That is the real reason behind having the first proposed bear hunt in Nevada in over 80 years. Hunters want to do it because they “can”. Let’s face it, virtually anybody “can” hit a large relatively slow target with a gun. Is that somehow supposed to be impressive? Now if on the other hand, someone can shoot a fly out of thin air with a bee bee gun that would be very impressive.
I do want to say for the record I am not against guns and do believe law abiding citizens should have access to them. It is one thing for somebody to defend themselves, fight for their country, or hunt for subsistence or survival. However, let’s call this proposed bear hunt for what it really is; it is simply trophy hunting to boost one’s egos and does not serve any valid purpose.
As a former college athlete I find it incredibly insulting that trophy hunting is somehow called a “sport”, especially when some of the hunters out there have about as much athletic ability as Elmer Fudd. Shooting a large, relatively slow target with very fast bullets is hardly a challenge. To me, that is about as exciting as watching someone kick goals into an empty soccer net.
When it comes to a competition involving guns, I give the most respect to those who put themselves at risk as well. For example, if I ever met the members of SEAL Team 6 who took out Osama Bin Laden, I would shake their hands and buy them a beer because they proved themselves to be incredibly gutsy and succeeded on an incredibly risky mission. I very much respect a Purple Heart, or a Medal of Honor as a real trophy, but definitely not the corpse of a dead defenseless animal. (By the way, SEAL Team 6 is living proof that government can work and the private sector is not always the solution!)
One can also demonstrate their marksmanship skills with skeet shooting, or targets. If one really wants an adrenaline rush, I highly recommend paintball. There is no reason one of God’s majestic creatures like a bear must die so that someone insecure of their manhood can have what is truly a cheap worthless trophy. In fact, if I see such a “trophy”, I am not only colored unimpressed, I also have contempt for that individual as well. To me, a sport hunter’s trophy is about as authentic as Milli Vanilli’s Grammy award. If you really want a trophy that is legit and respected, then play a sport where there is a legitimate challenge or put your own life at risk.
If you agree with me, then I urge you to sign this petition against the proposed bear hunt. The goal is to turn in several thousand signatures by August 11th.