LOVELAND, OHIO - As Sure As Shootin' by Paul Elliott
Down home where I grew up, there is an expression "as sure as shootin' ".
This phrase came to mind the other day when I was discussing the proposed shooting range and gun ordinance referendum scheduled for a vote on February 8th. My neighbor said he was 100% positive that there would be "an incident" at such a gun range. Pressed for a timeline and specifics of such an occurrence, he would only say he couldn't tell me when, or how, or why, but he knew with certainty that someday, somehow, something awful would happen there.
I mulled over what he said and thought of all the claims of safety promised by the gun range proponents: double thick walls, hardly any noise, law enforcement types there nearly 24/7. Now nobody wants to be a nay-sayer, or the pessimistic type, but one need only pick up any newspaper, from almost any town, nearly any day of the week, to find some gun related tragedy.
So I guess I had to agree that not much real good could come from this gun range, especially at this location and with such weak, practically non-existent guidelines in the proposed ordinance. Now, sadly, I too am convinced that it would be a disaster waiting to happen....."as sure as shootin' ".