ARKANSAS SPORTSMAN: Guns will always be a hot topic

In Sunday’s column about stopping dangerous people from getting guns, I referenced the wrong mass shooting.

The shooting at Heath High School in Paducah, Ky., took place in 1997.

Rebecca Sealock witnessed the 2018 shooting at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., where a 15-year-old student killed two students and injured 14 others.

“Becky was not only 20 feet away when he started shooting, she was one of the first teachers to get to Bailey Holt (a victim) after the shooting,” Jason Sealock wrote in an email. mail. “She and the school nurse were unsuccessful in reviving Bailey with CPR. She was covered in blood for almost 30 minutes until paramedics were allowed into the building. We are went to months of PTSD counseling We’ve slept with all the lights on in the house For months to this day Becky can’t be in the middle of a crowded room she has to have her back against a wall because the shooting began behind her in a crowded room.

“We don’t talk about it much here anymore,” Sealock continued. “It tore our community apart and the school was never the same again.”

The shooter used a 9mm Ruger handgun which he carried to school in a backpack.

“Who knows what the solution is? Sealock asked. “The truth is, most parents have no idea what their kids are doing or saying on social media. So I’m not sure many get caught before.”

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I belonged to several hunting and shooting sites on Facebook, but left them as it was a waste of time.

I belonged to a site devoted to the Swedish 6.5×55, which for many years was my favorite hunting cartridge. I belong to another devoted to the 7mm Remington Magnum, as well as a group of Winchester enthusiasts, a group of Ruger collectors, a group of Remington enthusiasts, and a group of Browning enthusiasts.

I was hoping to expand my network through these groups, learn new information about reloading, and find out more about the guns I like and use. Unfortunately, most of these sites are populated by know-it-alls, holier, ordinary trolls.

The standard message is someone asking for advice on buying brand A versus brand B. This is a spam message to start a dialogue. Sometimes it contains a preamble explaining how the poster did their research, read volumes of literature, and manipulated many different models before deciding on the A and B marks.

Invariably, a fool – usually several – injects additional options. Two or more respondents clash and hijack the thread with name-calling and petty bickering.

There are also people browsing each thread. Whatever the subject, they will respond with something like “Berger 150 gr. 52 gr. R22”. That’s a nice loadout, except the question was about scopes or bipods.

Tactical people mostly have colloquial terms that they love. Their favorite verb is run.

“I use a DPMS Master Blaster with this ammo.”

“What optic do you guys use on your Master Blasters?

“I run a Ballistic Specialties chrony…”

Then there was the guy who asked what kind of coffee hunters ran for their backcountry hunting trips. It was a bridge too far for a guy who asked, “Seriously, are we making coffee now?”

And then he offered the coffee he offered.

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A couple of friends earn a very good living in this profession of writing about firearms. Many of their articles tout the best cartridge for whitetails, or that the 270 Winchester is better than the 6.5 Creedmoor. They fill these things with data to prove their point, which they argue with passion.

In the next issue they argue just as passionately that the 6.5 Creedmoor is better than the 270 Win.

My conclusion over the years is that at least for most southern hunts, there is not enough difference in a cartridge to matter. If your typical shot is 150 yards or less, a 7mm magnum isn’t a dime more effective than a Winchester 30-30.

It starts to matter when you start shooting at 200+ yards, and it matters a lot at 300+ yards.

The only criteria that matter are speed, terminal velocity and terminal energy. The faster a bullet leaves the muzzle, the faster it will hit the target and the less it will drift or fall. This means that the point of aim and the point of impact will be closer than with a slower bullet.

When he strikes, he must expand and he must have enough energy to strike an exit wound considerably larger than the entry wound.

It’s that simple.

Jessica C. Bell