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(Talking Points Memo)   Idaho GOP decides to get a piece of the news cycle from Missouri, approves a measure lowering the big-game hunting age in the state to 10   ( divider line
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2014-02-14 02:20:55 PM  
3 votes:
I think it's more about the opportunity to win those precious permits for big game. I was hunting deer and elk at age 13 in Arizona. Once my sister and I turned 13, we tripled our family's chances for being drawn for deer and elk permits. I bagged both of them my first year and we filled the freezer, the deep freeze, and ended up giving a lot of meat away. That was a long time ago. I think the legal age in Arizona now is also 10.
2014-02-16 12:18:31 AM  
1 vote:

RockofAges: Children at the age of 10 literally piledrive each other because "they saw it on wrestling". I should know, because I was one of those kids.

And if Mom&Dad have been teaching him responsible firearm handling since the age of 6?  You have to remember that it was only a few generations ago that a 10 year old had a good chance of being handed a .22 and told to got get some squirrels/rabbits for dinner.  Today's kids are, in many aspects, retarded responsibility wise because they're raised by the TV, not adults.

HeadLever: I think that his overall point being that many folks have lost the perspective of what it takes to feed this country and the world.

Remember the article about the woman who was traumatized by finding a chicken head in her package of 'whole chicken'?

RockofAges: That's nice, but if you're suggesting that an 8 year old should be allowed to handle a firearm, I honestly just straight disagree with you. Five year olds are just learning to read, eight year olds struggle with chapter books. Now you're going to give them a lethal weapon, history's greatest equalizer?

At 8 they're probably getting, at most, a single shot .22 under intense adult supervision.  What do I mean by intense?  The adult provides them each round by hand for every shot, and probably has one hand on the rifle, which is on a bench rest pointed down range.
2014-02-15 10:02:50 AM  
1 vote:

clambam: I have no problem with this. A certain, small percentage of the children of people who should not have been allowed to breed will die unnecessarily, but ultimately, that redounds to the public good. Loosening restrictions on gun ownership just means more dead morons. Of course, it means more dead innocent people but the population is too high anyway and statistically the self-culling by people stupid enough to let children handle guns will outrun the effects of the occasional school massacre.

"How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Gun."

Swap 'drugs' for 'guns' in that statement and you pretty much have a case for legalization.  Still, people prefer shooting things to feeling good, so shotguns outvote cannabis every time.
2014-02-15 09:54:56 AM  
1 vote:

GoldSpider: Warlordtrooper: Um whats the big deal,  This means that kids can go hunting with their fathers.

Haven't we evolved, as a society, beyond such barbaric "family traditions"?

If you aren't a vegan, shut the fark up...

Vegetarian myself, don't give a rats ass about responsible hunting..
Certain species like white tailed deer and many kinds of geese have to be hinted, or the impact on the environment is worse
2014-02-15 06:02:48 AM  
1 vote:
Frankly, teaching children that young to fire guns is child abuse.
2014-02-14 09:50:46 PM  
1 vote:

Not impressed...
2014-02-14 07:04:38 PM  
1 vote:
As a pot smoking hippie, gay-rights loving, obamacare supporting, science is the only truth, liberal I'd like to say

I've probably have more kills then most of the gun nuts on Fark as well because dammit, natural selection made some really tasty animals.
2014-02-14 06:00:32 PM  
1 vote:
This is actually pretty much fine with me, as long as adult supervision is still required.

Kids have gone hunting with their parents since before recorded history, and we at least have the benefit of easier game and better weapons.
2014-02-14 05:00:08 PM  
1 vote:
I went pheasant hunting (20ga) when I was 8. Before that my Dad and Uncle had been teaching me to shoot since I was 6. Hunter's education class when I was 10, and first deer at 12. All of this happened many, many moons ago, so I might be off a year here or there...

I don't have an issue with kids hunting as long as there is adult supervision...the lessons learned are generally more than how to shoot.
2014-02-14 02:01:21 PM  
1 vote:
I was hunting big game at the age of 7-8 anyway.  Me and my trusty PS/2 mouse could wipe out half of the bison from Missouri to Oregon in 20 minutes or less!  XD
2014-02-14 01:49:34 PM  
1 vote:
I don't know what the appropriate age is, but I don't have a problem with kids hunting with adult supervision. TFA says 10-year-olds can already hunt small game with adult supervision. I'd mostly be worried about the kids handling the recoil on the bigger guns.
2014-02-14 01:46:17 PM  
1 vote:
I grew up in rural Georgia. I think I was 7 or 8 the first time I went deer hunting.
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