Ronnie Dodd Lives And Breathes Safety First - And Response (4)

Thursday, December 31, 2009

I am appalled at the persistent false information about Ronnie Dodds shooting range. His training program and conduct on the range is above reproach. Period. In my lifetime I have fired tens of thousands of rounds on dozens of ranges. I have never been to a range with the specific care and preparation for safe shooting that Ronnie Dodd demands from every shooter.

For the uninformed, please understand that this range is in conformance with both federal and state safety guidelines. Ronnie Dodd personally inspects both the weapon and the ammunition to be used on his range to ensure the safety of all.

There are no “cowboys” allowed on this range. As range safety officer, Ronnie Dodd and his staff are constantly at the ready to stop operations at the first hint of a potential error or any unsafe conduct. No one is allowed on his range until they have completed extensive (read hours) safety instruction. Further, most individuals, including myself, appear at this range to obtain or maintain specific licensing or credentialing.

The individual appearing at this range has a grave respect for their responsibility for the safety of every individual within range of their bullets travel. Even an individual who has never before touched a weapon will walk onto this range for the first time having had professional lecture and demonstration of what is required of their every move. Ronnie Dodd’s safety lecture is specifically designed to protect his neighbors and the individuals on that range.

Even the time of day that shooting occurs is set for safety and consideration of individuals working or living near the site.

Please understand that the range in question is cut deep into the side of a ridge. That cut into the ridge extends beyond the shooter on three sides. Still with this in mind, safety dictates that “all manner of firearms” are not allowed on this range. That statement is not factual. One needs only ask Mr. Dodd to know that certain weapons are beyond the scope of "a low-intensity outdoor range" Mr. Dodd has done an excellent job of ensuring the safety of his neighbors. He has been truthful and ethical in presentation of the scope and purpose of this range. Mr. Dodd has exceeded what the law requires and has not deceived or played games in anyway with the permit process.

Let me summarize the safety measures extended to every neighbor and the participants on the range:

1: Compliance with both federal and state safety standards.

2: Detailed safety lecture is repeated before every qualification (even for old salts like me who should (but discover we don't) know it by heart).

3: Range safety officer is alert to moves of each shooter and always at the ready to end shooting before an issue occurs. This individual controls timing of every shot on the range.

4: Deep ridge berm cut extends on three sides of every shooter.

I could go on but one should not need to gild a lily.

It is a pleasure to know Ronnie Dodd. It is a pleasure to work and train with him and his associates. As a retired police chief, Ronnie Dodd has a profound respect for the safety and quality of life of each of his neighbors. There is no question in my mind that Ronnie Dodd will always conduct the professional and deliberative range session that this sport demands.

The state would do well to require a range like Mr. Dodd’s as a minimum. I have seen the aerial layout of this property. The separation and direction of firing into this ridge berm cut afford all his neighbors the consideration and safety they deserve.

It should not matter, but I am a disabled individual. Ronnie Dodd gives me the same respect and consideration that he has worked to provide for his neighbors. It just shows. All one needs to do is spend two hours in his safety lecture and even one hour on his range and you will have a change of heart. The man lives and breathes safety first.

He is thinking of neighbors as well as the shooter seeking certification. There is no compromise with a loaded weapon and Ronnie Dodd is uniquely qualified to drive this point home before a weapon is loaded.

Oh, just in case anyone wants to change their objection or divert attention from the truth; your leaf blowers create more noise (and far more annoying noise) than the muffled shots into a cut out ridgeline. I know; I drove by two weeks ago when a class was going on, just to listen from the street for myself. I’m the man laughing in the blue truck you stared at. How could you hear anything over that blower?

Jim Bowman
Evensville, Tn.

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Mr. Dodd will run a high quality and safe operation. Make no mistake about it, he is a professional and has trained officers for the military.

It appears that NIMBY's are trying to interfere with Mr. Dodd's business that existed at this location prior to those complaining. This is the same nonsense that almost closed the doors of the Montlake range, permanently. Thank goodness, people were willing to challenge and successfully defeated attempts to close this long term business, just because someone built or purchased homes next door.

Mr. Dodd has a right to continue his operation, and hopefully he will prevail over petty aggression by a few individuals attempting to control and change the surrounding land use.

April Eidson

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I live on Sale Creek Mountain. I do not want it here. Move it to your neighborhood. How would you like to live next to it? What is it with people who move to our mountain and dictate to us how to live and the way we do it.... ie, Bowater leases, Treehugger walking trails? Whats next, a nude dancing bar?

The shooting range on Montlake changed the rules that was set years ago, hotter loads more targets and more noise. The people who live next to it for years, and pay taxes are screwed again.

The shooting range on Sale Creek Mountain is very close to the brow of the mountain and some very valuable property, also it is on less than 30 acres. We finally got water up here, lets not screw it up.

This is the second gun shooting center in the Hamilton County region in the past year that neighbors are having a problem with. The first on Montlake Mountain and now on Sale Creek Mountain. The people on Montlake lost big time. Some crooked politician went to the state legislation and got a bogus law passed and through intimidation the people of Montlake pay the price.

If we do not get this stopped now we will never win. Stick to indoor gun ranges were it is protected and controlled the best way it can be. The reason we live up here is no or very little zoning rules, but we have respect for our neighbors and know where to go and how to act.

This mountain is beautiful, so why would someone buy a great piece of property and destroy it?

Move the shooting range to Red Bank in your back yard. See how you would like it.

When you are foreign to a region:
1. Have respect for people and customs.

2. Assimilate into the culture.

3. Do as the Romans do.

Everything on the mountain runs off in Hall Creek Gulf and merges into Rock Creek Gulf and to the valley floor, everything ends up in your backyard and we do raise cattle up here.

Michelle Smith
Sale Creek Mountain

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Dear Mr. Bowman, Ms. Eidson and Ms. Smith,
I enjoyed reading your articles about this situation with Ronnie Dodd's shooting range. I think the world of Ronnie Dodd. And I thank God constantly we have someone of his caliber teaching firearms training in this area.

Ronnie is not some gun nut shooting up the neighborhood. He is a caring professional who has trained thousands of people to defend themselves. Some of those people include women who were the victims of rape. If a little noise is the price we have to pay to make sure these women can defend themselves, I say crank it up.

It is because of Ronnie's range that I had the opportunity to see Sale Creek. It is a beautiful area. You should be proud of it. And you should be proud of Ronnie. A lot of people come to Sale Creek because of him. He is a respectable man who will work with you, if you give him the opportunity.

Charles Bikas

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Mr. Bowman, I hope you got a good laugh. Mr. Dodd really does care about his neighbors' safety - enough to have one of his associated to go over to tell a neighbor to go inside because they are preparing to shoot.

He plans his time around his neighbors because he shoots just about every day and weekend. The only reason he doesn't shoot at night is because he can't.

We can't have family and friends over to enjoy a beautiful day outside because the shooting sends everyone inside. One neighbor had to sell off his herd of cattle because the shooting caused them to stop eating and reproducing. He couldn't afford to keep them. This was his livelihood.

We were here first and now we have to change our lifestyle because of Ronnie Dodd. Get down on your knees and bow down to Ronnie Dodd if you wish. It's enough we have to put up
with him, but we also have to put up with those that come up here and shoot
with no consideration, sympathy or understanding of the neighbors. Or those like you, who think you're bigger, badder and better than everyone and the jerks with the guns that we don't want running around our neighborhood.

Why don't you convince Mr. Dodd to move his shooting range to your neighborhood? Then you can laugh all you want.

Kenneth Boles
Sale Creek


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