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bar1035

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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 7:30:01 AM

OCALA, Fla. -- A 12-year-old north Florida boy shot a high-powered rifle and hit a 69,000-volt transmission line, causing almost 6,000 customers in Lynne, Silver Springs Shores, Silver Springs and Ocklawaha to lose service for several hours.
The Ocala Star-Banner (http://bit.ly/Vw7rxh) reports that the Clay Electric Co-op said the outage began at about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and lasted for about five hours.
The Marion County Sheriff's Office has classified the incident as accidental, since the boy claimed he was shooting the rifle at tree limbs and was not targeting the transmission line.
Clay Electric serves approximately 165,000 members in 14 counties including Marion.
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WalkingWV
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:52:32 PM

Time to ban 12 year old north Florida boys?
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gasokie
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:26:39 PM

Makes you think...though.....
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remay
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 12:17:30 PM

relevance?
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 1:43:47 AM

On Jan 4, 2013 7:39:18 AM, beale055 wrote:

>Why wasnt he in school?

Ummm, because Tuesday was New Years' Day?

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tnfran
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2013 1:01:45 AM

WHere are the parents, especially the father? A high powered rifle no less!
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Eugenian
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 9:47:14 PM

Brat.
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ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 9:42:32 PM

Why was this rifle not locked up? That boy needs some safety training.
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mpg611
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 6:38:30 PM

Wish this boy could shoot high gas prices causing high gas price outtage.
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:23:50 PM


In the immortal words of Rick Perry, "Ooopps!"
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rjojo40
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 5:13:17 PM

the parents should teach him better respect for all weapons.
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Jkent1953
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 3:20:33 PM

Sounds like a 12 year old doing what a 12 year old would do with a high powered rifle.
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Discovery02
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 2:21:39 PM

So a 12-year-old shooting a high-powered rifle at branches is OK? Tell me again why a 12-year-old needs access to a high-powered rifle to shoot at trees in city limits?
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jimgraham
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 1:49:35 PM

And "they" - whoever "they" is - said it couldn't be done.

Shows how much "they" know.
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oilfreak
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 12:39:52 PM

So many irresponsible people everywhere these days.
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evowner
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 11:39:20 AM

A rifle in the hands of a 12 year old powerful enough to take out a transmission line. The parents or guardians are responsible for reasonable damages.
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jeffbone
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 11:13:08 AM

"Not Newsworthy"
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Norm10
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 11:10:44 AM

Pretty good shot - he must have been using an elephant gun!
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playtimeCLE
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 11:07:36 AM

The kid probably didn't want to admit he was shooting squirrels. What are the odds here?

[Edited by: playtimeCLE at 1/4/2013 11:09:29 AM EST]
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ss70
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 10:58:44 AM

great ... 12 year old gets a gun and shoots around ...
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 10:58:38 AM

How far do those bullets travel? At best the kid is ignorant and the parents are stupid. Lock the parents up and take that gun away from them.
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pulpwood
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 10:50:03 AM

tree limbs....... right
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 10:45:26 AM

12 year old with a high powered rifle. good parenting. not too smart, 2 weeks after sandy hook.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 10:35:33 AM

Where are the kids parents ? Hope they have to pay for the repairs !!
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 10:29:19 AM

Sounds scary!
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 10:14:13 AM

know your target before firing
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 9:52:22 AM

"high-powered rifle" - I bet it was a .22 single shot rifle. Just slanted media hype on the story as usual.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 9:44:37 AM

"High-powered rifle"? Any time you discharge a firearm, it should be with the knowledge that the bullet will not endanger people or property if you miss the intended target. People simply firing handguns into the air in celebration of New Year's have killed and injured people on the ground when the bullet came down. Same with bullets fired by hunters aiming at game and missing, only to have the bullet travel on to do its damage.

Firing a rifle into the air this way is just plain dumb. And the kid was 12 years old? Parental controls? Lack of safety training?
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SUNOIL
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 9:41:14 AM

Boys will be boys
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 9:23:41 AM

How did he get caught ?

Publicizing, will have teens all across the country trying to see if they can do it ;)
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ObieDog
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 9:18:26 AM

There is a large load of stupid.
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VomVom
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 9:15:15 AM

A 12 year old with a rifle shooting randomly?!
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DanMtz
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 9:14:33 AM

Shooting at limbs? Try birds.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 9:09:07 AM

k
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 9:06:06 AM

Of course he was trying to hit the wire, he's 12.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 9:02:41 AM

Wow. Scared the C&@p out of him I am sure.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:58:58 AM

good accuracy
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:57:11 AM

again a shooting problem, not that serious but....
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genoist
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:51:47 AM

Hopefully he has to pay reparations to everyone who was affected.
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gbs1
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:44:08 AM

Why was the pinhead shooting tree limbs ?
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gasmeup52
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:42:11 AM

Never shoot into the air. Lucky he didn't kill anyone.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:41:19 AM

This doesn't really appear to be a fuel related article, but still a good article.
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dockersbin
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:41:15 AM

Sounds like the parents are going to have one hell of a bill for repairs!
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beale055
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:39:18 AM

Why wasnt he in school?
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txequitygas
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:38:41 AM

what happened to the backup electric circuit.. Only one line into all that area?
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:32:46 AM

why did a 12 year old have access to a "high powered rifle"?

He should be plinking with a .22, not a 30-06.

Also in gun safety, he should have learned, ALWAYS know your backdrop. Never shoot in the air. That slug can go over 3 miles. (and still be leathal). Luckily, he hit a powerline, and not a human.
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tarheelcoastie
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:27:21 AM

A very good example of why we need stricter gun laws.

Just like criminals, it seems like only real yahoos are out shooting guns for no good reason and very little common sense!
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:27:08 AM

Nothing to do with the price of gasoline.
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:25:46 AM

Future Congressman
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GingoutMD
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:21:55 AM

Clearly the 12 year old does not understand much about rifles and likely has had no formal training and therefore should not be using one. I say this because a standard hunting round will travel 1-3 miles (depending on caliber and grain load) while some high power rifles have rounds that can travel 6-8 miles. Therefore, shooting at a tree limb is not a very responsible thing to do with any rifle when the possibility of missing and killing someone.

Finally, this article does not belong in this blog.

[Edited by: GingoutMD at 1/4/2013 8:23:46 AM EST]
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zwsn01
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2013 8:12:08 AM

I'm surprised he hit what he was aiming at.
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