Shooting range fan takes aim at politics |

Shooting range fan takes aim at politics

J. T. Coyoté Silverthorne

After spending about an hour talking with the guys who are performing the re-construction of the Summit County shooting range at the landfill, it became incredibly obvious to my daughter and me that we are not the only ones who have experienced people from all around the state coming up here to our little Summit County range to shoot.The fact is, shooters in the more liberal counties and cities are being relegated to unscholared second-class citizen status … looked down upon as though they were some kind of silly, psycho-sick individual because they want to shoot their guns.While we were talking, two gentleman drove up then sauntered over – they had driven all the way up from west Denver to sight in their muzzle loaders for the muzzle-loading hunting season. Upon realizing that the range was not open, they asked if we knew of any place where they could sight in their rifles. Ranges are closing at an alarming rate around Denver while the interest in the sport grows. A half a dozen or so people are killed each year on the ski slopes of Summit and surrounding counties. Hikers constantly fall prey to altitude sickness, some die, but there is no demonization of the activity, or the banning of trees that people slam into when they are skiing, or the banning of rivers or inflatable rafts or canoes, or 14,000-foot peaks, just because someone dies using them.A few hunters die each year, usually from heart attacks and strokes and the like, but let one get shot and it’s Katy bar the door.This whole political correctness come neo-social, fascist, elitist, “we-know-better-than-you-how-you-should-live-your-life” thing needs to take a long run on a short, hiking path that drops about 3,000 feet.The guys working at the range have been visited by people from all over the state and the county, and are getting the kind of feedback I mentioned, as well as concern about the shooting range disappearing.

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