About the 'right' to hunt | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, April 4, 2009

About the 'right' to hunt

Posted By on Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 6:40 AM

To borrow his phrase, John Brummett does a Cheney on the thoroughly unnecessary and empty "right to hunt" amendment that will take up some of the limited ballot space for constitutional amendments in 2010. He fills it full of buckshot, in other words.

For one thing, it can be overridden as to specifics by the Game and Fish Commission. So it's meaningless.

Here's another thing: Sen. Steve Faris, who's carrying the NRA suitcases on this symbolic nonsense, cites efforts to restrict dove hunting in the upper Midwest as the clear and present danger that requires action.

But guess what? Should a sufficient number of Arkies get worked up about dove hunting (a far-fetched notion, you have to admit), they can pass an amendment to do so.

Concludes Brum:

All this amounts to is that a bunch of small-time, weak-kneed politicians can please the gun rights nuts who rule rural Arkansas culturally and politically. And it no doubt will feed this irrational fear out there that Barack Obama is coming for the guns.

There will be one “no” vote in November 2010. That’s unless I mismark by ballot.

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