting season at least allows officers to regulate the area for a majority of the year, and that’s a step in the right direction to ensure safety for neighbors.

Operating a firearm is a dangerous, unforgiving activity — and those who partake in it must exercise extreme caution and safety.

Perhaps stiffer penalties for those involved in these kinds of accidents should be considered. Hunter’s safety courses would be a good start, too.

And, of course, common sense is irreplaceable.  

We continue to urge the wildlife and other law enforcement officers to take violations of the ban seriously and relentlessly enforce it. You owe it to the residents of that area.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to news@grandhaventribune.com or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.

 

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Wingmaster

I'm really a Teddy Bear ;-)

Lanivan

So it was you swimming across Muskegon Lake a few weeks ago!....

Lanivan

Another reason why I favor Teddy Roosevelt....read about his work establishing the first ever federal park system and his experiences with John Muir in what was to become Yosemite National Park. It's a crying shame that the latest House budget has called for unprecedented billions in cuts (on top of sequestration) to our national and state park systems.

Wingmaster

Actually Ru your only partly right. The silent majority better find their voice or be damned to suffer the consequences of their silence.

I challenge all citizens to take part in civil discourse be it here or other sources. It is your civic duty. Without it you get your freedoms and liberties negotiated out of existence!

Wingmaster

Another appropriate qoute from our amazing founders fits here:

"No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preserved. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauched in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders." --Samuel Adams (1775

bigdeal

I like his beer.

Wingmaster

Lol. Hey lookie there, we have common ground

koolest

What everyone is forgetting is the State Game area was their for all to use before the houses were built. The same thing happens out in the country near farms. People build next to farm and then want the farmer to stop having farm aminals because of the smell in their quarter million dollar homes, even tho the farmer has been there his whole life, raising aminals to sell as food, to make his living. It's like the people who build next to a shooting range, and then want to take away the rights of everyone else to use that range. They should have seen the shooting range was there and and built their home somewhere else instead they want everyone else to conform to what they want no matter how long the farm, shooting range, hunting area has been in that location.
Grow up people stop thinking your more important than the people that were their before you, doing what they moved their for.

Wingmaster

You make some good points. Target practice area could have easily been designated at this game area to resolve this without banning it.

fixitman

The biggest problem is that sub division complaining about the gun range. Yes it was wrong that the GVpolice over shot the burm but they have been complaining about the noise since they open the sub division, Sorry you idiot the range was there before you were so either buy ear plugs which you can afford or move. If people had a safe place to shoot this wouldnt happen

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