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#1 Posted by golguin (3928 posts) -

I live in Southern California so hearing gunshots on holidays isn't really a new thing. There were 7 quick gunshots a few minutes before the clock struck 12 (I guess their time is off or they couldn't wait) and I've been hearing a fairly steady stream since then.

Do you hear gunshots where you live? Do cops even bother to investigate when it's happening all over the city?

#2 Edited by TobbRobb (4650 posts) -

What. Really?

That doesn't sound especially safe. You know, with all the alcohol.

#3 Posted by StarvingGamer (8243 posts) -

Fireworks, possibly.

Nah this is south central adjacent.

Partially fireworks.

Set off a bunch of car alarms.

#4 Edited by Warfare (1634 posts) -

I'm also in Southern California so yes.

#5 Edited by PimblyCharles (1435 posts) -

@golguin said:

I live in Southern California so hearing gunshots on holidays isn't really a new thing. There were 7 quick gunshots a few minutes before the clock struck 12 (I guess their time is off or they couldn't wait) and I've been hearing a fairly steady stream since then.

Do you hear gunshots where you live? Do cops even bother to investigate when it's happening all over the city?

I live on a dead end street right on the outskirts of a dangerous area in central NY. The city police spokesman lives 3 houses down. We both hunt and shoot. The duders that own the land separating my house from one of the bad parts of town are constantly hunting back there. Point being, I was raised around gun shots, and if controlled properly, they are no big deal to me or any one living around me. It pisses me off that kids aren't being taught the US Constitution like my relatives and I were taught growing up. Like it or not, guns are a part of life to me and many of the folks that live around me. We sometimes depend on the meat it provides to live.

However, if a gun is in the wrong hands, it can be devastating to the whole group. Kind of like when Jack Thompson blames video games for unnecessary gun violence. I see it almost every month where I live.

#6 Posted by Sergio (2127 posts) -

Fireworks. Bay Area that isn't Oakland.

#7 Posted by AlKusanagi (920 posts) -

Yup. It ain't a North Carolina New Year without fools dumpin' into the air.

#9 Posted by PimblyCharles (1435 posts) -

Yup. It ain't a North Carolina New Year without fools dumpin' into the air.

Never dump into the air. The larger the caliber, the worse the results

#10 Posted by Redbullet685 (6044 posts) -

Fuck people who shoot into the air! Those bullets gotta fall down somewhere.

#11 Edited by OllyOxenFree (4973 posts) -

Pop pop pop watchin' birds drop.

#12 Posted by joshwent (2207 posts) -

Yep, read this.

Mythbusters looked into the dangers of "Celebratory Gunfire". The findings: unless a bullet is shot perfectly vertical, it can easily regain ballistic trajectory and potentially travel even further than an intentionally aimed shot. A handful of people are killed by it every year.

Killed.

If anyone knows anyone who does this, STOP THEM IMMEDIATELY.

(happy new year)

#13 Posted by Hunter5024 (5686 posts) -

I've never heard those before.

#14 Edited by TyCobb (1972 posts) -

Lots of fireworks went off, but no gunshots here in my area of Northern California. I am sure there were some in the ghetto parts of the Sacramento area.

#15 Edited by BIGJEFFREY (5055 posts) -

I Probably heard some but here in LA people just go crazy with Fireworks, gun shots, M80s in bottles. Living hard in the streets bro.

#16 Posted by c_rakestraw (853 posts) -

Nope. Just fireworks. Sure sounded a lot like gunfire, though.

#17 Posted by TruthTellah (9095 posts) -

I occasionally hear a firework or two, but thankfully no gunshots. There was a scary story in our town a couple years back when a bullet on New Years crashed through a window and nearly hit their baby. Really crazy.

People should shoot off fireworks or shoot blanks, not loaded guns.

#18 Posted by ripelivejam (3966 posts) -

there was a guy missing one leg and i may have heard an elephant trumpeting while walking home, but that was about it. :\

#19 Edited by ajamafalous (11994 posts) -

Plenty of fireworks, but no gunshots.

#20 Edited by TheDudeOfGaming (6078 posts) -

Yup. I live in Serbia, so gunshots on new year's are a relatively common occurrence. It's also a safe bet that the dudes who are shooting may have had one or two shots of brandy.

Whatever man, it's tradition.

#21 Posted by Steadying (1247 posts) -

Nope, just fireworks (I'm assuming they were all fireworks). Shooting a loaded gun into the air is a really stupid thing to do.

#22 Posted by Danteveli (1186 posts) -

China so no since no one cares about the calendar new year.

#23 Posted by Ramone (2966 posts) -

I'm so glad I live in the UK sometimes.

#24 Posted by WinterSnowblind (7617 posts) -
@tobbrobb said:

What. Really?

