2017-10-25 / Front Page

Hunting season

Dear Editor,

Hunting season is almost here and I’m seeing ads for rifles with 30rd magazines and even one for a 10rd semi-auto shotgun. Let the slaughter begin.

In my opinion, there’s no need for anyone to go hunting for food when there’s so much meat available in the stores.

So the question is, why do they do it, and the only reason I can think of is they enjoy killing animals. The evidence of this is the trophies hanging on their walls, their smiling photos in the paper, their websites, social media postings and their TV shows.

Hunters won’t admit they enjoy killing so they use excuses such as “getting back to nature,” culling the herd, feeding the poor and/or their license fees help pay for “conservation,” all of which are bogus.

These people actually think they are “good guys” when they put a gun in the hands of their children and teach them how to kill. It doesn’t take any courage to ambush an unsuspecting animal. I think it’s really sad that we live in a society where killing animals for fun is considered normal, therefore, I’m not surprised when one of these people uses their assault weapons to commit mass murder of people.

Albert Schweitzer (medical missionary, 1875-1965) said, “When will we reach the point that hunting, the pleasure in killing animals for sport, will be regarded as a mental aberration?”

He also said, “The thinking man must oppose all cruel customs, no matter how deeply rooted in tradition or surrounded by a halo.” More people need to become “thinking” men and women and end this senseless slaughter.

Thank you,
Ray Wilson
New Middletown, Ind.

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