Shoot or not to shoot, that is the question

Although shooting related injuries are majorly outweighed by walking injuries, there still needs to be some form of safety measures that you adhere to. The problem is many people have no safe place to shoot. Guns can be dangerous, but by implementing a few safety precautions, it is likely you will never experience a shooting accident.

The problem is when you don't have a place of your own that is set up for safe shooting, most just head to state land. There are many reasons why shooting in such an area is a bad idea. What can be done or is there anything that could be done to rectify the situation?

We all learned in hunter safety course that you must be sure of your target and what is beyond it. The problem with this is that most people consider what is beyond as what they can see. If it looks safe, they shoot. This is the type of mistake that could cost someone their life.

You could blame the shooter because he or she is fully responsible for every trigger pull, but that's only half the issue. If they don't or can't afford to be a member of a gun club and have no land of their own, it's likely they will head to state land to shoot. This is a dangerous decision as I know of no safe shooting ranges in our state forest areas. This column is in response to my non-hunting girlfriend's worries of being shot while hiking off the beaten path on state land.

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