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