Hunters and Environmentalist - A Shared Interest?
One of the things I will be loosening here on the new Green Wizard site will be the discussion of guns, gun ownership and personal defense.
And NO we aren't going to go all "Rambo" on the Internet, but guns have their place in a Collapsing World.
And a "World Made Harsh" may require you to defend yourself and we would be remiss if we allowed Future Green Wizards to walk such a harsh world unarmed.
I will moderate said discussion very firmly and you may be called on any unpleasantness or rude comments. Remember, civility and the willingness to accept that you disagree with another person on an issue, and yet agree on many other issues is the "Golden Rule". One disagreement does not sever a relationship. The exact opposite, disagreements strengthen relationships. Being willing to argue a topic you feel passionately about, and being forced to defend your point of view, to people who passionately believe the exact opposite can sharpen you views about why you feel you are right or it can enlighten you to where you were wrong.
To the topic of discussion:
I ran across this article on the National Review:
"If American environmental groups want to reduce pollution, stave off the worst impacts of climate change, and preserve wild lands, they ought to do something that many of their staffers and major supporters will find hard at a time when groups like the NRA are under attack: embrace gun culture. The environmental movement had its greatest successes and enjoyed the most public esteem when it was, in large part, a hunters’ movement. Returning to those roots would broaden the appeal of conservation and advance the cause of environmental protection."
Now I will state up front: I AM A GUN OWNER.
I grew up around guns and hunting. I spent my Summers in small town Oklahoma at my grand parents, and uncle's homes and learn very early a respect for firearms and a health understanding of how dangerous they can be if misused. But guns and rifles were never treated with fear. I can remember my uncle's bedroom, with dozens of handguns and rifles just sitting out. Ammo withing easy reach. And yet I never shot anyone.
As the article points out, American hunters have in the past be at the fore front of the conservation movement in their States, and are often quite willing to put up with fees, taxes and restrictions that they view helps manage wildlife and game, in a responsible manner WHILE recognizing their right to be hunters and fishermen. Too often lately, it seems that many on the Fringe Left of environmentalism and sustainability display a almost "religious" view that equates gun ownership with "Pillager of the World!!!"
Religion has some fine points but it can often be pig headed, judgmental and narrow minded.
If you can accept that when you raise chickens, that some times, that favored hen is going to be dinner, then you have to also accept that sometimes "Bambi" is going to be deer steaks and sausages.
I can not speak for the whole of the Green Wizard community BUT I see no disconnect between a Love of Our Earth, a understanding that our Civilization is headed for a Harsh Collapse, and responsible advocacy of the right to own a gun.
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