Guns in the Neighborhood

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I was raised in a more urban setting than where I live now, yet I think of where I am in New Hampshire as fairly suburban. We live in a neighborhood with houses on both sides of the road, spaced not too far apart. I am terrible with distance, but I can easily see my neighbors on both sides and across the street.

So you can imagine my surprise when I heard gun shots nearby. Come to find out that a neighbor five houses down from us shoots target practice in his yard. I believe his 10 year old sons do as well. And guess what? This is legal where I live. Is anyone else surprised by this? I somehow thought you would need acres and acres of land for target practice on your own property. Their land probably amounts to half an acre.

What happens to those stray bullets that miss the target? There are houses not just next to, and across from, but also behind their house. There are dogs and children roaming about. I can hear gun shots right now. Isn’t this what target ranges are for? To keep people from shooting their neighbors? The 10 year olds even asked our next-door neighbors if they could hunt in their back yard (with bows and arrows) because they have apple trees which could lure the deer. Thankfully our neighbors knew that the previous owners planted those trees specifically for the deer to enjoy because they loved watching them. A day or two later, all the apples were gone. Taken from the ground and the trees. Hmmmm…. I’m pretty sure luring animals to kill them is illegal, even in New Hampshire, but one never knows.

One time I was walking Wilbur and a man with a shotgun was walking right towards me on the same road. I found this a little unnerving. I know he was hunting, but shouldn’t hunters be far far in the woods somewhere where I can’t see them? He was a kindly older gentleman and told me that he never shoots closer than 100 feet from the road or from houses. He was a considerate hunter from generations past. I wish my neighbor adhered to this kind of thinking.

I am not a fan of hunting for sport. How anyone could think it fun to instill fear and pain into another living being on this earth just for the fun of it is beyond me. I find it ironic that one of the first signs of a psychopath is someone who enjoys torturing animals and yet we think nothing of people who hunt animals for fun. I am more understanding when it comes to hunting for food. And hunters who are considerate and follow the rules and are truly respectful of the animal that they are hunting. I guess if people are going to hunt for meat, at least the animal lives a free life before it is killed and is not raised in the inhumane conditions that so many factory farm animals are.

So, what do you think about guns in the neighborhood? What are the rules where you live? How do you feel about hunting for sport or for food?

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14 Responses to “Guns in the Neighborhood

  1. Helen says:

    Hi Suerae,
    I totally agree with you! We (me and Chili)are scared everytime my neighbors take out their guns for target practice. Mostly my worry is about the young children and 3 crazy dogs that live in that house. Chili’s stress comes from the loud booms. I will, though confess that I am looking forward to my new membership to a gun range. It’s all about the competetive streek that hopes I can be better than my husband at something. We’ve been together 20 years so a new activity is always welcome. In the meantime, everytime I hear those shots I sit at my window watching and praying.

    • suerae says:

      Hi Helen! I can only imagine how Chili reacts to the sound of a gun shot. Poor thing. That’s just one more reason that it should not be legal. It must be noise pollution and dogs are very sensitive to that. I hope you enjoy your time shooting at the gun range (the one place people should be practicing!) Thanks for checking in! :)

  2. What I love is those people who “target” shoot in suburban neighborhoods are often the same ones who put up those $^@&! Turtles in the street when they want their kids to play there.
    That’s why there are playgrounds. The streets are for cars! And, private woods are for hunting (or not, as I don’t believe in the practice)…

  3. Kristen says:

    That is absolutely terrifying. I live in the middle of a city, so I imagine that shooting guns is illegal. As a public health person, I am in favor of gun control. Guns scare me because they are designed to kill people and I could be that person so I would just like to avoid them entirely. As far as hunting goes, I share your thoughts. I understand that humans do eat animals and for some people animals are one of their only sources of food. After having pets and seeing the great deal of love and emotion that they express, it is hard to imagine being the person who does the killing.

