Let’s take a moment to talk about public gun ranges.
Not everyone utilizes a public gun range, and they’re not readily available everywhere, either — but even for those who have access to public ranges very often opt for private clubs or either shoot on property or go searching for a gun-friendly colleague with a bit of land where it’s safe and legal to do so.
Why is that?
Well, in my experience, there are a couple of reasons for that, one of which is the freedom you have on a friend’s stretch of land out in the boonies, but another is the horrendous repair in which I so often find at public ranges.
I don’t think I’ve ever been at a public range when it hadn’t been strewn with litter, bullet holes in pretty much anything, etc. You get the picture — people don’t do a great job of cleaning up behind themselves.
Take a look at what this this clip from InRange TV shows at a range in Arizona:
Public Land & Range VandalismIt's pretty outrageous how some "shooters" treat public land, but it's even more surprising to see this sort of behavior at a free public improved range.This video is just a brief tour of the sorts of unfortunate behavior that does exist amongst the gun owning community along with a call for the majority of us that do not behave this way to ostracize those amongst us who do.InRange is entirely viewer supported:https://www.patreon.com/InRangeTVWe have swag:https://shop.bbtv.com/collections/forgotten-weapons?sort_by=created-descending
Posted by InRange TV on Thursday, June 7, 2018
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I’ve never seen a porta-potty lit up quite like that. That’s just stupid.
Now, here’s the take-away:
Responsible firearms owners clean up after themselves. That’s obvious. From this point forward in this piece, I’m just going to assume that it isn’t any of us doing this.
We have to go above and beyond as representatives of the firearms community. Where we see messes — things that are easily fixed like trash, casings that are strewn with yours, etc — those are opportunities to show the public what kind of people we are.
Is that unfair? Oh, totally. However, so are gun free zones and being put under a microscope for exercising God-given rights. It’s just something we gotta do.
And one more thing — a something that the videographer got wrong in his description of the facility: these things ain’t free. There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch, and guess what: those things’ maintenance is paid for by John Q. Taxpayer.
Destructive behavior not only makes us all look bad — it costs us money.
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