Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Bullet-ridden Road Signs
What is it with these shot-up signs? I've seen them a hundred times, and I'm a city boy. In rural parts of North Jersey and Pennsylvania, these bullet-ridden signs are ubiquitous. I imagine if you add up all the blasted road signs in all the rural areas in America, we'd be talking about hundreds of thousands or rounds of ammunition, or millions, perhaps.
Who do you think is doing all that shooting? Is it ghetto kids who like to get out of the big city for a country drive? Is it illegal gun owners, perhaps drug dealers or mafia guys? I don't think so. I think these are your regular lawful gun owners, usually the hunting types. I picture them drinking beer, hanging out the passenger side of moving vehicles, shooting at signs or anything else that strikes their fancy.
Most of these signs are indeed in rural areas, far removed from other roads or homes, but not all. I'll bet a certain percentage of these poor signs are within shooting distance of a parallel road or even a residence. Of course, there could always be other people in the background. Is this what the gun apologists call responsible behaviour? Does this comply with the Four Rules of gun handling?
What percentage of gun owners occasionally engage in this kind of diversion, do you think? It must be higher among hunters, wouldn't you say? Does this kind of thing represent a danger? Is it OK to do it?
Do concealed-carry gun owners approve of this kind of shooting? Do these country "cowboys" who shoot up the road signs give the rest of you a bad name? What do you think?
What motivates someone to do this anyway? It's hard for me to be objective, of course, but I think this kind of behaviour indicates a mental problem.
What do you think?