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Unread postAuthor: Dom » Sat Jan 27, 2007 4:20 pm

I'm sorry but it's just purely idiotic. The guy just wants to lose his job. The minute a student will be pist at him or be slightly injured, they will tell their parents :mommy a teacher at school shoots spuds at us... here goes its jobs... but I don't care if he doesn't care ;)
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Unread postAuthor: LGM » Sat Jan 27, 2007 4:30 pm

I'm sure that the kids have been asked to notify their parents and someone like the principal knows what they are doing, and if a kid manages to hurt himself during this I really don't feel sorry for him.
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Unread postAuthor: Dom » Sat Jan 27, 2007 5:21 pm

If a kid manages to hurt himself you don't feel sorry for him? Maybe you'll be sorry for the teacher?

And I highly doubt parents were notified their kids will catch potatoes shot from a potatogun.
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Unread postAuthor: frankrede » Sat Jan 27, 2007 5:28 pm

Dom wrote:
BC Pneumatics wrote:You right, if there is any possibility of injury, kids shouldn't do it. Quick, no more baseball, football, or even speed walking! The fact is that something like this is just as close to a Nerf gun as it is to a respectable firearm in muzzle energy. If kids can play with three molar hydrochloric acid in school, they can catch a f*cking potato.


There is a slight different between a sport and a potato gun. A potato gun is considered as a loaded firearm. One day a kid will be hurt, by a teacher like that, parents will complaint, and spudding will be illegal. Go ahead, give a bad image to our hobby.

Except a potato gun isn't a firearm dumbass. He isn't shooting at people he is shooting it in the air, and it probably loses most of its power as soon as it starts coming down, as soon as it starts to go down its no more different than throwing a potato and catching it.
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Unread postAuthor: SpudBlaster15 » Sat Jan 27, 2007 6:11 pm

What most of you fail to realize is that the students do not have to take part in this activity. It is soley the individual's discretion. If they truley felt that their safety would be compromised, they would simply sit out. A teacher cannot force their students to take part in something they do not want to.

That said, this activity is no more dangerous (probably less) than playing baseball in gym class. Given 10 years of experience with this "lesson", the teacher most likely knows exactly what he is doing, and knows how to keep the activity safe. My metal shop teacher demonstrates the oxidizing power of pure oxygen as part of the oxy/acetylene welding/brazing section of the course, by filling 2 balloons with gas. One with air/acetylene, and the other with oxygen/acetylene. He then tapes each one to the end of a long stick, and holds them over a propane torch. The class stands about 40 feet back and observes the reactions. Nobody has ever been injured, simply because he knows how to safely carry out the experiment.
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Unread postAuthor: Insomniac » Sat Jan 27, 2007 6:30 pm

I agree, shooting them up an catching them is perfectly safe (well no more dangerous then baseball) BUT there is a problem. A kid goes home and sais 'damn, I was hit by a baseball' the parents would think nothing of it. Put the word 'gun' in the sentance and people perceive it a lot differently. ie 'damn, the teacher was shooting a spudgun for us and I got hit'

The problem is that most people automatically react differently if certain words are involved. Words like 'gun, explosion, fire, explosive and firework'
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Unread postAuthor: BC Pneumatics » Sun Jan 28, 2007 11:15 am

Dom wrote:There is a slight different between a sport and a potato gun. A potato gun is considered as a loaded firearm. One day a kid will be hurt, by a teacher like that, parents will complaint, and spudding will be illegal. Go ahead, give a bad image to our hobby.


Yes, there is a difference- potato launcher are safer. A potato gun is only considered a loaded firearm by your ignorant mind. If you really think this is true, then you don't give firearms near the respect they deserve. It is true that there is a potential for being hurt, but saying that this is a foolish or risky practice is the same as saying it would be idiotic for him to throw a baseball as hard as he could for some kids to catch 50 yards down range. this behavior is perfectly acceptable, and is in no way going to lead to a 'bad image' for the hobby. Don't act like a crusader of safety and responsibility- you're not.
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Unread postAuthor: Dom » Sun Jan 28, 2007 11:17 am

I respect your opinion... but I am really disappointed by it.
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Unread postAuthor: BC Pneumatics » Sun Jan 28, 2007 11:20 am

Dom, I have been doing this for longer than you- that is something I can almost guarantee- I would never do or condone anything that had potential for harming the 'image of the hobby' If dropping a couple grams of sodium into watter is an acceptable teaching stunt, then so is this.
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Unread postAuthor: iknowmy3tables » Sun Jan 28, 2007 6:04 pm

for crying out loud the gun is a baby 3 foot long combustion with a large enough barrel to shoot potatoes big enough to catch, the potatoes are loosing a lot of velocity, if he shot straight forward it probably would even reach the kids in midfield, I bet he has to aim the gun up to just to reach the kids, this is probably as safe if not safer than the teacher throwing baseballs
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