Letter: Serene country living gives way to shooters gone wild
The recent Journal article entitled, "Gun-shooting etiquette draws heavy barrage" was interesting, however, there were so many inaccuracies, misrepresentations and contextual omissions that there's not sufficient space in this letter to correct them all.
But who cares? Everyone loves tabloid-style entertainment!
One thing the Journal did get correct was that the topic is about "etiquette" (politeness, manners, decorum), particularly regarding gun noise.
It's not about gun rights, or the Second Amendment, of which I happen to be an ardent supporter.
A recap of key points the "pro-noise" faction chose to emphasize during the Clifton Town Board meeting are:
1. People move to the country so they can shoot.
2. Citizens have no right to complain about noise because there's no law against shooting.
3. Two visits to neighbors to discuss a "noise issue" is considered "harassment," gets you blocked into a driveway so you can't drive home, nearly gets your automobile towed, and warrants calling the sheriff.
4. People who don't want to shoot or hear guns should live in the city.
5. No matter how much someone is shooting, they're breaking no laws.
6. When you suggest an idea for a compromise -- even though the gun owners state that they refuse to compromise -- you are labeled by them as someone who won't compromise and "impossible."
7. They will shoot "when and where they want to" on their property.
If these points are reasonable, one might feel silly for moving to the country years ago for some peace and quiet.
So, in an effort to better understand the convictions of the pro-noise faction, I did some research on the topic of why people move to rural areas.
Top reasons were: "peace and quiet," "serenity and tranquility" and "no noisy neighbors."
Oddly, "so they can shoot" didn't make any of the lists.