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(LBC 97.3)   Time again for news agencies dust off their yearly stories about not celebrating New Year's with dangerous fireworks, firing guns into neighbors   (tampabays10.com) divider line 29
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2008-12-30 01:49:11 PM
Four bottle rockets hidden in the trunk of my car: check
50 rounds of 9mm tracers: check
Huge amounts of alcohol: check

'k, ready.
 
2008-12-30 01:50:44 PM
I'll be home trying to pry the cats off the ceiling from all the redneck neighbors shooting off fireworks.

/Yes, NJ has rednecks
//GTFO my lawn
 
2008-12-30 01:53:48 PM
I have "post concussive syndrome" and so am not supposed to drink.
But it's New Years for Christ's sake!
What to do, what to do ...
 
2008-12-30 01:54:08 PM
I got a jug of old uncle scrappy's moonshine and some home-made fireworks and we are ready to make sweet, fark headlines, all night long.
 
2008-12-30 01:55:11 PM
Are bullets falling from the sky really dangerous? Pennies aren't. How are bullets different?

Are all the "injuries" caused by falling bullets just like the ones reported in the article (ie non-injuries)? Or do people actually get hurt somehow?

Although firing guns in the air at New Year's hardly sounds like a good idea, I'm kind of at a loss in figuring out why it's such a bad idea in practicality.
 
2008-12-30 01:55:14 PM
Is it also time for hard core drinkers to say that they don't drink on New Years because it is "amateur night"?

Or do I have to wait for St. Patricks Day to hear that?
 
2008-12-30 01:55:31 PM
idrow:
/Yes, NJ has rednecks
//GTFO my lawn


I don't care where you go in this country, rednecks are everywhere.
 
2008-12-30 01:57:19 PM
It's not so much the bullets falling from the sky, but the ones fired by drunks that aim for the sky and miss.
 
2008-12-30 01:57:28 PM
LandOfChocolate:
Is it also time for hard core drinkers to say that they don't drink on New Years because it is "amateur night"?

Or do I have to wait for St. Patricks Day to hear that?


Every night is "amatuer night", let's drink!
 
2008-12-30 01:57:58 PM
I'll be at home trying to pry the dog out from under the bed from my redneck neighbors shooting off fireworks.

We just stay low key and occasionally spit on something in public to avoid arousing suspicion.

/Texas has non-rednecks in small herds scattered sparsely about
 
2008-12-30 02:00:43 PM
msheda: bullets falling from the sky, but the ones fired by drunks that

Ha, ha. Well yes, clearly that would be a problem. Moreso I meant, specifically, what's wrong with firing your gun straight up, or otherwise in such a way that the only target within the gun's range is empty air?

Do people genuinely get hurt like that? If so, you'd think the newspaper would be able to come up with an example.
 
2008-12-30 02:02:41 PM
Think subby should dust off the Webster's...
 
2008-12-30 02:10:43 PM
And yet, if you go to any Walmart, Sams Club, Krogers, Meijer store near here, the first thing you see is a huge pallet of fireworks just behind the cash registers.
Thats the way I always celebrate my holidays, drunk and with consumer grade explosive munitions.
 
2008-12-30 02:16:12 PM
Kareeshus: msheda: bullets falling from the sky, but the ones fired by drunks that

Ha, ha. Well yes, clearly that would be a problem. Moreso I meant, specifically, what's wrong with firing your gun straight up, or otherwise in such a way that the only target within the gun's range is empty air?

Do people genuinely get hurt like that? If so, you'd think the newspaper would be able to come up with an example.


My brother was in the military. One of the things he said when was over in Baghdad was this... People fire their guns into the air all the time over there, and there were many many cases of people getting hit by those stray rounds.

It's not a good idea to shoot a gun in the air.
 
2008-12-30 02:19:43 PM
I first heard about this in Oakland, people getting killed by bullets shot into the air. They shoot a bullet into the air, yes. But the bullet comes down with accelerating acceleration so much so that it is just as deadly as if shot directly.
 
