Too many guns. How many is too much? Well, we might start with the nameless half-wit somewhere in Ruskin last weekend who thought it would be fun to shoot off some celebratory gunfire on New Year’s Eve.
A 12-year-old boy, Diego Duran, was on the bloody receiving end of all the revelry. Duran, a popular student at Beth Shields Middle School, was simply trying to enjoy the New Year’s fireworks with his family until the errant bullet struck the top of his head.
The devastating shot could have come from as far as several miles away. The goober shooter might not even know what he or she did. But the Duran family sure knows.
The editorial does not say, but the young boy was critically wounded. At the moment of impact, he issued blood from his nose and eyes.
My argument about guns in the air is that if you actually shoot a bullet up in the air, mostly straight, it will probably slow, stop, and drop at terminal velocity. But much shooting into the air achieves a ballistic trajectory so the bullet continues moving and spinning at all times. Since it starts out much faster than the speed of sound, by the time it gets a mile or two away it can still be quite fatal. Thus, snipers.