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.
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