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|02-20-2012, 11:19 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Victoria, BC, Canada
Are we doing more damage?
Steve Davidson's guest article on Social Paintball implies we might be doing more than hurting participation by kicking new players butts at our local paintball fields? You can read it here: Drive By Shootings | Social Paintball
|02-20-2012, 11:32 AM||#2 (permalink)|
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I would say that it is a theory.
It could account for some of the drive by shootings but I don't think it could account for every drive by. At the same time I don't think the author would say every drive by is a result of a bad day at the field either...There are just too many variable involved when you have so many people doing this for so many different reasons.
He does have a point though, beating up on new players is only bad for the sport and regulars, field owners and staff should be held accountable for that.
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|02-20-2012, 11:39 AM||#3 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: College Station Tx
I don't think getting owned at the field would contribute to something like this. Me being a teen, most of the dumb things (usually not often) comes from a spur of the moment. I don't think the guys who did this were like "hey we got owned up at a field, lets go take it out on innocent pedestrians." Its probably more like "wouldn't it be fun to be a gangster and do drive bys? " and thus they get all there paintball gear thinking nothing will come out of it and its just fun a games because it is a paintball marker that only shoots paint, not a real gun. Plus I can say from personal experience that being in a group of people also tends for more stupid things to happen because of peer pressure and crowd mentality. I think what sets people to do this stuff is ignorance and stupidity. Ignorance because they don't understand the harm paintball markers can cause with improper safety and stupidity because they don't think it through or think about the consequences. Thats what I think of the situation.
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|02-20-2012, 11:55 AM||#4 (permalink)|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: cleveland ohio
It's somewhat true. But id say it's about as tried as how many serial phycos/killers society produces. Bc the behavior is one in the same.
But their are other reasOns not to destroy newbs. The biggest being sportsmanship and progressing the sport.
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|02-20-2012, 02:41 PM||#6 (permalink)|
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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Vail, AZ
Judging by the high % of guns I have to fix for the '1-2 times a year' players I doubt they are doing that. They typically put them back in their bags and put the bags in a closet when they get home. I'm not even going to read it to see if that's what they are saying.
|02-20-2012, 02:43 PM||#7 (permalink)|
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: in a van, by the river
my dad and my grandpa had a solution for the teen problem that is sadly frowned upon today - the belt - applied full force when needed.
Some things are so beyond stupid that it needs practical applied corporal punishment.
abuse is bad - but being honest - there are times that properly applied force is one of the most effective learning implements that man has lost =/
|02-20-2012, 02:56 PM||#9 (permalink)|
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If any of that were even partly true, it would not be us here at MCB that are causing it. We all tend to go out of our way to ensure that the new players have a good day.
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|02-20-2012, 03:12 PM||#10 (permalink)|
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Worcester, MA
Incidents like these have almost nothing to do with paintball. When a group of guys drive around smashing mailboxes with baseball bats do we assume they lost a game and are taking it out on the mailboxes? No, we assume they're a bunch of morons who probably don't play baseball.
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