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The sound of gunfire pierces the morning stillness. The blasts reverberate through the homes of nearby families with sleeping children. Fallujah? No. It’s my neighborhood in Groton. My home.

The use of the police shooting range, located on town property next to the DPW on Cow Pond Brook Road has escalated to a point when it is no longer a tenable situation for the residents of this community.

Why is it that we, taxpayers in this pastoral town, must host a SWAT team from crime-ridden Lowell? Where’s the balance in that? In addition, other police departments use this range in some kind of “swap” that the benefits the police department but not the locals who must listen to this incessant blasting.

Chief Palma promises on the GPD website that public safety information will be “readily available” and yet my request for a schedule of activity at the gun range has gone unanswered for three weeks even though town manager Mark Haddad has approved release of this schedule. Are we not allowed to monitor the activity on public land? This is not indicative of a “focus on interacting with the community” as promised on the GPD website.

Lowell, Westford, Ayer, etc. have gun clubs in their own towns. Perhaps it’s time for them to make arrangements to stay at home.

Bullets travel, no matter how well bunkered the site or proficient the shooters. There are hiking trails nearby and a sand pit used by young people on dirt bikes and ATVs. Do you want your children hiking or playing nearby? I don’t. Will it take a tragedy to finally close this public nuisance once and for all?

ANDREA MURDOCK

Groton