Turkish gun laws
There's a call for stricter gun control in Turkey. Apparently their idea of gun control is discouraging people from shooting randomly into the air to celebrate weddings, etc. The estimate given is that around 200 people a year die from this manner of celebration; from the sound of it, the celebrants sometimes fire "into the air," more like parallel to the ground.
We need to send Eddie Eagle over with a crate of firecrackers.
We need to send Eddie Eagle over with a crate of firecrackers
or if they feel they absolutely must use rifles, a palletload or two of blank cartridges.
Posted by: Nomen Nescio at September 4, 2006 04:10 PM
Somebody needs to introduce Turkish lawmakers to the concept of reckless endangerment. True, it's difficult in the case of shooting in the air to connect the shooting to the harm done. But it would be easy enough to make any such obviously recklessly dangerous acts an offense. Then it's up to the LEOs to make enough "education stops" to get the word out -- if somebody will get out there and educate the LEOs.
There's a whole lot to be said for the capacity of the local beatcops to influence behavior in the neighborhood.
Posted by: Niccolo at September 5, 2006 12:58 AM
"Respect for human life is one of the most important aspects of our religion,"---Would that be the religion that believes in forced conversions and holds it to be a capital offense to renounce said conversions later?
Posted by: The Mechanic at September 5, 2006 04:21 PM
I thought the Turkish police had a pretty clear idea on how to get the word out - if they choose.
I wouldn't stand between them and something they wanted.
Posted by: ChrisPer at September 6, 2006 03:09 AM
Mythbusuters did a show on this, the results of which agrees with my conclusions from years of reading on the subject.
IF you fire *straight* up, it's probably not deadly, except by the the strangest coincidence (like looking up and getting it in the eyball). The speed and mass of a falling bullet is not sufficient to pentrate the skin deeply, much less a skull.
ANY deviation from "straight up" contributes a horizontal vector to the bullet velocity, and this, at more than a couple of degrees off vertical, CAN
My only disappointment with the Mythbusters segment was that they didn't point out (or didn't know) that they were repeating an experiment that Hatcher had done in the late 40's.
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Posted by: Bud at September 11, 2006 12:13 PM