Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Red State Mentality

As far as wingnuttery states go, Idaho is one of the most. Likewise, Idaho is also among the leaders when it come to gunnuttery. Still, I find this story to be utterly bizarre. From the Jackson News-Tribune:

BOISE, Idaho - For years, ATV-riding, gun-toting sport shooters have flouted gun laws in part of Idaho‘s high desert by taking pot shots at ground squirrels and other animals. Now, officials say, they‘re also setting their sights on National Guard tanks that train in the area.

But the federal Bureau of Land Management is considering expanding the gun-restricted area by 41,000 acres to try to limit shootings at Idaho Army National Guard troops who report slugs bouncing off their tanks on a regular basis.


Soldiers training for missions in Iraq or other war zones are only looking for simulated battles, he said — not real bullets whizzing their way.

"It was like World War III on the weekends," [Sullivan] said. (Ed. Note: Not sure who Sullivan is, the story doesn't say)

Now granted, these guys are in tanks, but still I'm guessing that they occasionally have to pop their heads out for various reasons, and shooting at them certainly violates several laws, both state and federal.

I guess that's what you call supporting the troops, Idaho style.

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