Today I went for a nice walk at Round Lake and afterwards took a meandering detour home. As I explored a dirt road to see if it reconnected with a road I knew, it petered out into someone’s remote homestead. There was an intuitive loop I could make on the property, but then I read a sign just before passing it “IF YOU CAN READ THIS YOU’RE IN RANGE”.
Perhaps this is just a creative way to clarify private property boundaries, or maybe someone’s odd sense of humor. But it frightened me, not being used to such language, and I made sure to reverse a bit and find the nearest spot to turn around which wasn’t on this person’s land. Why the threat? Why the mention of deadly weaponry? How am I to know if a stranger is serious with those words or not?
In Clark Fork there is a large sign by the roadside as you enter a slower speed zone. “SLOW DOWN OR DIE FAST” it reads, emphasized with a large painted handgun. I have yet to figure out the agenda of whomever gave me that message.
Just last weekend two young strangers had a stand-off in a busy supermarket parking lot, involving a firearm. One shot was fired and the police arrested the guys. No charge for possession of firearm or irresponsible shots fired was made. Wasn’t the presence of guns supposed to make you feel safer? The NRA (National Rifle Association) sticks with its opinion that “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”. So if there had been some responsible civilian (about to go shopping) in the parking lot, he could have drawn his gun, and the whole thing would not have gotten so out of hand.
Shame on the good guys not showing up. Though I always thought we had trained people called ‘the police’ for these sort of things. Did you know that you are 4-5 times more likely to die from gun violence (depending on your source) than in any other developed country? I don’t feel safer with all these guns around. I feel scared.