A company called Kloovenburg Sports wants to build an Olympic level sports shooting facility plus a mountain bike course, archery lanes, walking trails and skiing trails on roughly 800 acres of land in the middle of nowhere in rural Leduc County, AB.
The place sounds awesome and if Kloovenburg says they can produce Olympic level athletes close to home, even better. Seems like a no brainer. I hope they do kids’ birthday parties.
Except there is one big problem. Busy body neighbours are not a distinctly urban animal. Their territory covers the entire province.
Two people who live near the Kloovenburg property ran to the CBC to complain about concerns they had. After I read their complaints I did something they didn't bother to do: I read the environmental impact study done on behalf of Kloovenburg Sports.
One neighbor seems to be concerned about stray bullets and noise, and another one is worried about lead poisoning.
Let's be honest. It's not about the noise of the shooting or the environment. It’s about ignorance about guns and gun owners, of course.
These people think gun owners are irresponsible dangerous yahoos. They're the same people who hate guns until they need someone with a gun to save them from a bad guy with a gun.
But it’s also about something else. This is about lack of respect for property rights. People who don't pay someone else's mortgage and someone else's property taxes think they can tell legal owners what to do with their land if they just complain loud enough to the media and the government.
Honestly, I’d rather live next door to a gun range than a neighbor like that.