Gun beat | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Gun beat

Posted By on Sat, Apr 4, 2009 at 6:02 PM

TV news tonight was all guns all the time.

Three policemen dead and two wounded in Pittsburgh by shots from man with an AK 47.

Still searching for answers in the mass killing in Binghamton, N.Y., by a permitted handgun owner.

In Morrilton, KATV reported, a teen is dead from the apparent firing of a handgun that another teen didn't think was loaded. The gun presumably was carried in the youth's pickup for protection

Yes, people pulled the triggers. The guns made the acts more damaging and efficient.

AND, in a somewhat related topic, at least insofar as it's of great interest to the organized gun lobby, I got a letter today about the "right to hunt" amendment. It should provoke some response


A recent blog about the upcoming "right to hunt" amendment that will appear on the ballot in 2010 was absolutely correct in calling the measure "meaningless."  In addition to the reasons given, here are a few more.

Even if the amendment passes, hunting will not be a right.  Hunting will remain a privilege that can be taken away if hunters violate the law.  To exercise your rights you do not need a license; think freedom of speech and freedom to practice the religion of your choice (or none at all).  Hunting is more akin to driving a car since you need to be licensed to do it and your actions will be restricted by state law. 

While this measure is being proposed to prevent sport hunting from going the way of the dinosaurs, it is an effort that will ultimately meet with failure.  In the state where the great majority of the public does not hunt (92%, according to data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Census Bureau), the popularity of sport hunting is rapidly dissolving.  USFWS data shows that between 2001 and 2006, the number of hunters in Arkansas declined by nearly 18% - a rate of attrition that exceeds the national average.  As hunters continue to die or otherwise drop out of the sport faster than new hunters can be lured in, the violence of recreational hunting is on the fast track to extinction.  Even if successful, this "right to hunt" amendment will not affect the dismal future that hunting faces any more than a piece of cardboard can slow a freight train.

While such efforts make the hunting and the gun lobbies feel self important, they do little to stem the tide that is washing sport hunting out into the abyss from where it will not return.  To usher in an age where wildlife is protected and preserved rather than exploited and destroyed, visit

Joe Miele, President
The Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
Box 13815
Las Cruces, NM  88013

From the ArkTimes store


Comments (27)

Showing 1-27 of 27

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-27 of 27

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Judge Griffen: Why black lives matter

    Another few words from Judge Wendell Griffen growing from the controversy over the sale of Black Lives Matter T-shirts at the state black history museum — removed by the administration and restored after protests from Griffen and others stirred by a story in the Arkansas Times:
    • Mar 13, 2016
  • More on how highways were used to wipe out "blight" of non-white neighborhoods

    Vox, a news website that concerns itself with energy and other issues, has a fine piece, including before and after images, on the history of the U.S. interstate system and why roads were built through the middle of cities (unless people of influence stopped them — see Manhattan, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.)
    • Mar 22, 2016
  • LR speakers blast state board for double standard

    A series of speakers, beginning with Sen. Joyce Elliott, denounced what they saw as a hidden agenda favoring charter schools at the state Department of Education and asked the state Board of Education for return of local control.
    • May 12, 2016

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Most Viewed

  • A Highway 10 traffic solution recommendation

    The Arkansas Department of Transportation has announced its preferences for interchange and other improvements along the Highway 10 corridor between Pleasant Valley Drive and Pleasant Ridge Road.

Most Recent Comments



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation