May 08, 2017

Gun haters oppose Olympic sports complex

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

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. 

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commented 2017-05-09 23:19:59 -0400
CS Lewis, Tyranny
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.”
— Hmmm, omnipotent moral busybody ???
commented 2017-05-09 23:17:36 -0400
This is what happens when you import Eastern Urbo-weenies for many decades. They came to suck on the petro-tit and now want to reshape the province in their own image. They also turned the conservative province not Liberal-lite so that the average citizen votes “Conservative” since they don’t realize they no longer are.

Our local gun club had an open house where the club members provided pistols and ammo to allow the unschooled in the fine art of firearm handling a chance to experience the fun of a mini IPSC competition.. I would suggest that more clubs do this.
commented 2017-05-09 11:57:14 -0400
We would not want anyone to bring jobs or bushiness to Alberta. Especially on private property.
Lead shot is no longer in use over water it is steel shot now. Just say the word gun and the CBC is all over it.
Turdo must have heard them say world class facility. He wants the the third worlds ass backwards faculty.
commented 2017-05-08 23:37:32 -0400
I Do live next door to a gun range. It’s super. It’s called a gravel pit for some reason though.
commented 2017-05-08 20:17:38 -0400
Good article anyway Sheila – a timely issue too. The Shooting sports are expanding faster than existing accommodations can support. Lots of people have discovered the challenging discipline and sport of precision shooting. Existing clubs and ranges are filled to limits and there are membership backlogs of 2-3 years in many. Proper supervised facilities have to be created to supply the demand as belonging to a club/range is a legal requirement for many competitive firearms permit holders.

Fear of a gun range moving in is understandable to a degree – the way people unfamiliar with the shooting sports have been conditioned by MSM sensationalizing and special interest lobby fear mongering, the average person has a net negative opinion of firearms and the legitimate firearms sporting community. I’m old enough to remember when motorcycle clubs and events were viewed the same way.

I have been involved with the shooting sports organizationally, as a competitor and safety coordinator for longer than I care to remember. Canada’s organized shooting sports orgs and facilities are world class, and the safest places on earth to be. The people involved are responsible consummate professionals and we have an actuarial track record of safety that provides us with 100s of millions of dollars worth of liability insurance for less than 60 bucks a head. In Canada no person or livestock near a licensed range has ever suffered loss.

But you’d never know these easily obtained facts listening to CBC.
commented 2017-05-08 20:09:25 -0400
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Sheila Gunn Reid wrote, "Honestly, I’d rather live next door to a gun range than a neighbor like that. "
Me too Sheila!
commented 2017-05-08 18:53:17 -0400
For me it is marked as private.
commented 2017-05-08 18:33:55 -0400
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