I was concerned with a few points made by the government representative in his forest fire talk at the last Tillamook forest cleanup. (April 2nd 2016) (A grand event) I separated this from the original thread so as to not detract from the otherwise job well done by all including the object of my discontent. If indeed genuine, I appreciate his desire to advocate for, and cooperate with, the shooting public. I want to believe this man to be earnest in his endeavor to assist both the shooters and the forest. Let me be clear, for now, in no way am I criticizing the man, only the semantics of his content. Nonetheless, not only was I unimpressed, but left wanting, by his apparent lack of knowledge and seeming willingness to promote stereotypes, myths and falsehoods. Specifically; (for those not present) the terms he espoused out of context were “exploding targets” “spark”,” Tracer Bullets” In his endeavor to relate the seriousness of many fires last summer, along with his admirable concern and struggling effort to apply reasoning as to how to prevent future forest fires, he bantered about multiple times, each of these terms, covertly eluding to their complicity towards several of the fires he had related to us. None of them actually caused any of the fires. Why my beef you say? Caviler use of the wrong terms is what motivated me to step up on the soap box. Taken out of context whether through innocent ignorance or malice aforethought, these vernaculars; (including, not limited to) exploding targets, spark, tracers, (in my opine) can, and eventually will, cause untold impingement to our sporting freedoms related to firearms. May I point out the noise suppressor, AKA silencer if you please, and the inordinate amount of unreasonable regulation and taxes applied to such a simple and helpful devise. While not totally due to misuse of the vernacular, it did play an integral part, then, continuously overdramatized by various medias. Automatic, AKA machine gun: Heavily regulated, and taxed. Unfortunate regulation is self explanatory mechanically, But, because of the root word has been erroneously connected to auto loading or self loading firearms AKA semiautomatic, it is now stuck in people’s heads they are some form of machine gun and are ripe for being regulated and are heavily scrutinized in many places as the # 1 bad thing Du Jour. Starting with the magazine volume. Exploding targets: Tannerite brand does not start fires ( I am told and have read) but are not allowed many places because of association with other forms along with repeated suggestion and or implication by media including this government representative that they cause fires. Sparks: our citizens already are starting to show willingness to believe all ammo will spark including lead, and copper. Seeds have been planted. Again, the government representative not only eluded to but used the word “Spark” interchangeably with superheated fragments which were (in all likelihood) the third leg of the fire triangle that caused some (if not all) of the fires he related to. Tracers: New products do not rely on pyrotechnics to emulate old world tracers but may eventually be included and ultimately banned along with their flammable cousins. My point is espousing incorrect information especially from a platform of authority may cause irreparable damage in all sorts of insidious ways to many demographics. It behooves us to draw upon our intestinal fortitude to, at the moment, enlighten public speakers and their audience that which we know to be false (diplomatically as possible) should you believe as I did, the information may ultimately cause harm. It was at that moment, as I was engulfed in the incorrectness of his statements, no longer listening to his ramblings, I pondered extending his orations, likely much to the chagrin of those wanting to get on with the door prize drawing, when a young man spoke up and attempted to defend the wrongly accused projectiles and offered up not only clarity on fragmentation but insight of steel core villains along and then, as if icing on the cake, expressed willingness to provide hands on experience and further education to the government representative. I did not get this fine person’s name but I was proud to see the younger generation standing up for their rights and not yielding to the overwhelming mountain of misinformation. I hope this person is not an anomaly and accepted and emulated by his peers as my worries for our future would then be lessened. Thank you kindly for enduring the long wind.