Dear Hernando Today Newspaper
On May 28, 2014 you published an essay by Craig Bolton in your Voices Page A4. The essay was very critical of hunters and I believe this was not fair.
Craig Bolton made some comments that give us a good look at the liberal way of thinking. It seems to come from out of nowhere, but if you look at it closely, it starts to look like he only uses one source of information to base his opinions on. Namely, the liberal media.
For example he says:
“All hunters are knuckle-dragging Neanderthal cowards because they shoot animals who can’t shoot back”.
First of all, he insults people he most likely never met or made any effort to understand. This is something most liberals criticize conservatives for. But he goes on to show that he seems to live in a world where all animals are the type you see on Disney movies where all they do is hang out and talk stupid stuff, smell the daisies and never hurt a fly. In the real world animals like wolves, bears, fox, bobcats, lions, coyotes are alive only because they are professional killers. Yes, they kill for a living, it’s natures way. Did you ever hear the story that all creatures in the sea don’t die of old age because they are all food for each other? This is how nature keeps itself in balance. If not for the predator, the prey would overpopulate the world and eat up the whole food supply, then they would all starve to death.
Somehow Mr. Bolton seems to think hunters are cowards if they follow natures way.
He looks at all hunters in a stereotype way, to him they are all 300 pound bearded bruits who stalk the woods with full auto cannons and grenades to track down and murder Rockey the Flying Squirrel. And if Rockey should pull out a full power sling shot and fire an acorn back at that hunter, the hunter would scream and run home to mommy to kiss the boo-boo.
A more realistic view of hunters may sound something like this:
Back in the day when America had families instead of welfare recipients, many fathers would give their sons a 22 cal rifle before they even had any facial hair; I mean not even peach fuzz. A year later that kid would pop Rockey the Flying Squirrel in the head at 100 yards. Not that he hated squirrels, he in fact loves squirrels right next to his mashed potatoes and string beans with lots of gravy. You see, squirrels are delicious because they eat mostly nuts that give them a delicious nutty flavor. I mean, really good eating.
But the thing that Craig says that I find most objectionable is when he says that hunters are not willing to hunt if the prey would shoot back. Consider that later in life when most kids that learn how to hunt when they are young, often hear the call of their country due to some emergency, like terrorist attacks that killed many Americans or Pearl Harbor. These kids would then join the Army and leave that squirrel gun home and pick up an Army issued rifle, it would be a natural transition from squirrel gun to Army rifle since they already know the basics of shooting. Then off they go to the war zone; currently, that’s Iraq and Afghanistan. When they get there, they do not find Rockey the Flying Squirrel armed with a full auto sling shot loaded with 30 acorn mags, instead they find Al-Qaeda and the Taliban; tough professional killers armed with AK-47 assault rifles, rocket propelled grandees, 50 Caliber machine guns and they are masters at planting booby-traps with hi-explosives. And YES, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban do shoot at those American kids who grew up hunting. And YES those American kids do return fire. Often, those American kids would get shot themselves, but they still shoot back, if they lost an arm or a leg, they would still shoot back. If they run out of ammo, they would use a bayonet, a rifle butt or theirs fists.
So, yes Mr. Bolton, hunters will still hunt if the prey shoots back, if you doubt this, just ask the Taliban or Al-Qaeda.
Why do so many American kids fight like they do, it’s to protect the freedoms and liberty that their fathers gave them when they give their sons those little 22 cal squirrel guns. And, believe it or not, it’s also to protect the freedom of speech guaranteed in the Constitution of the United States. Even for people like Craig Bolton no matter what kind of stupid stuff they say.
It’s clear that liberals want to disarm America, but they just do not realize that by doing this they will not make us any safer. Look at it this way. On average, 8,500 people are killed with guns every year, but from one million to over two million criminal acts are stopped by guns every year. Clearly this means that if guns are removed from America, the murder rate can easily go up to over two million. So, the solution to the murder problem is to get guns away from people with a mental illness, and to keep law abiding citizens fully armed.
Since I listen to Left Wing and Right Wing news sources, I have become convinced that the liberal media wants to disarm America using lies and distorting facts, because it’s the only way to impose socialism on America. It has to be realized that socialists taking over a country is not new, it happens all the time, but it can not be done with armed citizens.
Graig you have to open your mind.
Jose Lugo, founder DDTV.ORG