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  •  There is a place in PA (15+ / 0-)

    called Potter County.  Its northern border abuts NYS...right about where NYS is all forest.  For that matter, Potter Co. is pretty much all forest.  Population 110,000 if you include deer, squirrels, birds, chipmunks, and otters.  And slugs.

    Nobody in the state of PA argues that people in Potter County should have their guns confiscated.

    The problem is, somebody in the legislature made a law stating that all gun laws everywhere in the state must be the same.

    So, if you live in Potter County, you have the same nonchalant gun rules as people in the worst parts of Philly, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Reading, Lancaster, and York.

    I dunno about the rest of the idjits here in PA, but I am quite tired of hearing gunshots at 3 a.m.

    And I walk home from work after midnight.  I always try to avoid the armed altercations on my way.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 01:44:24 AM PST

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    •  as I recall Potter County has a bear season (15+ / 0-)

      and one certainly needs a more powerful rifle to take down a fully grown black bear than it does to take down a deer.

      Gun laws can get a bit silly.

      Back when Abercrombie and Fitch was more than a brand of clothing (they outfitted Teddy Roosevelt for his safaris etc) a man came out carrying a shotgun at high port that the store had wrapped.  A rookie cop arrested him for carrying a concealed weapon.

      But I think it was also at A&F that someone bought a gun, bought some ammunition, then promptly blew out his brains in front of the counter.

      Some argue that we should in fact have uniform gun laws, especially in light of the new law which allows someone licensed to carry in their home state to carry in a National Park.

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 03:54:58 AM PST

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      •  A friend of mine killed (legally) a black bear in (7+ / 0-)

        Potter county.  It mad me sad, but I cooked it for him.  His wife won't touch wild game.  Did you know "the Joy of Cooking" actually has recipes for game meats?  It shocked me.

        Cats are better than therapy, and I'm a therapist.

        by Smoh on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 08:46:27 AM PST

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        •  Yes (0+ / 0-)
          Did you know "the Joy of Cooking" actually has recipes for game meats?
          But I think there are some chefs out there who are more experienced with/more brilliant at cooking game than anything you'll find in Joy.

          About the bear season...black bears rebounded incredibly well from their tiny numbers early in the twentieth century.  When I went to Penn State, they were already coming back.  They're cute from a really long distance, but you don't want a population explosion...they're dangerous critters.

          Potter County, being mostly forest, is the appropriate place for bears.  State College/Centre County -- not so much.

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 11:36:21 PM PST

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      •  Ken, I think it's the state. (0+ / 0-)

        Potter County can't have a bear season that hasn't been authorized by Harrisburg -- and in fact, although I use Potter Co. here b/c of its remoteness & tiny human-to-tree population, the fact is, the state often has a bear season.  I think it's usually a one-day season, but there ya go.  If the bears start encroaching on towns too much, it's time to cull the population.

        Same thing with deer.  It's been a long time, but I remember reading -- decades ago -- that PA's deer population in the second half of the twentieth century was far larger than in the early part of that century.  Part of the reason was hunting regulations.  Well, and serious consequences for poaching.

        My point is simply that a well-regulated hunting season can be good for both controlling the size of the herds, and for people stocking their freezers for the winter.

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 11:45:39 PM PST

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