That doesn't sound especially safe. You know, with all the alcohol.

Or you know, gravity.

#25 Posted by TobbRobb (4650 posts) -

@wintersnowblind: I didn't make the connection of shooting them in the air like retards until reading it in the thread. Figured it at least was downrange or something.

#26 Edited by troll93 (388 posts) -

As I live in Australia, no I did not.

#27 Edited by GnaTSoL (793 posts) -

I used to hear my fair share of gunshots in North Miami growing up there.

To say the least, I don't live down there anymore more. It could have been worse for me growing up though. For that I am gracious.

#28 Posted by erhard (404 posts) -

I shot off 20-30 fireworks this year, which was alright.

@tobbrobb said:

What. Really?

That doesn't sound especially safe. You know, with all the alcohol.

Or you know, gravity.

As long as you shoot straight up falling bullets aren't very dangerous, if I recall correctly. Any sort of arc would probably still be lethal, though.

#30 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4811 posts) -

nope. No gunshots where I live. Then again there are maybe three people in total that live on this road so.

#31 Posted by AlexW00d (6275 posts) -

@atlas said:

@ramone said:

I'm so glad I live in the UK sometimes.

Yep

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#32 Posted by DetectiveSpecial (466 posts) -

In Chicago, typically yes - but last night was too fucking cold and snowy, so we got a reprieve.

#33 Posted by development (2333 posts) -

@joshwent said:

If anyone knows anyone who does this, STOP THEM IMMEDIATELY.

Fuck that. They got guns.

#34 Posted by Thoseposers (785 posts) -

My girlfriend's dad fired off a matchlock rifle twice for fun, it was real loud and smelly

#35 Posted by tescovee (358 posts) -

In Chicago, typically yes - but last night was too fucking cold and snowy, so we got a reprieve.

+1

#36 Posted by SMTDante89 (2581 posts) -

Being in West Virginia, more than likely. That's usually how it goes, with a small mix of fireworks. Not sure about last night though, I was out pretty early and slept through the typical New Years celebrations that go on around here.

#37 Posted by Kaiserreich (699 posts) -

Nope

#38 Edited by TheHT (11266 posts) -

Yup. I live in Serbia, so gunshots on new year's are a relatively common occurrence. It's also a safe bet that the dudes who are shooting may have had one or two shots of brandy.

Whatever man, it's tradition.

Yeah, who cares if a human life or two is needlessly ended as a result. It's tradition!

Fuck. That.

#39 Posted by HatKing (5950 posts) -

I haven't read the local news or anything, so it's hard saying if it happened. Lots of noises. Between fireworks and other things that go bang. And just general obnoxiousness of people, I tend to tune it all out. Wouldn't surprise me if it did happen though.

#40 Posted by afabs515 (1083 posts) -

New York is pretty fun on New Years

#41 Posted by Hamst3r (4484 posts) -

Nope, I moved from California to Colorado a few years ago, so no more gunshots or police sirens at night. Not even on new years. :P

#42 Posted by Aetheldod (3584 posts) -

Surprisingly this year I didn´t heard gunshots , which is strange because here at Chapala lake lots of people do that.

#43 Edited by UitDeToekomst (714 posts) -

Didn't hear anything in my neck of the woods... but I was asleep by 9:00 so I am probably not the best to answer that question. Things are generally pretty tame around here on New Years.

#44 Edited by Abendlaender (2806 posts) -

There was a guy in Vienna who shot at the ground a few times near me. Can't really say if I heard them or not. Police came and arrested him. Also he was carrying a fake ID card and bought the gun from the black market. A very clever guy.

#45 Posted by Seppli (10251 posts) -

Nope. Isn't that what fireworks are for? Also, don't those bullets rain down somewhere? At terminal velocity? Like it'll fuck anything up it hits?

So fuck those guys shooting in the air. Flippin' madmen!

#46 Posted by Dalai (7030 posts) -

Pennsylvania loves fireworks and guns so yeah, absolutely.

#47 Edited by Gamer_152 (14078 posts) -

@ramone said:

I'm so glad I live in the UK sometimes.

This. All I get are fireworks and boat horns. Like a lot of the other posters said, just firing shit into the air is depressingly irresponsible.

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#48 Posted by Humanity (9258 posts) -

I just did the drinking thing.

#49 Posted by Nev (548 posts) -

Yep. I live in Southern Missouri, and it's pretty much fireworks exploding all day on New Years, and guns around Midnight.

#50 Posted by SomeJerk (3251 posts) -

One gunshot into the lawn here (close to the capital of Sweden). Guy thought it would be difficult to distinguish fireworks from the sound of a heavy revolver emptying a round into the dirt, and that his girl wouldn't yell at him in panic for what he just did.

He wishes he had bought some fireworks now.