Vote nearer on “training center”

JGFitzgerald -- April 24th, 2009

Opponents of a para-military training center near New Market seem to be making headway in organizing, although the Shenandoah supervisors will have the final word. (Technically, it’s called a “Corporate Training Center.” The “para-military” designation comes from residents’ suspicions about the demolition range.)

5 Responses to “Vote nearer on “training center””

  1. Bill says:

    Kinda sounds like the General Dynamics Electric Gun thing a few years back in northern Rockingham County.

  2. David Miller says:

    I’d like to see the environmental protection requirements for such a site, and cleanup clauses for afterwards

  3. eso says:

    If the ranges were kept toward the center of a property, I wouldn’t be that concerned about the noise from a gun range on that large a tract of land. Outdoor gun ranges require berms which would also trap a good bit of sound. Same with the car track. If I was a neighbor, I would be more concerned about the low flights and what if any limitations they had. “Demolitions” is hard to tell. It could be anything from a small door breaching charge to … who knows what.

    They do make “green” lead free bullets. If that would be consented to that would take care of most of the environmental concerns. It would honestly probably have less of an environmental impact than a farm with soil erosion, herbicide, pesticide, fertilizer, and manure applications.

    The real questions to me are: Who will really own it? Who will they train? Government agencies from DC area or muslims conducting jihad?

    It would be nice if there was a good training agency local that was open to the public. Something like Blackwater, Gunsite, or Phoenix ranch.

  4. David Miller says:

    “or muslims conducting jihad”, plausible right!?!?!

    Let’s be real. It’s more likely that the training will be for domestic militias (mostly caucasin Christians).

  5. eso says:

    “Let’s be real. It’s more likely that the training will be for domestic militias (mostly caucasin Christians)”

    Well, since muslims from Minneapolis have ended up as terrorist in Somali and we have plenty of kurds and iraqis in this area it’s not inconceivable.

    By all means, use your own boogey men. My point is there are plenty of responsible gun training sites in the country. To automatically assume it’s sinister – “paramilitary” – is misleading. Especially given its location ~ 1hr from DC. The important point is what disturbance will be created? Gunshots on a 900+ acrea ranch? Realistically not that significant. Low flying aircraft? Probably a realistic concern. Ecological concerns? Maybe. No, if non-lead bullets are stipulated. I think the local police range is going that way already. Compared to a farm? Probably better.

    The more important point is who is offering it and who will they be training?

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