November 23, 2019 at 3:17 pm #3162James CrawfordParticipant
Whenever I enter the Dune Road crossover and see the list of activities we’re not allowed to do on the beach, I’m reminded of that late 60s song by the Human Beinz band that begins, “No no NO, no no no no no…” No smoking on the beach, no dogs on the beach, no glass containers on the beach, no trash on the beach, etc.
But guess what, there’s one activity that TSBA evidently overlooked on its list of the forbidden: firearms on the beach. As luck would have it (good or bad, depending on your point of view), Delaware is an “open carry” state, and it’s perfectly legal to carry or wear firearms almost anywhere. I don’t see guns or target practice on TSBA’s list of forbidden beach pastimes.
Fact is, I’m not much of a gun lover, though taught to use ’em at an early age. Last time I hunted was in 1979 in Clark Range, Tennessee, for wild boar — after grizzly bears, the second most dangerous game beast in the U.S. I figured that a 250-pound sharp-tusked pig had a decent chance against me & my rifle. Wrong. After bringing a charging boar down with one shot at a distance of 10 feet, I vowed never to harm another living thing again, not ever, and to safeguard life in all its forms whenever possible. Here on my Virginia farm if I find a black snake napping in the horses’ run-in, I gently pick him up by the tail and move him some place safe where he won’t get trampled by a half-ton thoroughbred. I won’t even step on a spider or ant, I respect life that much.
For that matter, I don’t argue with with my fellow man or woman, either, for any reason. As a student of Bushido karate some years past, I was taught to avoid ill words and fights at any cost. Once a fight starts, you never know where it will end. It’s all too easy to hurt others, or get hurt yourself.
All that said, it so happens I own a Ruger Security Six pistol, an old-fashioned six-shooter. Bought it for self-defense some 20 years ago after some crazed terrorist murdered government employees waiting for a green light to turn into the CIA building in McLean, Va. Truth is, though I was once a crack shot with the things, I now hate pistols and have never fired that Ruger, not even once. Don’t plan to any time soon, either. It rests unloaded in a locked box, rusting most likely.
But what if some nut-case gun-owner chose to think & act differently and bring a gun on the beach? Right now, there’s not a thing that TSBA could do legally to prevent it. And for some, deliberate defiance of current TSBA rules and common courtesy is the rule. Last time I visited the beach I saw people walking dogs there, despite the rule against it and the obviously insanitary nature of doing so. Ditto for fishing on the beach. Several people stood in the surf watching their fishing lines go up & down in the waves. When I brought it to their attention that my granddaughter got a lost fish hook caught in her foot on that very spot a few years back, they laughed and kept fishing. Not far off, several folks chuckled while smoking cigarettes.
In that vein, I’m reminded of the drunken renter shooting off rockets on the beach one 4th of July evening. He was so stoned that he inadvertently kicked over his rocket stand, sending a live missile right into my chest. Had I been shorter, like a child for instance, I could’ve lost an eye.
Like I’ve always said, coming to the beach tends to bring out the child in us all. Unfortunately, sometimes it’s the spoiled, willful child determined to get his or her way regardless of the potential harm to others.
Going forward, I trust that we will all respect our fellow beach-goers, and not “step in it” in defiance of the most important rule of all: common decency & respect for others.
November 23, 2019 at 4:08 pm #3163Amanda TooneParticipant
Getting concerned about your mental well-being! That rant was all over the place. I agree with the negative list of DONTs as we enter the beach. Not a very friendly greeting, but other than that, I don’t know where you were going with that. Maybe stay off the group forum with non-sensicle rants for a while?! Not everyone understands your sense of humor as those of us who have worked closely with you do! Hope your Thanksgiving is Good!
November 24, 2019 at 12:46 pm #3164James CrawfordParticipant
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