"Stupidity" Virus Running Rampant
from Chuck Muth
October 17, 2001
"The sound of a gun going off to start the races at track meets could be
a sound of the past. Last week, the National Federation High School Track and
Field Rules Committee enforced a bylaw that prohibits officials from using
caliber pistols - commonly known as starter's pistols - to start races. . . . Ed
Thibodeau, rules interpreter for the NHIAA Track and Field Committee...will
recommend that other devices be used to start races. 'We could use whistles, but
I'll suggest that we use a bullhorn,' said Thibodeau.
". . . He said even though the guns don't fire anything, they are still
dangerous. 'Believe it or not, at every meet we run, there is someone who
attends the races for the very first time. It's very frightening for someone to
hear a gun go off when they don't expect one to go off in the first place,' he
said. 'The last thing we want is to have an accident or scare someone,
especially a month after we experienced the bombings. When you think of it, guns
of any kind shouldn't be used at athletic events.'"
- Manchester Union Leader, 10/17/01
Editor's Note: For you Palm Beach Democrats out there, NO BULLETS come out of
starter pistols; only noise.
The NFHS Track and Field Rules Committee in Indianapolis can be reached at
317-972-6900 or email@example.com.
Mr. Thibodeau can be reached at 603-434-7966 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association's (NHIAA) executive
director is James W. Desmarais who can be reached at 603-228-8671 or email@example.com
Not that any of you gun folks would find this absurd or anything and want to
chew someone's "Clymer" over it.
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