Some folks clearly need a lesson in basic firearm safety in the field and common courtesy in the woods!
1. The 4th Commandment of Firearm Safety says: "Be sure of your target and what's beyond it. You can't stop a shot in mid-air, so don't fire unless you know exactly where your shot is going and what it will strike" (Remington Arms)
2. The outdoorsman's pledge: I will leave the woods in the same condition (or better) as when I came in. (Better yet - leave no trace).
Those who can't follow these simple rules, shouldn't be taking advantage of our public lands and natural resources.
American Journal of Public Health Study:
In Kansas, a convicted felon acquired a shotgun from a gun shop and murdered his eight year old son and committed suicide. The boy's mother filed a negligence lawsuit against the owners of the gun shop.
Federal Gun Charges For Illegal Firearms Sales for Medford Man Convicted of Manslaughter in Death of 5 Year Old Child
"Rap It Up" suspect indicted on federal gun charges as part of network of persons involved with illegal sales of firearms:
"At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency. And it is in our power to do something about it." --President Obama
One year later, the Reynolds students, parents, staff and first responders still grieve but express their gratitude for community support in the face of tragedy. Kids and easy access to guns don't mix. We, as gun-owners, must secure our firearms and urge others to do so as well.
Hunting and fishing license fees may go up as Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife faces declining revenues.