I’ve offered commentary here before about the heritage of hunting and the need for its preservation, but those who value this practice should understand the full scope of this task at hand.
For most considerations toward historical preservation, it’s only necessary to build public awareness of such a need and to secure plans for restoration.
In the case of hunting preservation, these things are needed, but beyond that, a war of ideas and influence is being waged between preservation and oblivion.
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was clearly intended to preserve Americans’ “right to keep and bear arms.” The amendment stated that this right “shall not be infringed.”
Armed with a basic understanding of history, it should be obvious that the men who penned this founding document understood that the foremost need for this right was for the preservation of human lives and property.
Hunting was then still a way of life for the majority of citizens in our country, and it was surely at least second in the minds of our founders when they established this principle.
Historically, though, when a government disarms its people, the previously armed are labeled as dissidents, and their doomed fate is soon at hand.
In case there is any additional need for concern, without the ownership of weapons, hunting is rendered practically impossible.
That’s why hunters should especially be concerned.
There is a now a growing movement in the U.S. that believes that certain firearms are just not “needed” by average, law-abiding American citizens.
They argue that hunting is the only need for citizens to own firearms, and that many of these firearms are just not suitable for this purpose.
The firearms in question are often nothing more than alternatively-dressed semi-automatic rifles no different from other comparable rifles of the same caliber in any other way than their appearance.
The argument against this movement, if not already established, is that the founders did not establish the Bill of “needs,” but they did establish the Bill of Rights.
This document more specifically defines the rights of Americans when it comes to the ownership and usage of firearms.
If you’re a hunter who aspires to one day introduce your growing children to firearms and hunting, it would be advisable for you to support one or more of the many organizations who stand to preserve your right to do so. It is also advisable that you support those for public office who likewise support this right.
Otherwise, not only may you soon lose the legal right to take your child hunting, but under certain unforeseen circumstances, you may even lose that child or another family member altogether.