A new term for a long and storied tradition of eating roadkill. Personally, I prefer my meat unseasoned by vulcanized rubber or fiberglass, and un-marinated by radiator fluid, but whatever floats your boat. Waste not, want not.
Today is the day for the vote in the Senate for the Sportsmen’s Act, a bill that pulls together many issues that NSSF and NRA have been pushing lately. According what I saw on C-SPAN earlier, it looks like the vote will come around 5:30pm. However, there’s already been a vote on cloture.
Assuming the vote follows the same lines, it should pass pretty handily. The cloture vote was 84 yeas, 12 nays, and 4 no votes.
Paul Ryan took a little time out of campaigning in Ohio to pick up some hunting gear for his daughter who wants to get out to the field with him this fall, apparently. She already has her own rifle, so he has truly walked the walk when it comes to passing his shooting sports traditions. And, of course, when it came out that he was buying camo gear for his daughter, some came out screaming child abuse.
I appreciate that they highlighted there was no such “concern” from the these same folks when Obama announced that he was comforted by the fact that his daughters are protected by guns. Yet, apparently, teaching a girl to safely use one of her own is just horrible. Sexism much?
Ilya Somin notes that Bond v. United States could possibly be going back to the Supreme Court, with a question that raises the Treaty Power of the United States. The treaty power is currently interpreted by the Courts to be an independent power that can be separately exercised from Congresses other enumerated powers, so the normal federalism limits don’t apply when it comes to a treaty. No treaty can stomp on the Bill of Rights, but beyond that the treaty power is fairly unlimited. I agree with Prof. Somin that this presents a problem:
I think the power to make treaties is best understood as a power allowing the federal government to make commitments regarding the use of its other enumerated powers, not a power that allows the federal government to legislate on whatever subjects it wants, so long as the issue is covered by a treaty. Among other things, the latter would enable the federal government to circumvent limits on the scope of its power by paying off a foreign power (e.g. – a weak client state dependent on US aid) to sign a treaty covering the subject.
I’d love to see the Supreme Court revisit this topic, and hold the treaty power can only be exercised within the scope of Congress’ other enumerated powers, but this would call a number of treaties into question, including those that affect hunting. I tend to think the Court will be cautious about a ruling that would affect current treaties.
The landmark ruling that lead to Congress’ treaty power being interpreted this way was Missouri v. Holland, which upheld the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Since then the Courts have tended to limit this power. Of course, Missouri v. Holland was decided in 1920, when the scope of the federal governments enumerated powers were considerably more constricted, so today it would probably be possible to argue that the 1918 treaty is a legitimate exercise of Congress’ enumerated powers, and is therefore still constitutional, even if the Court decides to further limit the treaty power.
I realize that this stuff gets a little old, but I’m always amazed at the creativity that anti-gun folks bring to the table when it comes to silencing their political opponents. For example, one woman wants to transition from a volunteer military to one that institutes a draft based on political views:
Why don’t we send
#NRA to war zones, and bring some war-weary soldiers home?
— Laura Goodwin (@ToolPackinMama) July 31, 2012
This person wants everyone to know that those citizens who have a different interpretation of the Second Amendment clearly should be forced to pay for other people’s medical expenses, regardless of the fact that they have nothing to do with that person or the circumstances that caused medical care. Since I assume one would need to tax NRA members at or near 100% in order pay the entire healthcare needs of the rest of the country, I guess this person is advocating for government-mandated bankruptcy for all of those who disagree with his views:
— LOrion (@LOrion) July 31, 2012
This person believes that all NRA members are male. Of course, this comes with the always popular small manhood joke.
Bet not a lot of
#NRA members are nudists!Cause there’s nowhere to place a counseled weapon and they’ve got tinny peckers!
— AnonMike (@ZedRebel) July 31, 2012
And for the groups that like to say they aren’t really trying to confiscate guns, well, maybe a little education is in order for their supporters:
Getting calls from the
#NRA <<<. Yes, I do support the UN being on American soil and trying to take away our gun rights, guns are not good.
— Alex Gray (@afgray95) August 1, 2012
Of course, maybe giving them that advice is a bad idea. If their followers were educated on the reality of politics and law, they might actually figure out how to win a few battles on the political front. Oh, wait, that requires support from people who actually turn up to vote on the issue, so scratch that.
And, finally, we have a few more tweets about Olympian Corey Cogdell who has been witness to the love and understanding that animal rights activists show for all of God’s creatures on this earth:
@coreycogdell I hope that someone someday shoot your whole familly just practicing.
— Pablo Honney (@pablito_honas) August 2, 2012
@coreycogdell SHOOT YOUR ASS!
— rm (@fingerwom) August 3, 2012
@coreycogdell please go shoot yourself in the knees. YOU ANIMAL MURDERER!! you’re a disgusting human being.
— Konejira (@Konejira) August 3, 2012
I already highlighted the Twitter and blog attacks on U.S. Olympic shooter Corey Cogdell last night, but reader TS pointed out one of the Facebook groups organizing the attacks. Here’s just a sampling of comments I caught with screenshots this morning before we lost power.
I know that Shootin’ Buddy was noting that many of the threatening comments on Twitter were coming from people in other countries, but several of these folks are Americans.
I also thought it was worth highlighting because one of the comments relates to something I posted about recently – when someone who disagrees with gun owners or hunters on a matter of public policy, they try to define said disagreement of sign of a mental illness.
