Friday, December 09, 2005

5…4…3…2…Incoming! Duck!

The back of a bus had to inform me this morning that I may have to worry about being hit by stray bullets on New Year’s Eve. The PSA poster had a picture of a hand shooting a gun in the air with a red circle and line though it, and some text saying something along the lines of “Don’t shoot guns in the air. It is a felony. Celebrate the holidays safely!”

WTF people? Why would you feel the need to include a deadly weapon in the drunken festivities celebrating the New Year? Until I saw this on the back of a bus, it had not even occurred to me that this was something to potentially worry about.

Reproduced from the LAPD’s website, here are some tips:

Remember, New Year's Eve is a time of celebration. Firing a handgun in the city limits is a felony and has serious consequences. New Year's Eve also traditionally has been one of the largest deployments of our Department's resources. Happy Holidays!


*Shooting a gun into the air is a felony. You will spend up to one year in prison if you are caught.

*If you are arrested for shooting a gun into the air, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

*If a stray bullet from your gun should kill someone, you will be arrested and charged with murder.

*People involved in celebrating the holidays by shooting their guns do not realize the danger posed by their actions.

*A bullet fired into the air can climb up to two miles. When it falls back to the earth, it can reach a speed of 300 to 700 feet per second.

*If you ever see someone fire a gun into the air, call the police.

*Celebrate the holidays safely and responsibly. Don't fire guns into the air.

(no shit, Sherlock!)

Apparently this is also a problem in Miami around the 4th and NYE. Just another reminder of how completely retarded some people can be.


Blogger Stewsday said...

Yep! I can report that its the same in many parts of South America. See, its warm there and people are outside and lighting off explosives and shooting guns in the air. In Brazil, celebrations often look like war zones.

11:52 AM  
Blogger tabitha jane said...

makes me think of the movie "the mexican" where that exact thing happened!

did anyone see this movie? (i loved it!)

3:03 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

That's freaky!! I think there was something like that in Vegas somewhere last year, like a news service announcement saying don't shoot guns. People are amazing. I hope all is well with you miss <3

12:37 PM  
Blogger Tanya Kristine said...

damn...way to ruin my plans, Shanani!

oh well...i'll just drink like the rest of the people and leave my gun at home.

3:26 PM  

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