2008-12-30 02:20:59 PM
Kareeshus: Are bullets falling from the sky really dangerous? Pennies aren't. How are bullets different?

Are all the "injuries" caused by falling bullets just like the ones reported in the article (ie non-injuries)? Or do people actually get hurt somehow?

Although firing guns in the air at New Year's hardly sounds like a good idea, I'm kind of at a loss in figuring out why it's such a bad idea in practicality.


Yes that is correct, but most people who fire a gun in the air are not shooting it straight up. Drunk with a gun is a bad thing.
 
2008-12-30 02:21:49 PM
Kareeshus: Are bullets falling from the sky really dangerous? Pennies aren't. How are bullets different?

Are all the "injuries" caused by falling bullets just like the ones reported in the article (ie non-injuries)? Or do people actually get hurt somehow?

Although firing guns in the air at New Year's hardly sounds like a good idea, I'm kind of at a loss in figuring out why it's such a bad idea in practicality.


Aside from injuries... As an employee of an electric utility, I can tell you that we staff up in preparation of New Year's Eve simply for the sheer number of pole-mounted transformers that get shot.
 
2008-12-30 02:22:44 PM
My whole life, I've never known anyone, or even heard of someone who celebrates/rings in the New Year by firing a gun into the air. In fact, if it wasn't for the media, I'd never even thought about doing something like this.

It's like every summer when I used to live in Southern California. There's no news to report late into the summer, so suddenly some talking head on TV is warning everyone that wild fire conditions are just right, and not to set any fires, because it could quickly spread and burn untold acres... They were practically begging arsonists to blaze shiat up!

Then lo and behold, there would be a fire, and the same people on TV would start scolding society as a whole for being so irresponsible. Farking hypocrisy, I tell you.
 
2008-12-30 02:29:41 PM
Kareeshus: Are bullets falling from the sky really dangerous? Pennies aren't. How are bullets different?

Are all the "injuries" caused by falling bullets just like the ones reported in the article (ie non-injuries)? Or do people actually get hurt somehow?

Although firing guns in the air at New Year's hardly sounds like a good idea, I'm kind of at a loss in figuring out why it's such a bad idea in practicality.


Generaly, bullets are't being fired straight up, the bullets arc and some down with a significant amount of velocity.

It's quite stupid to do, especialy considering that blanks are readilily available and cheaper than live ammo if you buy from the right place.
 
2008-12-30 02:30:43 PM
Claude Ballse: My whole life, I've never known anyone, or even heard of someone who celebrates/rings in the New Year by firing a gun into the air. In fact, if it wasn't for the media, I'd never even thought about doing something like this.

It's like every summer when I used to live in Southern California. There's no news to report late into the summer, so suddenly some talking head on TV is warning everyone that wild fire conditions are just right, and not to set any fires, because it could quickly spread and burn untold acres... They were practically begging arsonists to blaze shiat up!

Then lo and behold, there would be a fire, and the same people on TV would start scolding society as a whole for being so irresponsible. Farking hypocrisy, I tell you.



I went to MI for six months (never do that - it blows goat, big time) and yes, people there do that kind of thing.

Hey, is it still considered "fun" to see/bet on which multi-million dollar home is going to slide off a cliff into the ocean when it rains? I haven't lived in SoCal in a long time. Used to be my one of my favorite activities, tho.

/and the car chases broadcast live
//and the earthquakes
///misses the weirdness
 
2008-12-30 02:33:56 PM
Claude Ballse: My whole life, I've never known anyone, or even heard of someone who celebrates/rings in the New Year by firing a gun into the air. In fact, if it wasn't for the media, I'd never even thought about doing something like this.

It's like every summer when I used to live in Southern California. There's no news to report late into the summer, so suddenly some talking head on TV is warning everyone that wild fire conditions are just right, and not to set any fires, because it could quickly spread and burn untold acres... They were practically begging arsonists to blaze shiat up!

