Letter: Penny Loeb, Leesburg

Editor:  Careless use of guns is a problem in the rural area, not just the transition area.

Most of my life, I’ve lived in rural areas. But other than deer season, I never heard much gunfire.

So I was surprised to hear gunfire loud and long enough to call police shortly after I moved near Lincoln 13 years ago. They couldn’t find the source, so I started ignoring the many more incidents.

Then in late December 2009, a friend and I were standing at the edge of my 10-acre property when a bullet from a neighbor’s shooting zoomed through a nearby tree and landed near us. Called police again. Two summers ago, shots regularly rang out for nearly half an hour in mid- to late-afternoon.

I figured this was the way of life here—until a thread popped up on the Lincoln Facebook page on April 1, prompted by loud shooting on Easter. Rapidly, neighbors reported several scary gun incidents, including a shot into a house, a wounded person, and windows rattling loudly.

Many of the comments showed concern and desire for controls:

“Several places close to us where it’s routine and little respect for others.” “Makes me angry every time I hear it. I wish it were illegal.” “Ipersonally believe the time has come to have a conversation in western Loudoun about shooting, especially rifles, in an area that is becoming more and more densely populated.”

“I’m not confident that everyone firing rifles realizes that the bullets can travel a few miles versus a shotgun where the shot travels a few hundred yards before falling. It is a complicated subject that touches raw nerves these days. But, public safety needs to be considered.”

“I’m so glad to see this topic come up and know that my concerns are shared! It seems like every Sunday afternoon during warmer weather ends up being shattered by the sound of target practice.”

I hope the Board of Supervisors can find ways to limit the danger and fear caused by these, apparently, increasing shooting incidents in the rural area to the west.

Penny Loeb, Leesburg

4 thoughts on “Letter: Penny Loeb, Leesburg

  • 2018-06-11 at 1:20 pm
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    “Then in late December 2009, a friend and I were standing at the edge of my 10-acre property when a bullet from a neighbor’s shooting zoomed through a nearby tree and landed near us. Called police again. ”

    And…. what happened Ms. Loeb? You write you know where it came from. You also write you had a round land near you. I assume you saw it hit, and were thus able to recover it? What did the deputies do?

  • 2018-06-12 at 2:20 pm
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    Is this like curbing drunk driving by taking cars away from sober drivers?

  • 2018-06-14 at 7:50 pm
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    Chris, you seem to be excelling these days at asking stupid questions.

    Back at you-

    Considering recent events where gunnecks hit multiple houses with multiple rounds without consequence, what do you think happened to the shooters who hit a tree on Mrs Loeb’s property?

    I thought they taught you Army boys critical thinking skills?

  • 2018-06-15 at 10:58 am
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    I’m asking a critical question AFF: If the event happened as Ms. Loeb describes, then what was the outcome when she called the deputies? She has a ‘neighbor’ shooting, and a round. What did they do? Nothing? Address the issue, or simply never showed up? She doesn’t say. Don’t we deserve to know?

    What she describes is already illegal. If we have laws on the books to address these issues, and they’re not enforced, then something isn’t working. We should make it work, or recognize that passing laws is a meaningless exercise. The answer is not mass punishment for all because of the violations of a few — that’s the authoritarian police state way.

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