Seems like I have been running a lot of these stories lately here on the blog. This time in South Carolina.
From the news account it looks like the residents got pretty worked up about having an indoor, private (members only) shooting range in their area. Thats fine. I am certainly for locals deciding their own fate about what goes on in their neck of the woods, but it seems that there was a great deal of misinformation that caused a sensationalistic environment for decisions to be made in.
The board also felt that a gun range in that area could be detrimental to the surrounding businesses and residents, as well as possibly affecting potential development in that area.
Several residents cited an increase of crime as a concern.
Board members questioned if gun ranges have caused an influx in crime in other areas.
I find all of this to be very troubling. Especially in light of the fact that this has been a running theme here for the last few days. Its is also disappointing that city council members would be so worked up about blocking this shooting range as well. One woman was down right giddy about it:
“We did it,” said City Councilwoman Gail Diggs after the meeting. “We came together as a community, and we did it.”