    • suerae says:

      I am with you, Kristen on everything! I could never kill an animal. I’ve even tried to save a frog before. And guns scare me as well. How do I know that the person shooting hasn’t been drinking? Or that they know what they’re doing? There are no laws to say that you have to prove that you can properly use a gun before you can buy one. As always I appreciate your comments! ~ Suerae

  4. Really this is bad .. People carrying Guns and hunt animals ..OMG .I m from India (south India) Its illegal to carry weapons here . I used to see Guns in movie or Games only ..i dono how come you saw a guy with short gun ..whew..close. So ..What’s the role of Blue cross in your town ??

    • suerae says:

      Hi Sheril, thank you for your thoughts. And I agree with you – I never saw guns openly used until we moved here to New Hampshire. They call it the “Live Free or Die” state and I guess they really mean it! I’m not sure what you mean by Blue Cross? Thank you for your comments!

  5. Hi Suerae,

    That was a surprise to me as well. I certainly wouldn’t feel safe if my neighbor’s ten year old kids were shooting guns for target practice.

    I’ve never been a fan of owning a gun. I just feel in my case it’s begging for an accident to happen. Maybe if circumstances changed, if my neighborhood was scary, or the end of the world was upon us I’d reconsider, but for now I’m perfectly content just living my life without guns.

    Hope things work out for you,

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    • suerae says:

      I’m not a fan of guns either, Bryce. And I agree with you about 10 year olds and guns, just an accident waiting to happen. New Hampshire can be a strange place. They have even written a bill to allow guns on college campuses – can you even imagine? It’s just crazy! Thank you for your perspective! ~ Suerae

  6. Tammy says:

    Hi Suerae, well this is a no brainer; no on hunting, no on killing animals for sport. That would be a BIG no. If we lived in a time where we had no supermarkets, no available food, I’d be the first one to pick up the rifle. I would hunt and kill to keep myself and my family alive. I wouldn’t like it but I’d do it. Killing is against everything I believe in. And the killing of animals should be right up there in capital punishment if you asked me. How dare any human think they have the right to murder an animal for sport. Who the hell do they think they are? Well, now I’m riled. Geez. Having guns in a neighborhood with kids and pets is just stupid. It’s an accident waiting to happen. Clearly these people value their guns more than their neighbors. We have an idiot neighbor who has walked around the neighborhood with a gun shooting the bunnies. Really? You can’t watch TV or have a conversation with someone; you have to walk around shooting bunnies? I called the Sheriff and they cited him. Next time he gets hauled in and I’m just the girl to make it happen. People are crazy and values are askew. Not a lot we can do about either of those situations except maybe bob and weave to makes ourselves a moving target. Thanks for the provoking conversation. As always, love visiting your blog.
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    • suerae says:

      Shooting bunnies? Really? Ugh… I would’ve called the police too – good for you! I agree with everything you say and I can’t help but wonder how people can think so differently? It really is a sick idea to kill an animal for fun. And New Hampshire is a strange place when it comes to guns and rights. They sometimes take things a little too far. They even want to allow guns on college campuses… are they for real???? As always, I am extremely grateful for your opinions and for reading my blog – thank you, thank you! Have a great weekend! :)

  7. That’s really scary, Suerae. If it’s legal, then that’s even scarier for me because I would feel that my hands are tied and I can’t do anything to improve the situation not unless I move to another place. I think I’ll be living in a state of anxiety if I have neighbors like that.

    Is it just me or are things becoming more and more acceptable and becoming legalized even if they are wrong? I don’t want to dwell on the negative and fervently hope that there are still more people in authority who’ve got a good sense of values.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • suerae says:

      Hi Theresa and thank you for visiting my blog! I share your thoughts on this subject and wonder where the sense is in some of these rules? We live in a rural enough state that people should be able to find places for target practice without doing it in their own yards so close to their neighbors! These are the same people who allow their kids to ride around on ATV’s on the road, which I know is illegal! Thank you again for your comments! ~ Suerae

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