Originally Posted by LittleBettaFish
I also do not like people who take shots at animals and they are not clean kills. Furthermore, people seem to forget that if you don't hit anything your bullet is still going to end up somewhere. Having been a lurker on a few American horse forums, all I can say is that hunting season sounds absolutely crazy over there. People getting shot at in their yards, trespassers hunting illegally on properties, livestock such as cattle and horses getting shot etc. I would be too freaked out to leave my house if that happened here and I backed onto bush.
It is crazy, and far too many accidents happen because people aren't following the rules they're supposed to. Unfortunately some people think it's ok to mix alcohol and firearms, which leads to horrible tragedies every hunting season. Most people do not aim their guns anywhere they're not ok with shooting, and keep guns unloaded until they need ammunition to shoot an animal. But there are always issues with those who don't follow appropriate safety guidelines, and with some of the high caliber rifles around for large animals it's a recipe for disaster. After the the horrible events last Friday, I am finding it hard to be supportive at all of the ease with which civilians in this country can get high power assault weapons. It's wrong that the people who buy these use hunting as an excuse; somehow humans hunted even larger animals than those that exist now without guns for thousands of years. So anything that holds more than a few rounds is indefensible. The world is right to think we're descending into madness with our lax gun policy. I just want to offer a perspective so people realize that not all people who hunt with guns are in favor of an absolute right to carry any gun, and many of us believe that gun policy needs serious and immediate reform. Heck, I'd even switch to a bow if it meant no more guns at all. A true hunter does not need to rely on high tech weaponry to bag game. Some of the best hunters I know are felons who are banned from owning firearms and have honed their bowhunting skills because of it.