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Hot seat for Venola.

After running a gun club for 32 years, it was disappointing to read Richard Venola's July "Rounds Downrange" column in which he takes gun clubs to task for having overzealous range officers. Richard doesn't appreciate the awesome responsibility a gun club has in keeping its members and guests safe from the occasional moron who shows up at the range. It would be totally irresponsible to assume that every shooter is well trained and safety conscious. Many are not, and when it comes to basic gun safety, there are those who need to be hit upside the head with a 2x4 to get their attention. Most gun clubs are incorporated and are required to name an officer as agent for service in the event of a lawsuit. Perspectives change dramatically when it's you on the hot seat. Perhaps Richard should become a club officer, offer his name on the clotted line as agent for service and let him discover what it's like to be constantly concerned over what's going on at the range.

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Richard Venola replies: "Your concerns are legitimate, and I share them. As a past president and corresponding secretary of the Crescenta Valley Sportsman's Club and a former member of the board of directors for the Los Angeles Adventurers Club, I'm familiar with the weight of club responsibility. What I have issues with is rudeness. Ritualized safety keeps no one safe and drives people away from the joy of shooting. I look forward to shooting at your club and learning from you about range management."

Ron Brault 29 Palms Pistol and Rifle Club Inc. Twentynine Palms, CA

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Title Annotation:READER BLOWBACK; Richard Venola
Author:Brault, Ron
Publication:Guns & Ammo
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 21, 2011
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