Oh for Chrissake, read what I wrote. Reading comprehension goes a long way.
Again, reading comprehension isn't exactly your forte, is it?
let's look at the lead-in and outs of your story..
people shooting along the shoulders of busy roads.......but hey, this was the US....... suck it up, Canadian princess.
What completely threw me, though, was watching 3 guys completely decked out in camouflage gear, military style boots and camo-painted faces) strolling down the middle of the road with fully automatic firearms in shooting position, fingers on triggers. scanning back and forth across the road with said firearms. This was not a road 5, 10, 15+ miles out in the boonies........this was within a 5 minute walk of downtown Ithaca. Needless to say, that was the end of my walks down lovely leaf decorated roads in Ithaca in November.
The approach to firearms in the US scares the hell out of me........it's casual......in a lot of cases, irresponsible,,,,,with a lack of respect for the damage these firearms can do........and the mindset of some is downright terrifying. Hell, driving down the driveway of where I was staying was interesting in that hunters out on the road liked to wave hello with said firearms in hand........
hmmm... seems to me you are painting a specific picture here about how bad americans are and how violent we are with guns. Otherwise, why would you say; "this is the US..."? Not to mention the detail you go into describing the hunters and how scary they looked with their fingers on triggers as they scanned both sides of the road going back and forth. Do you see what I am getting at here?
but you didn't answer the question about why you didn't call the local police.
oh wait... it's because you were staying outside city limits. Now I see what you wanted me to notice. I'm sorry, I must have missed that... wait... actually I didn't miss that part... I just wanted to see how positive you were about the events while ignoring the math behind a "5 minute walk from downtown." I'm going to assume you weren't talking about the speed of a race-walker, but a normal type of walking pace. It is impossible to be 5 minutes from downtown walking distance and be outside of "city limits." Figure this, if takes the average person about 15 minutes to walk a mile at a fast pace... that means they'd be 1/3 of a mile in 5 minutes (again this is at a fast pace.) At a more normal pace, you're looking at about 1/4 of a mile in 5 minutes.
So let's sum up... you were staying outside city limits, heard rifle shots bounce off the windows (and you've already stressed how well you know your guns,) saw with great detail 3 hunters with fully automatic weapons, camo, military boots, holding the guns in the shooting position with fingers on the triggers scanning across the road on both sides... yet can't guess with ANY kind of accuracy how far away you were from downtown. In fact you stress how close you were to downtown...
This was not a road 5, 10, 15+ miles out in the boonies........this was within a 5 minute walk of downtown Ithaca.
So you are saying that downtown Ithaca was a mere 1,320 feet away... or 4 football fields (and 40 yards) away. Better yet, I drew out how far you could go (sorry it's actually showing 1/3 a mile...)http://maps.google.c...&sz=16&t=m&z=16
THAT is why this story sounds fishy.