Think be­fore you shoot

Rappahannock News - - EDITORIAL & OPINION -

Iam an Amissville res­i­dent of 20 years liv­ing on Hin­sons Ford Road. Our fam­ily mem­bers hunt, tar­get shoot and have al­ways sup­ported re­spon­si­ble gun own­er­ship, use and safety. From time to time I have heard tar­get prac­tice and shoot­ing near my property. How­ever, the Sun­day of Me­mo­rial weekend (May 25), I was shocked and fright­ened by the shoot­ing that oc­curred around 6:30 in the evening and went on for 45 min­utes to an hour.

I was en­ter­tain­ing fam­ily and friends in my back­yard in­clud­ing a 10-year old, a 4-year old and a six-month old. This shoot­ing was very loud, var­ied, of­ten rapid and closer than I’d ever heard. Sud­denly, the shots were ping­ing and ric­o­chet­ing off trees on my property just 25 yards from where we were bar­be­cu­ing and pre­par­ing to have din­ner and near where I have an above ground propane tank. We all felt we were un­der siege and went im­me­di­ately into the house for cover.

We called 911 and within 15 min­utes Deputy Cody Dod­son ar­rived, heard a se­ries of shots, and went to in­ves­ti­gate and re­port back. He was very pro­fes­sional and very sup­port­ive. An in­ci­dent re­port has been lodged and will be fol­lowed up as nec­es­sary.

Mean­while, my friends from the Hay­mar­ket area went home with­out stay­ing for din­ner, and our pleas­ant evening was ru­ined. I do not ac­cept or un­der­stand why people can be so ir­re­spon­si­ble with firearms and so obliv­i­ous to neigh­bors. The hor­ri­ble pos­si­bil­ity of one of us — pos­si­bly the chil­dren — be­ing hurt an­gered us all. No more! Please think be­fore you shoot!

LEE TAPP

Amissville

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