This probably isn't so common around the world except in America, once New Years day hits, what do I hear. Gun shots, lots of gun shots. It doesn't matter if I am in a middle class urban area, or a upper class suburb. I always hear gunshots. It is nerve racking for 1, guns shouldn't be used to celebrate the new year and all I can think is, what if there is a stray bullet?! Usually people celebrating are also drinking, just seems like an all around bad idea.