“Firearms received blame for blazes in area of West” (Associated Press, July 4) would have readers believe that target shooting is responsible for dozens of fires throughout the West this year. The story says local officials believe the use of steel-jacketed bullets is the most likely culprit. The fact that there's little or no evidence for these assertions doesn't appear to thwart the AP from repeating the allegations.
Here's a news flash for the AP: Steel-jacketed bullets aren't the norm for any shooter. As a matter of fact they're quite rare, especially for target shooters. The overwhelming majority use either pure lead or brass-jacketed bullets. Consequently, it seems unlikely that steel-jacketed bullets could be the culprit for any wildfire, let alone dozens. The AP's article displays either an amazing amount of ignorance or it's another meritless effort to discredit gun ownership. I think it's a little of both.
Hank Duncan, Yukon