The natural law, Gravity is real what goes up, will come down, even satellites that stay up for years, fall.
Fools fire weapons into the air for fun!
Now I said that to bring us down to tonite’s story.
I received the following e-mail from Josh, one of our grandsons:
So I was at a Lutheran church last night in downtown Mt Holly from 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm. As some of my friends and I were standing near my car talking afterwards, I noticed a small dent in the roof over the car that hadn't been there before the meeting (on the driver side, above the backseats).
When I took a closer look, I saw that there was actually a hole in the top of the car! And when I took an even closer look. This is what I saw:
(notice the slug did not have the velocity to penetrate the steel and rolled down to the small gutter)
The prevailing theory is that someone in the area, between 8 and 9:30, fired a gun into the air (I guess some people think that's fun) and the bullet just happened to land on our Ford Focus. Fortunately it didn't land on a person instead haha.
I was telling Dad this story, and he thought you'd find it interesting too!
At this point, I am more amused than anything else - it's a pretty unique experience for me =) I have filed a police report (although I'm sure nothing will come of it), and I've filed a claim with my car insurance. It doesn't go all the way through, but I've got a piece of tape over it now to keep moisture out in case it might damage the interior.
Love you both! I enjoyed the blog on the perspective of things that have come about in your lifetimes (aka being "old"). Really cool stuff!
So I am very thankful Josh is alive and well. He will lose a little money getting the car repaired. The damage will not surpass his deductible methinks.
Do you Remember this Poem?
The Arrow and the Song
I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For, so swiftly it flew, the sight
Could not follow it in its flight.
I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song?
Long, long afterward, in an oak
I found the arrow, still unbroke;
And the song, from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
Life is good.
The 1941 Chevrolet, The first car I ever remember riding in.
Wow, Im glad the bullet didnt hit someone. I didn't know one coming down from the air would do this. Almost looks shot from above.
We see bullet slugs on the ground a lot while walking. Its scary out there.
So thankful your grandson is ok. Yes, what goes up must come down somewhere.
I do remember that poem from school. Glad no one was hurt, but a pain for your grandson to have to deal with the aftermath of getting it fixed!
Glad that is all the damage done. It is hard to believe people are so careless with guns. I don't think they even think about they kill. I can't see that being fun firing in the air. If you want to shoot go to a driving range where you have targets. They say that is fun.
I remember reading once, "I shot an arrow into the air. It fell to earth, I know not where..."
"I know exactly where it fell. It's in my foot and hurts like... everything!"
Someone once shot out our back window with a BB gun. Glad nobody there got hurt including your grandson.
That was rotten luck. What are the chances of that happening? Tell him to wait a few weeks before buying a lottery ticket:)
What a scare! Thank God, Josh and his friends weren't hurt or killed.
I wasn't living here in 1999, but after a real tragedy Phoenix enacted something called "Shannon's Law", making it a felony offense to fire guns into the air. Unfortunately, that used to be a common practice on New Year's Eve.
Here's an excerpt I copied from the family's website: "Shannon’s Law makes it illegal to fire a gun into the air in Arizona’s cities and towns. Get the facts! In June 1999, 14-year-old Shannon Smith was talking on the telephone in the backyard of her central Phoenix home. A bullet that was fired into the air over a mile away struck her in the head, tragically ending her life.
In a grassroots effort, Shannon’s parents united with law enforcement officials, prosecutors, politicians, and citizens worked to make a change."
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