Then lo and behold, there would be a fire, and the same people on TV would start scolding society as a whole for being so irresponsible. Farking hypocrisy, I tell you.


In Florida it is common practice. I have had to leave two different New Years eve parties two different years at different locations with different people because people started firing into the sky at New Years.

What is worse is that in both cases we had set up perfectly good things to shoot at. One year it was a dirt mound we built with the ol' Bobcat. Second year it was a Buick Skylark.

Someone will awlays ruin a good night of shooting, drinking, and naked fire jumping by shooting into the sky. Boy do people that know guns scatter for cover too when you let lose 10 or 15 rounds upwards...
 
2008-12-30 02:34:59 PM
neapoi: Kareeshus: msheda: bullets falling from the sky, but the ones fired by drunks that

Ha, ha. Well yes, clearly that would be a problem. Moreso I meant, specifically, what's wrong with firing your gun straight up, or otherwise in such a way that the only target within the gun's range is empty air?

Do people genuinely get hurt like that? If so, you'd think the newspaper would be able to come up with an example.

My brother was in the military. One of the things he said when was over in Baghdad was this... People fire their guns into the air all the time over there, and there were many many cases of people getting hit by those stray rounds.


Yes, I think we can all agree that when firing a gun straight up into the air there is a risk that the bullet will land someplace where it could hit someone, just like we also get hit by litter in the wind or by stones from behind someone's tires. But does anyone ever actually get injured or killed in this way? Even anecdotal evidence?

Best I can tell, people are warned not to shoot in the air "because someone could get hurt", but no one ever is.

Though please correct me if I'm wrong. But these two "examples" in the story aren't cutting it.
 
2008-12-30 02:47:34 PM
 
2008-12-30 02:49:25 PM
For the past 8 years I've always adhered to the following list and to date it has provided a safe New Years experience. Not so much prior to amassing this.

1. Do not stir other peoples drinks with your penis.
2. When car surfing pay attention to the bridge height signs.
3. You cannot control your bladder for as long as you think.
4. There is a difference between paint ball guns and a Glock 40.
5. It is not proper to do lines of coke off your bosses wife's ass.
6. Buttsecks is not limited to state prisons. Avoid county jail. If you must go lube up first.
7. Ben-gay is not a good substitute for Preperation-H.
8. 10 second fuses are not completely accurate.
9. When kissing your dog at midnight make sure the tail is away from you.
10. Don't discuss your kiddie porn collection with someone you just met.

Keep these 10 rules handy and reference them frequently.
 
2008-12-30 02:53:18 PM
Kareeshus: Are bullets falling from the sky really dangerous?

Arizona has "Shannon's Law" which prohibits shooting a gun into the air. It's named after a teenager named Shannon who was killed while standing in her backyard by a bullet fired into the air. Police estimate the bullet could have been fired from as far as a half mile away.
 
2008-12-30 03:40:38 PM
author1701: Kareeshus: Are bullets falling from the sky really dangerous?

Arizona has "Shannon's Law" which prohibits shooting a gun into the air. It's named after a teenager named Shannon who was killed while standing in her backyard by a bullet fired into the air. Police estimate the bullet could have been fired from as far as a half mile away.


Well she probably shouldn't have been standing by the bullet.
 
2008-12-30 07:55:14 PM
Kareeshus: But does anyone ever actually get injured or killed in this way? Even anecdotal evidence?

Boy killed when police fire into the air, August 2007.

Rare, but it happens.

I don't understand why people do it. Makes just as much noise if you fire it into the ground.
 
2008-12-30 10:56:42 PM
I thought only people in third-world nations fired guns into the air...oh, didn't see that Florida tag there.
 
2008-12-31 02:35:05 PM
Kevin72: I first heard about this in Oakland, people getting killed by bullets shot into the air. They shoot a bullet into the air, yes. But the bullet comes down with accelerating acceleration so much so that it is just as deadly as if shot directly.

even trolls must be aware of terminal velocity

0 points for you
 
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