Re: Firearms, the backcountry and you?

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Posted by Bodie the Dog on March 06, 2003 at 09:57:38:

In Reply to: Re: Firearms, the backcountry and you? posted by Curious on March 05, 2003 at 16:48:57:

I was trying to avoid naming names, because I know some good people live there too. But, watch out around Trinity County, north of Hwy 299 and the Trinity River (the town of Denny, in particular, has a high ratio of banjos to teeth). Apparently the town of Redding has a large number of Aryan survivalist types, and the kooks that can't even fit into that culture live in the surrounding hills. But I haven't spent enough time in the Redding area to know for sure; just what I've heard from residents and read in the paper.

Hupa, also along 299, is not a good place to hangout if you're not Native American (go have a beer at the Hupa Club if you really want to see some old cliches), and Weitchpec, just north of there, is even worse, regardless of your ethnic background.

I had an ethnic studies professor lecture that the reason so many bad people live up there can be traced back to the gold rush. You had to be pretty desperate to drop everything and move across the country to look for gold (went his reasoning). And to look for gold in the northwest, outside of the Motherlode, you had to be even more desperate. Well guess what, the gold ran out, but those people still live up there, interbreeding and getting their genes progressively more screwed up by the mercury they use in mining operations. How's that for a theory?

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