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 Hodgkinâ€™s lymphoma when the Make-A-Wish Foundation denied his request.
Not only was the 19-year-old just over Make-A-Wishâ€™s age limit, but his dream â€” for an Alaskan moosehunt â€” 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 â€” 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.