Opposes wolf hunt
Thanks to the Brainerd Dispatch for highlighting the removal of 29 species from the list of endangered species (“Bald eagle, gray wolf off the endangered species list,” Aug. 21), but I need to disagree with the conclusion that this is a “prudent management of our natural resources.” There has been an alarming decline in Minnesota wolf populations since they were removed from the federal list of endangered species, which is a clear indication of the damage that open hunting seasons can do to a vulnerable population.
The gray wolf was prematurely removed from the list of endangered species in the Great Lakes Region in 2012, and Born Free USA is part of an important lawsuit to restore protection there. Delisting wolves has allowed Great Lakes states, including Minnesota, to implement open trophy hunting seasons that encourage the most inhumane methods of hunting. The recovery of gray wolves is far from over and their survival is still precarious. It is risky and irresponsible to play guessing games with hunting seasons when the wolf population clearly cannot sustain such abuse.
I fear that the crucial conservation efforts that have brought wolves back from the brink of extinction will be quickly undone. All compassionate American citizens should oppose wolf hunts and submit a comment to the Minnesota DNR arguing against their reckless decision.
Everyone has a natural right to protect themselves, and make themselves feel as safe as they need to be, as long as they’re not nuts about it. It has nothing to do with the Second Amendment.
People using the amendment argument probably don’t know the Constitution, and should bone up on it first. Carelessly using the Constitution may be more dangerous than carelessly using guns. Second Amendment rights were acquiesced to the southern states to suppress slave rebellions.
We’ve outlawed that form of slavery. We do have capitalists/corporations holding the middle/lower income people as slaves and hostages. Guns won’t help here. (Do you defend the 1 percent conservatives? Shame on you. Example: the “death tax” — estate tax — doesn’t apply to you. Learn about it.)
Some people are uncomfortable around guns and feel threatened, whether held by patriotic’ citizens, criminals, or police. One gun nut speaking at some hearing about bringing guns into the Capitol, ridiculed a woman for this, suggesting she get counseling. No, the gun nut saying that is the one needing counseling. Shame on you. He did project an aura of threat. I guess if you’re not too sure about your manhood, acting like a threat can falsely bolster your ego.
The state should offer any Capitol employee feeling threatened a free course in gun use and safety, to where they’re no longer unreasonably afraid. This should be paid for by a tax on us gun owners. The more people use guns as threats, the more the tax. That woman feeling threatened should take the power of intimidation away from that gun nut.
Fortunately, not all gun owners are gun nuts!
And anyone using guns to project an aura of threat to others should be banned from owning one. They’re just bullies, who’ve never been “properly counseled.”