Wednesday, March 22, 2006

times sure have changed

you've all heard the "when i was a kid...." lines.
here's one of my own: when i was a kid, nobody in town (Burns Oregon, pop. 1400)even thought twice about seeing two 11 year olds walking down the street with side by side shotguns or 22s slung over their shoulders. i used to go to old man Wentzl's store, buy a box of #4 shot 20 gauge shotgun shells, and john would buy a box or two of 22 long rifle hollow points (hey, those were the best dammit. we knew that hollow points were the bullet of choice of shooting writers in field and stream, so that's the best, no questions asked!) hell, jackrabbits were just a couple of feet outside city limits. as long as you didn't point the guns back into town, nobody cared. that's what kids were supposed to do!
now compare that to
Police closed off most of the Golden Triangle and blocked highway exits to Downtown while they investigated reports of an armed man atop a building on Wednesday afternoon.

After about two hours of frenzied police activity, officials held a news conference on Penn Avenue and said that they had determined that the man seen by witnesses had only been shooting a pellet gun at pigeons.

read the rest of the article here
hat tip to drudge for the lead


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Golden Triangle? Penn Avenue? Must be Pittsburgh, hey.

*goes to read article*

3/22/06, 3:36 PM  
Blogger jeffox said...

Yeah, like he was gonna eat what he shot. :) :) :)

3/22/06, 5:28 PM  
Blogger Retired Geezer said...

Hi Geezer, I'm Retired Geezer.
Got here from the Carnival.

When I was a kid, I used to walk through the school grounds with my .22 on the way out to the desert near Las Vegas. Won't try it today.

I see you have my neighbor The Stupid Shall be Punished, Bubblehead, on your blogroll.

I'm looking forward to meeting him some day.

4/1/06, 3:54 PM  

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