Don't Ring in the New Year with Gunfire

The San Francisco division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is asking all you trigger-happy people to please refrain from ringing in 2012 with celebratory gun shots — it's just not safe.

And if you don't believe us, Special Agent Stephen C. Herkins offers this refresher course in physics.

“It's Newton's basic law of gravity, 'what goes up must come down,' and if it is a bullet, it could easily kill an innocent person,” Herkins said.  “Too often we hear about it in the news the next day that someone's child, parent, spouse, or friend was tragically killed by someone who irresponsibly and illegally chose to shoot a gun into the air.”

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