WANT VERSUS NEED
"To be happy in life, you must learn the
difference between what you want, versus what
thing that's often brought up by those
who support the Trap and Skeet range
(and something we generally find
amusing) is the familiar
"If you lived next to an airport
would you want that shut down too?"
The simple answer to that would be:
The reason of course is obvious.
Unlike a shooting range, which only
serves the desires of people who
to shoot, an airport serves the
of millions of people - even those
who do not fly.
Airports move massive amounts of
people but also move freight,
medical supplies, mail and other
benefits entire regions and is thus
something that is quite necessary
and something that cannot be moved
just to satisfy a relatively small
number of people who may object to
the noise generated by such a
But a shooting range is not a "need",
it is a "want".
Only a small handful of a given
population avail themselves of the
services of a shooting range and
such an activity is fully voluntary
and is in no way "necessary".
desire for a shooting range cannot be
conflated with the necessity of an airport
and so the notion that others have to
endure the negative presence of a shooting
range because of some imagined and
for such a facility is ridiculous. Millions if not billions of people
in this world lead contented and
productive lives having never so much as
held a firearm much less patronized a
shooting range and so
the notion that a shooting range is
somehow necessary is absurd.
Like any other recreational
activity, shooting is something that
to do but it is not something that
to do and so such words as "necessary"
This is especially true of
municipally-owned and operated
Such facilities may be offered to a
municipalities' constituency but
cannot and should not be forced upon
any portion of that constituency.
A municipality has an obligation to
protect the quality of life of all
of its constituents, not just those
who desire to engage in shooting
sports. So a municipality
cannot decide that some of its
constituency are to be subjected to
a substandard quality of life just
so that those who shoot can have a
place to do so.
municipal shooting range can exist
without adversely affecting the
quality of life of other people, then by all means
it should be offered to the public as a
But if such a facility infringes upon
other people's rights to the peaceful
enjoyment of their property then
that facility becomes a
nuisance and it is the
responsibility of the municipality to
address that issue and if necessary to
close such a facility.
need places to live more than they need
places to play and the NEEDS of
thousands of people in a community ought
to trump the WANTS of a small group of
people pursuing a hobby.