At first blush watching television right now is at best annoying at worst madding, the continual hype concerning the candidates, their beliefs, what they say they'll change, and their clean campaigns. You can't turn on "Sponge Bob" without listening to a candidate bombard you about how things will change if he's elected. One thing that could change affects all hunters.
Peaceful neighborhoods can't seem to escape the campaign either. Why is it that only the older folks have signs sticking out of every corner of their lawns saying? "Vote for Joe Bow, he's the people's candidate or John Doe will keep you safe from the communist threat."
At last glance I thought the communist threat died with the fall of Russia and twentieth century.
For lack of anything better to watch I started to listen to some of these "clean" commercials of the 2012 campaign. After the hype gave me a headache I started to think about the ramifications if one candidate was elected over the other. So I did a little research, the curse of a classical education, on each candidate's view on gun control and hunting. I wasn't overly thrilled with what I found. I'm not going to recommend either one of the presidential candidates but I am going to give you just one or two facts about the campaign.
One candidate doesn't like guns. England and Australia banned firearms a few years ago. England now has a crime rate almost twice as high as ours. At first when Australia banned firearms their crime rate went down a couple of percentage points, then in the past 12 months it sky rocketed to a whopping 44 percent higher than it was.
So, do you want a President that's not a huge fan of you owning guns or one that hunts?
I know what you're going to say. "The President can't take our guns because the Supreme Court ruled that it was our second amendment right to own and bear arms." True, so true however in this Presidential term two, count them two, Supreme Court seats are likely to be filled with the President's recommendations.
Let me put that in perspective, if two members of the Supreme Court retire or die during a President's term in office he can fill the vacancies with any two people he chooses. Then all it takes is a new gun lawsuit to call for a new vote on the second amendment. Do you think if he doesn't like guns he will put people on the court that like guns, I think not. The last vote was 5-4 in favor of the second amendment, with new members it could be 6-3 against the second amendment, don't like those odds do you? I for one will happily give my vote to the candidate that owns guns and hunts.
One last thought I know I know it's about time; saying you're going to vote for a candidate won't as they say cut the mustard.
You need to go to the churches, schools, and all polling places on November 6th and make your "X."
Get the vote out. Just saying.
By: W. S. Allen
Duck Junkies Editor