How do You Collar a Bullet?

What’s the difference between a dog and a bullet? When the dog strays, somebody might just shoot it. When a bullet strays, no one knows who shot it:

The bullet passed through the home’s outer wall, through the dining room and came to rest in an inner wall, according to Evans.

The homeowner was home at the time, but no one was injured.

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He added that unless someone comes forward, it is unlikely the shooter will be found.

I am reminded of another “stray” bullet from my childhood. This one was apparently from a deer hunter, based on the time of year and the caliber. The bullet entered through the kitchen window, passed through the doorway into the living room and ended up embedded in the wall just over the top of a recliner. We were not home at the time–and quite grateful to have been absent.

Here’s the issue. There really are no such things as stray bullets–though there are definitely such things as sloppy shooters. Bullets, unlike dogs, follow quite simple rules of physics. If you are hunting or shooting, always, always, always know where your bullet will stop and stop yourself from firing it if it will not do so safely.