But human and legislative stupidity often serves up their own remarkable examples on how to "Do it Wrong. Die" ... or cause suffering and calamity.
Because of that, I can't ignore the following convergence of stupidity, negligence, political correctness and a stealth gun-control law in ... yep, the Golden Granola Republic.
GUN + BULLET + TRIGGER = FIRE (DUH-OH!)
First of all, target shooting in an area of dry brush or forest is simply stupid and clueless.
How ignorant or negligent do you need to be not to know that: gun + bullet + trigger = fire.
It's called a muzzle blast, bucko. So try this one on for size:
LEGISLATIVE STUPIDITY = MORE FIRESBut there's still plenty of DDS to go around.
While there's some speculation (and no hard, peer-reviewed scientific evidence) that the lead from bullets poses a threat to the environment -- human or otherwise -- California's flaky legislative thinking wants to outlaw lead bullets and shot:
- Criminal charges filed for 2008 fire near Yosemite (steel-jackted bullets blamed for spark)
- Wildfires and guns: should steel bullets be outlawed?
TRY THE FACTS FOR A CHANGE (UNLESS IT'S INCONVENIENT)
From the report: "Bullet materials clearly affect ignition potential, with steel components and solid copper having the greatest chance of producing hot fragments. We observed only one ignition from lead-core copper jacketed bullets. "
Pure lead is not on the chart because it doesn't spark.
STEALTH WAY TO OUTLAW BULLETS?It seems likely that the lead-bullet ban is a sneaky, dangerous and intellectually dishonest maneuver to impose defacto gun control by making it harder and more expensive to buy ammo.
While there's no excuse for DDS on the part of hunters, campers or target shooters to prevent fires, there is even less excuse for California legislators to ignore the best possible data (above). Of course, political correctness never really has much room for facts and data.