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|11-10-2006, 09:46 PM||#12 (permalink)|
It comes down to restricting the age of buyers and limiting access to the guns themselves.
This sort of thing would not be nearly as common in my opinion if paintball guns were pulled from the shelves of Wal-Marts, where they seem to be bought more on a whim than anything else. How many of these crimes are committed with a Talon or some cheap semi I wonder? Keep the guns in the pro-shop where they belong, where only those dedicated to PLAYING paintball are gonna be. If you want to play paintball, you are instantly urged to do everything in your power to keep it legal!
The "age restriction" at my local pro-shops (3 in my area) are completely thrown out the window! I'm not saying that when you turn 18, suddenly you reach some great level of maturity, but the odds are still better. Too many pro-shops will sell a gun to anybody regardless of age, maturity or experience just to make the sale, and this is NOT right!
End of rant (for now)
|11-10-2006, 10:02 PM||#13 (permalink)|
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Join Date: Jul 2006
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Couldn't have happened in a worse place either. Denver is mid-America's Liberal Capital. I could see them whipping up some anti-paintball laws to 'prevent' a repeat of this event.
Agree with AGDretro. Knew this sort of thing would come the moment paintball became mass market. We just have to take the good with the bad though. The sport grew and became mainstream. That we will have idiots misusing their gear is part of that. I bet there isn't a single streetsign in my town now that doesn't have the tell tale shadow of a paintball hit on it now. But then again, I can walk into McDonalds and see guys wearing paintball t-shirts or with bumperstickers on their cars and I can talk about paintball to people without first having to explain what it is.
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|11-11-2006, 12:05 AM||#14 (permalink)|
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|11-11-2006, 02:07 AM||#15 (permalink)|
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It's a bad situation, however, the baseball bat argument doesn't work around here. When the cops ask if you have any weapons they list baseball bats and overlook paintball guns.
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|11-11-2006, 04:52 AM||#16 (permalink)|
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Its all fun and games until someone loses an eye...
I have caught myself preaching to several "non-pantball" players on the donts and responsibilties of a Paintball gun. This is a shame!
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|11-11-2006, 08:28 AM||#17 (permalink)|
I don't think we can do much here without help. I think what we need to do, other than preach to everyone what a great and safe game/sport paintball is to the masses is put as much pressure as we can on corporate paintball to do the same. After all it's in there best interests too.
|11-11-2006, 01:11 PM||#18 (permalink)|
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Virginia Beach, Virginia
The real bad deal is they didn't catch em and it said they were chuckling as they drove off. Therefore they might do it again. That sucks that the victim has no health insurance.... Going around (potentially) blinding people is just ****ed up. If someone permanantly disables another they should get severe penaltys for it. As for the actual paintball/injury arguement....whenever asked about this i just tell people to go look up the stats. If you read up on it, paintball is towards the bottom of the list for highest injury counts from a sport. There are always more in football, hockey, waterskiing, rugby, and other sports.
|11-11-2006, 04:44 PM||#19 (permalink)|
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I'm in Co. and apparently, these winners shot at a guy in the Twin Peaks mall parking lot about 25 mins. earlier. Hopefully the mall cameras picked them up.
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|11-11-2006, 06:40 PM||#20 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: San Francisco Bay Area, California
Not really sure of banning them from wally-worlds would work nor would limiting sales to 18 and above (or using any arbitrary maturity level) . Twits were using paintball guns for illegal uses way before paintball became mainstream and way before wally-world infected this nation with their stores and began selling talons and other pb crap to the ignorant masses.
I don't care how much we all talk positively to the still un-washed masses and corporate hacks about our sport of paintball. There will always be that one twit in a million that will abuse it and not care until they are strung up on a tree.
on a side note, why does Firefox keep insisting it's "paint ball" and not "Paintball"?