By Tom Knighton
Every New Year’s Eve, I hear gunshots. I’m not sure if it’s just a Southern thing or universal, but some people like to take their guns out and pop off a few rounds at midnight. And no, they’re gunshots, not fireworks which I also hear.
This year, the Shreveport, LA Police Department is asking folks to not shoot their guns up in the air.
“With New Year’s Eve just around the corner,” the department said in a press release on Thursday, “the Shreveport Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone NOT to fire guns into the air in celebration of the New Year.”
It’s a fair request.
“Please remember that what goes up must come down,” the department notes. “and that certainly applies to bullets shot into the air. While some may think they magically disappear, this is not the case, and people can be hurt or killed by falling projectiles.”
After all, it’s a matter of physics. While something falling straight down will eventually reach terminal velocity, which is too slow for a round to kill, that only happens if you fire at a perfect 90 degrees to the ground. At 89 degrees or 91 degrees, things …Read the Rest
Source:: Bearing Arms