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The Wrong Kind of Press Coverage

By October 1, 2008

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It's always exciting when I find a mainstream news agency covering paintball in a positive way. Not only does such coverage encourage new people to actually try out the sport but the authors usually do enough research to convey accurate information and dispel some myths about the sport. Unfortunately, such paintball-positive coverage is not nearly as common as the negative coverage.

I regularly check Google News for news articles relating to paintball and I'm usually disappointed by what I find. Whether it's shooting waterfowl with paintball guns, shooting at cars or even shooting at a police intern, paintball news coverage usually consists of people misbehaving with paintball equipment which doesn't reflect highly on the sport.

I know that there's not much to do about it, but I wish people just wouldn't shoot what their not supposed to.


October 2, 2008 at 2:50 pm
(1) Joe Dellwo says:

The mainstream paper here in Spokane recently ran a positive paintball story.

The wife of a somewhat prominant paintball promoter sent him email suggesting he did a story on her husband’s paintball field. The reporter mistakenly hit reply to sender instead of forwarding it to his editor with notes disparaging the sport. Thus, with egg all over his face, he was forced to hang his head and come out for a day of paintball.

Low and behold, he actually had a good time and noted the sportsmanship of the game’s players.

So in the end, there was positive press, but it’s a shame it had to come as a result of an embarrasing insult.

And as such, I encourage and challenge everyone who owns a marker to keep it within the law. Don’t give the press any reason whatsoever to make us out to be reckless lawbreakers.

October 3, 2008 at 12:16 pm
(2) gregfromparis says:

we are having the problem over here in europe,
two weeks ago the newspapers all mentionned two fools who shot dozens of people from there appartement during ten days…
they got arrested and it’s a good thing but the negative coverage of paintball is there, it can give ideas to others and where are these people when we organize charities around paintball ???


October 8, 2008 at 1:35 pm
(3) Cody Sullivan says:

I connected with this post because a lot of people think paintball is dangerous or an unsafe hobby. I think that paintball, like most things, is dangerous when it is misused. It is a shame that a few idiots that have no respect for safety or the sport have to give paintball such a bad name. I too wish there was more pro-paintball coverage.

October 9, 2008 at 6:44 pm
(4) Debbie says:

Question: Can you get gun powder residue on your hands from shooting a paintball gun?

October 10, 2008 at 3:31 pm
(5) Anonymous says:

There is no way to get gunpowder residue on your hands from paintball – they are fired with compressed air. There is no gunpowder associated with paintball guns.

October 15, 2008 at 5:15 pm
(6) Mike Litorus says:

But it’s fun!

October 22, 2008 at 1:39 pm
(7) MIM says:

As a manager of a paintball team in Florida, I have found that the younger players look up to the speedball players. All decked out in their matching jerseys, practicing for tournaments, the young players are a little awestruck. And with our team conducting themselves in a positive manner, it makes an impression on the “newbies”. We try to help them out by explaining rules and regulations of tournament play, since they usually are just starting out as rec ball players, and don’t understand the sport. We’ve even held clinics to help them out. We feel like early education of the young guns will curtail the misuse of their equipment. Paintball markers, because they are commonly referred to as “guns” is what is striking terror in the uninformed. If throwing eggs or water balloons were shot from a “gun” they would get alot more attention than paintball misuse. Eggs and balloons are still an act of vandalizm, but then there are a lot of idiots in the world who will take ordinary items, and be obnoxious. Too bad it has to bring down the sport of paintball.

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