Thursday, November 26, 2015

Panicky GOP Hunters want to give kids guns to keep tradition alive....worst reason ever.

So, 40 other states allow kids of any age to carry and fire guns. Well, then, let’s jump off the cliff with them. It doesn’t just seem like a bad idea, it is a bad idea based on the irrational fear we’re losing too many young future hunters to…what, supermarkets.
WPR: Under the measure sponsored by Rep. Joel Kleefisch of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, children under 10 years old would be able to hunt next year … (which he) said studies show lifting the current age requirement for mentored hunting won't lead to more hunting accidents … it's needed to keep the state's hunting tradition alive. The number of new hunters taking up the sport has been declining in recent years.
Opposite day every day in Republican World: Here’s another fine example that “makes sense:”
Kleefisch said it makes sense to remove the age limit to encourage families to get children excited about becoming hunters early in life.
Then there are the adults in the state who I hope someday will in charge again before it's too late, if it isn't already:
The bill faces opposition from some hunting instructors who say the current age restriction is similar to those for voting, driving and drinking and should not be changed … said hunting instructor Paul Piencikowski of Waupaca: 
"Kids are always welcome to go with their parents without hunting. There is an age of passage … whether we attach it to driving, whether we attach it to voting, whether we attach it to drinking. Why would we want to eliminate that from the aspect of hunting that children can actually look forward to?"


Mark Bye said...

An "excited" 9-year-old with a high powered rifle is just what Wisconsin needs to jump start its economy, dontcha think?

Democurmudgeon said...

Funny, you'd think with lower voter turnout they'd lower the voting age or make it easier too?

nonquixote said...

Spreading deer populations affected by CWD, loss of the ability for many workers to have a, "weekend," those who were not already working more than one job, or, simply the fact of disposable income for the time off and travel, food and lodging to go hunt whitetails, and the limited public hunting land availability are all potential reasons for those concerned about a decline in hunters participation. We can however be certain of one fact, the lower IQ of the bill's sponsor which seemingly can't decline much more than it already has.

Democurmudgeon said...

All great points.