South Whidbey Record


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR | Stay away from shooting laws

December 28, 2012 · Updated 11:58 AM

To the editor:

“The sky is falling!” Or is it stray bullets? This is what commissioners Homola and Price Johnson would have one believe based on the revised code regarding shooting presently being rammed through this “lame duck” session.

Where is the evidence of any person being harmed by so-called “stray bullets,” in Island County? What proof is there on record of any such incident happening in the last 50 years? Can the commissioners produce facts to back up their claim, or is this another cause of fear mongering to affect the minds of the people?

At a recent meeting, Bill Strowbridge introduced an amendment to add roads, etc., as hazards to all islanders, which was promptly rejected by Price Johnson. That wording was too close to home. I suspect Mr. Strowbridge was trying to emphasize how ludicrous the proposed revision really is and that it should be quashed.

Rational thinking recognizes that the odds of being hit by a stray bullet are infinitesimal, while autos, deer, trees falling on one, and much more are common threats to one’s safety.

Commissioners Homola and Price Johnson would be wise to act with discretion before making the revision law. It would be the adult thing to do, instead of acting like petulant adolescents with an agenda to get their way regardless of those who objected to the revision.

Persons harmed by bullets in Island County were either lawbreakers, or where they should not be.

Robert Turner


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