This year has brought the added worry of two new neighbors with an excessive fondness for firearms and large parties combined with a deficient sense of judgement.
I feel rather strongly that people who shoot at empty cardboard boxes, thinking they will adequately stop a high power rifle slug, should not be allowed to have guns. This isn't a political statement or anything to do with the 2nd amendment or any of that blah, blah, blah. It just seems like a really basic, easy place to start the talk about gun control:
- Thou shall not shoot at thy neighbor's property
- Thou shall not use cardboard boxes as bullet-stops, ESPECIALLY when shooting at thy neighbor's property
- Thou shall not shoot randomly at the woods (where one's neighbor hikes!)
- Thou shall not own a gun if these concepts are too difficult
Aside from my dislike of feeling like a target, I am not fundamentally opposed to deer hunting. The deer are terribly overpopulated and they (as well as the environment) suffer greatly because of it. The way we go about it though, just seems so wrong to me. All these guys wait all year, getting themselves wound up for the thrill of the chase. Then, on opening day, the normally quiet woods are suddenly teeming with armed men, most of whom don't know the area, many have been drinking and all of them are out to get the best deer. None of them are out there trying to cull out the sick, weak deer who won't make it through a hard winter. Instead, every one of them is looking for the biggest, healthiest, best deer they can find.
There has got to be a better way to do this.
Anyway, I guess that is it for what is becoming my annual hunting season rant. We are all staying close to home and keeping our heads down.