Fear or Insanity?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Toner07, Mar 20, 2016.

  1. Toner07

    Toner07 Well-Known Member

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    Last night we went to a high school play that my niece was in. As I was reading over the program, there was a disclaimer which read, "Please note that the guns used in this show are not real. They are TOY guns and do not fire in any way".
    Just prior to the beginning of the production, the director came out and verbally told everyone about the guns.
    Is this what our society has become? When I was in high school we had a rifle team and the guns were held on school property. I think I'll just stay on my farm and not deal with the rest of the world anymore, it's way to f$&c€d up out there for me.
     
  2. CaptMark

    CaptMark Retired Ohio Waterfowler Staff Member Moderator

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    I brought shotguns and shells to my 11th grade speech class , to do a speech on duck hunting. (took them to school on the school bus also)
     

  3. WetDog

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    Used to grouse hunt with my football coach back in Pa in the early 80's. We both brought our guns to school.
     
  4. oldschool

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    Back in the 60's my brother built a cannon in shop class, thing would shoot a golf ball as far as you could see.
     
  5. duck rookie

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    Fear. Fear of NOT being PC. I can almost guarantee you that someone in the crowd was offended and felt it wasn't appropriate.What play was it? I'll almost bet if it wasn't a classic then there school got a phone call Monday morning.

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  6. MikeBeatty

    MikeBeatty FKA Boomn4x4

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    Yes.... yes it has. Blame social media and the speed and distance news travels. Its the same reason everyone thinks their IQ is 172, dolphins are human beings, and there are dozens hot singles in my area that want my jock.

    I'd expect the paranoia to mellow out over the years as people become more adjusted... though, this assumes that the occurrence of school shootings doesn't continue to climb like it has. Its got to, right? 51 school shootings in 2000's, 109 in the first 5 years of 2010's, on pace for over 200. An increase of 400% carried over to the 2020's means 800 shootings in the next decade, potentially 3,200/yr when my grand kids will be in school.

    Fear, insanity, yes... but is it justified?
     
  7. OWFFAdmin

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    That is sad, but it's the age we live in. People are afraid of firearms due to the mass media they watch about them.
     
  8. jeff51814

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    We can wring our hands all we want, not necessarily you, but gun owners/hunters in general. The truth is, things have been changing for a fairly long time.
    We can all talk all we want about how it was when we were young, 20 or 30 or even 40 YEARS AGO. But if we were honest, we would admit that it's been changing since the 80's, maybe sooner.
    How many of the people that we see on a regular basis, actually OWN a gun? How many of those shoot one regularly? How many shoot in a trap league, or belong to a gun club?
    In the course of conversation, tell the average person that you recently met at work, a dinner party, kids fundraiser or wherever that you hunt(anything) and they'll probably look at you like you have three heads. Because times are different now. Who hunts??
    There was a time growing up, that nearly every dad/son I knew hunted, or at least shot guns. And I grew up in the city. It's just not so anymore, and I don't think that the big bad media is to blame. Sure they're a bunch of gore hungry, feel good idiots, but they peddle what sells. If most people wanted to see sportsman stories, that's what they would hype.
    I'm sure I'll hear from some of you chuckleheads that I should hang out with different people. Or maybe that I should move out into the country where there's no street lights or crime, but that's just it, most people live in the city. And they don't get guns and hunting anymore. Did you ever think that you would see a day when people would seriously say that dogs and cats have the same rights as people??
    I mean really, no one is responsible for what they do any more. It's always some thing's, or someone else's fault. No way it could be flawed parenting, or just plain old crazy mofo's run amok. And the media outlets know we like seeing it. Our morbid curiosity wouldn't have it any other way. But I digress.

    They almost HAVE to explain everything to the unknowing, unsympathetic, mostly non gun owning public of today. Because things have changed, and we're not winning.
     
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  9. MikeBeatty

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    I'm in suburbia, and there are a lot of guns. I'm just thinking around my closet 20 neighbors, 9 of them own guns. I know 2 of them for sure do not. I don't know about the other 9. As for hunting though... myself and 1 other are the only ones know that do. I did find it surprising to see in discussion that even gun owners get offended by hunting these days. Was talking to a neighbor last summer, he's got 2 AR's and both he and his wife have their own handguns next to the bed.... I mentioned I hunted, they immediately changed the subject and both were quite visibly disturbed.

    Its sad, but hunting is a dying recreation. I have little motivation to even get my kids involved. Would hate to get them into something that is going to require you to pay $200 for a license, $200 for ammo, and $10,000 for a lease every year.
     
  10. Toner07

    Toner07 Well-Known Member

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    I have to agree Mike. Hunting is definitely on the decline but gun ownership is most definitely on the rise.
     
  11. CaptMark

    CaptMark Retired Ohio Waterfowler Staff Member Moderator

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    out of my 8 closest neighbors only 1 has a gun (handgun)
     
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