By Anne Muller
John Underwood wants to start Internet hunting on his
Texas ranch. Absurd? Hoax? Absurd hoax? The Texas Parks and Wildlife
Department is taking it very seriously. Their concern is that they won’t get
the license fees from out-of-state hunters that they feel they deserve. They
say, “One concern of TPWD staff is that anyone who hunts any animal in
Texas, whether native wildlife or exotic (non-native) species, is required
to have a valid Texas hunting license. If people are hunting at computer
screens in other states or even at remote locations within Texas, the
situation poses a license enforcement problem.” They will be taking
comments, so check their website.
What is really going on in our view is that it will give a
huge boost to the income of the gun manufacturers. This sick venture, while
it’s so repugnant is also a bad business idea. How are these remote hunt
operations going to keep up the populations of animals to accommodate
millions of conscienceless and conscious-free druggies and alkies?
Obviously, they could achieve their goals of increasing firearms use far
more cost effectively if they used paper or synthetic targets. Synthetic
targets would be far less messy, provide much quicker action, and yield far
greater income for them and consequently for the game agencies.
We’ve been saying since the beginning of time (C.A.S.H.
time, that is) that animals are the means to the end of having firearms and
ammunition, and bows and arrows bought and used. The firearm or bow is a
one-time expenditure, but ammunition and arrows have to be bought regularly
if the weapons are USED. It’s like the razor and the blades.
The use of ammunition is as vital to the gun industry as
arrows are to the bow manufacturers. Anything that increases the purchase of
these products brings more money to the coffers of the wildlife managers so
they can continue to manage wildlife into high populations for hunters. With
the legalization of assault rifles, a boon to the gun industry, think of how
much ammunition gets pumped by just pulling the trigger. According to
“Even though the assault weapons being marketed to the public
are semiautomatic, they are still capable of firing up to 6 rounds per
second in ammunition magazines that hold 20, 30 or even 50 rounds of
ammunition.” To get an idea of ammunition costs take a look at:
When language coming from the highest ranks of government
goes something like: “We’ll track ‘em down and kill ‘em,” or “We’ll start at
one end (of Falluja) and work our way to the other, and on our way back, if
there’s anything still moving, we’ll make sure it stops,” it doesn’t set the
best example for our society and youth. But that’s what we have now, folks.
Hunting is being targeted and outlawed in several of its
forms in England, but here it seems to be like Hydra. Maybe we can chalk it
up to American ingenuity, but I think it’s plain vanilla nuts. I’d ask you
to “Do Something” but so far all I can say is that if someone knows the
address of John Underwood in Texas, they should call for a straight jacket.
But do keep an eye on this one. Until this is shown to be an absurd hoax,
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