With the various Olympic records being shattered by American shooters in London, there’s an increased interest in the human interest stories behind Team USA. Unfortunately, that increased coverage has resulted in animal rights groups learning that many of our Olympic shooters – gasp – hunt! Here’s one report about the biggest attacks on Corey Cogdell:
She grew up in Alaska where wild game was what’s for dinner, hunting and fishing with her father and her sister. It was hunting that lead her to competitive shooting, which lead her to the bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. But, the rabid animal rights groups…started berating Cogdell with nasty comments and death threats. …
Cogdell gave a great statement on her Facebook page defending her hunting. Unfortunately, the comments have become so terrible that she decided to take down her fan page.
By the time I heard about what was happening, the page was removed. However, that hasn’t stopped animal rights activists from attacking her on blogs, Twitter, and other social networks. Here’s one woman who tries to claim that Cogdell conducts her Olympic practice on animals. You can find a Tumblr user who not only spreads the same lie about using animals for target practice, but goes on to say this about our Team USA Olympian:
Corey demonstrates true pyschopathic behaviour in this photograph by her lack of remorse.
Activists have started a petition out to convince the US Olympic Committee to kick hunters (and all of those who defend lawful hunting) off the team. Another animal rights blogger rants about how an athlete who hunts should be considered as engaging in misconduct:
Misconduct is a very mild word when used in reference to Olympic medalist, Corey Cogdell.
But I think Twitter is where some of the worst things have been posted to Cogdell’s account. There are the threats & wishes for bodily harm:
@coreycogdellYou are a DISGRACE to AMERICA..Killing Innocent Animals for Fun..I Hope someone HURTS You Badly over There!!!U R A POS!!!
— Y does that Matter (@GAC_BONESaddict) July 28, 2012
@coreycogdell U disgust me n clearly many people U sry excuse 4 a human being dont let a bullet hit u in the ass on the way out when u LOSE!
— amber (@AnimalLovrAmber) July 28, 2012
— Mob Ruldoon (@mobruldoon) July 30, 2012
@coreycogdell i hope your rifle backfires on you,,animal killer!!!
— desmond van staden (@desmondino) July 28, 2012
@coreycogdell So, do you like to kill animals, right? Go fuck yourself nasty whore! You must dead.
— Alva Rojas (@rojas_alva) July 30, 2012
— Lennox Law (@lennox_law) July 31, 2012
@coreycogdell Youre not remotely welcome here! Youre pointing that gun in completely the wrong direction you moo-cow.
— Jade Fluffy Lay (@Fluffy_4eva) July 31, 2012
There are the wishes for her to fail:
— Teresa T (@riverdancefan) July 29, 2012
@coreycogdell I hope you fail miserably.You are disgusting.
— Nicholas (@NicholastheWise) July 29, 2012
@coreycogdell What You have done to all these Animals,seen on your Fb Account already sent to the IOC to get a Killer like U OFF the Games!
— sik ion (@sixyl) July 29, 2012
@coreycogdellShoot targets, not unarmed defenceless animals,I hope your olympic dreams wind up as dead as that zebra!
— Marilyn Legge (@ScantiLee) July 28, 2012
Yes, this is the kind of support that our Olympic athletes are getting right now as they prepare for their competitions. So, if you’d like to lend a little support to Team USA, you can find the list of all of the shooters on Twitter here. I’m sure they could use a bit more positive support after seeing what Corey has had to deal with.
UPDATE: Here’s even more threats against Corey from other networks. More Americans are involved than on the Twitter accounts, including a Minnesota man who says he wants to physically assault her.
Below the jump, there’s more of a taste of how these animal rights folks view hunters just because they don’t agree with the pastime. I suppose it’s a great representation of the new civility. (more…)
It’s long been known in the shooting and hunting communities that if a teen with a life-threatening medical condition has a desire to go hunting, Make-a-Wish will turn them down. Their wishes aren’t politically correct enough for the organization. This week, an Oregon outlet is covering a local Hunt of a Lifetime chapter and makes sure their readers know why Make-a-Wish decided to bar kids from hunting:
In 1998, Matt Pattison of Eerie, Penn., was losing his battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma when the Make-A-Wish Foundation denied his request.
Not only was the 19-year-old just over Make-A-Wish’s age limit, but his dream — for an Alaskan moosehunt — put the international nonprofit in a tough spot with certain donors, among them animal rights and gun control activists.
A year later, while Tina Pattison mourned her son, Make-A-Wish made its stance official — no hunting-related wishes.
Yup, gun control activists helped create the policy that it’s better to keep a dying teen out of their program instead of granting a wish that involves firearms or bows. How very reasonable of them. It’s just common sense, after all, to not even allow a 17-year-old who probably won’t see his/her 18th or 19th birthday to be considered for a hunting wish.
Via Uncle, we learn that NYC hipsters decided to make a movie about surviving off the grid. To do so, they decided that it would be a brilliant idea to illegally kill two deer outside of deer season and without a license. Their defense is that they didn’t even know there were hunting regulations.
The crew was practicing yoga inside the farm’s main house one day when someone spotted a herd of deer in the neighboring field. They grabbed a rifle and camera and ran outside, Dickinson said.
Actor Paul Manza, a 34-year-old Brooklyn yoga instructor who plays “Paul” the yoga instructor in the film and had no prior acting or hunting experience, pulled the trigger. It was unclear who owned the rifle or whether it was registered.
The bullet pierced one deer and passed into a second one behind it, killing the first deer and wounding the second one, Manza and Dickinson said. The crew chased the second deer into the woods and shot it again to put it out of its suffering, Manza said. …
Dickinson said he didn’t think about the legality of hunting and the crew did not secure a permit for the deer hunt — but he added that the film’s publicist, Jenny Lawhorn, is currently in discussions with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
Only a jackass from New York City would send a publicist to negotiate something that, according to the article, starts with a $2,000 fine and can potentially include jail time.