I was approached by the German School in gardens or at least one of the organisers of their end of year feit and I was asked to set up and run an airrifle stand of sorts so that anyone young and old can come and try their hand at marksmanship.
Now this does not sound like a subject that needs input but I have decided to turn them down unless one of you has a brilliant solution to a problem that has cropped up.
I offered to go and see the organisers which I did and right away the alarm bells rang. After getting to the proposed site which I might add was in the school parking lot I noticed that it was facing a public road which was only about 30 metres away, one would think that things like this would be obvious but I gave them the benefit of the doubt given that they have no experience with this sort of thing and oversight can and will occur.
Anyway, I managed to steer them through oversight after oversight with immense patience and they were very accommodating and then a crossroads was reached and this is where I drew the line. Basicly one of the organisers jokingly ( or so I thought ) said to me that the beer tent would be right by the range should I start getting thirsty. I could immediately see where this was going so I said straight away that booze and guns of any discription do NOT mix and that I would be drinking cooldrink only.
Well, this german chap looked at me as though I was nuts. I explained that although I was not going to shoot myself, I was inadvertedly responsible for the safety of everyone within range of getting hurt or worse. He then made it very clear that the fathers of the kids would be drinking, himself included and that they would shoot if they so choose regardless of how many beers they had consumed as long as they were not obviously pissed!
I then declared that no matter how well a man holds his drink, safety would be compromised and that I wasn,t happy. He then took a firmer tone with me saying that everything would be fine. I then asked him how it would be possible for me to ascertain whether a man was too drunk to shoot or not and what would happen if I turned people away. They would obviously be deeply offended after being accused of being drunk and some at least would definately get out of hand given their impaired reasoning and then what?
He listened to all of my concerns and replied by saying that only the people that were visibly wobbly would be turned away. I realised that an argument was brewing so I left it at that but I must say that I am utterly amazed that anyone could entertain the possibility of pissed people shooting in a school environment especially on a day when many families will be present and would have assumed that safety is taken care of by the responsible parent body and organisers.
I can just see a whole bunch of headaches coming my way and I feel that I should retract my offer sighting the boose as the reason. Unfortunately the youngsters will miss out because some of their fathers will want to get hammered and in so doing, put me in a predicament. I'm doing them a favour and they are making me feel like a real wet blanket but I refuse to allow pissed people to shoot.
Have any of you guy,s experienced this problem before and how if at all did you manage to handle it ammicably? Please chuck some idea's my way.