News Is History from Which to Learn
The new Internet home of the all-digital Range Report at www.rangereport.org provides you with a menu of potential benefits. For example, there you can find two versions of the electronic magazine: one as a flip-page edition; the other is a PDF edition that can be read on screen or printed as a hard copy. At the website you can call up and read past editions of the magazine, and you can also view the advertisements on the website, as well as in the magazine, of the companies that are supporting “NSSF’s magazine for shooting facilities.”
There is another feature that brings fresh information to the website on a frequent, in fact, almost daily, basis. “Ranges in the News” lists the headline, source and link to news-making articles that are relevant to the shooting range community.
If you’ve read the latest edition of The Range Report and hadn’t seen a reason to come back to the website until the next quarterly edition was posted, “Ranges in the News” has been overlooked. And that’s a mistake.
When you were in school, you studied history of your state, your nation and the world. Perhaps the most important point you could have attained from all of those text books, lectures and, perhaps, even field trips is the often-referenced quote, “Those who ignore history are doomed to repeat it.” As an adult you have likely come to realize that the content of today’s newspapers and other media vehicles is also the content of tomorrow’s history books.
Compiling the items in “Ranges in the News” has not only been of benefit to the visitors to the website but to me as well. Creating a Google Search for “shooting ranges,” reviewing daily the articles that are cited in the search and reading each of those has made me even more informed about the subject area that The Range Report covers and about the newsworthy challenges, developments and issues shooting ranges face. Topics for future features are filed.
Of course, some unexpected articles come up in a search for “shooting ranges,” such as a number of stories on one or another player in the National Basketball Association who is having trouble shooting from distant ranges, say beyond the three-point line.
Among the relevant articles, however, what has struck me is how many entrepreneurs are applying for permits to establish commercial shooting ranges. At the same time, it is frightening to see how virtually every application is opposed by some members of the community. Another topic that frequently comes up is complaints from neighbors aimed at existing ranges concerning noise and safety.
If you are an established range, especially an outdoor facility, you may have been subject to such complaints.
If the saying “Misery loves company” is a comforting thought, then reading about other ranges being targeted by neighbors can offer therapy. Better than therapy, however, is the cure for what’s ailing you, and by reading how other ranges have addressed complaints, whether legitimate or not, you may find, for immediate or future reference, a satisfactory remedy. Accomplishing that is, of course, a big part of what The Range Report is all about. Our feature articles try to incorporate actual examples from existing shooting facilities to support advice offered. Our Real-life Scenario features are a case study from which readers can learn a valuable lesson. “Building Bridges” in this Winter 2013 issue is a perfect example of a study in cooperation between shooting facilities and official agencies.
For all of its great attributes, however, The Range Report is a quarterly publication, meaning that it comes out only four times a year. “Ranges in the News,” however, is updated several times each week. That’s reason enough to make sure you come back often to www.rangereport.org, even after you’ve read this issue.