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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