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  •  Is it too much to ask (11+ / 0-)

    the folks relinquish the privilege of hunting with handguns?

    If so, why?

    •  Why? when was the last crime you heard of (9+ / 0-)

      committed with a major caliber long barreled handgun/

      Seen anyone carrying an X frame 500 Smith to rob a liquor store?

      What is the advantage?

      Why should people relinquish handgun hunting when there's no evidence anywhere it will have any impact on crime rates?

      Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
      I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
      Emiliano Zapata

      by buddabelly on Sat May 17, 2014 at 07:06:24 AM PDT

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      •  So you don't oppose (5+ / 0-)

        regulating, even prohibiting, other types of handguns?

      •  I have never been in favor of handgun hunting. (8+ / 0-)

        However, I would not venture unarmed into territory where I was lower down on the food chain than some of the local fauna who outweigh me by a few hundred pounds. Shoot a pissed off Grizzly with a deer rifle and all you are going to do is piss him off even more. Their matted hair acts almost like soft body armor. A heavy caliber handgun will penetrate, given the right ammunition.

        Not for hunting. For self-preservation. When I was still in high school, I went squirrel hunting with my dad. I took my little .410 gauge shotgun. A feral hog chased me up a tree. The hog could still smell me, staying at the bottom of the tree to wait me out. A .410 shotgun is not going to do anything to a hog except make it even madder.  Thankfully, my dad came looking for me.

        I live in an area where it is really not smart to go into the woods completely unarmed. It doesn't matter if you are hiking or hunting.  Cougar are making a comeback, and bears are everywhere to name just two. As is said of dragons: "You are crunchy and taste good with ketchup."

        Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength. - Eric Hoffer

        by Otteray Scribe on Sat May 17, 2014 at 07:28:12 AM PDT

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        •  same here only it's Cougar and Sinaloense Sicarios (4+ / 0-)

          The first group picked up from my neighboring property in a while 2 days ago...found another nice camo backpack with fresh socks and electrolytes still hanging on the fence as the Flag for pickup....

          There's some bear in the Huachucas but here in the Sierritas, the Cougar is our only 4 legged large predator....yote and badger are around but unless you are seriously hurt, yote's aren't much of an issue and badgers you're lucky to ever see one....The Sicarios are still a problem here though.

          Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
          I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
          Emiliano Zapata

          by buddabelly on Sat May 17, 2014 at 02:39:48 PM PDT

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        •  Same here in the Blue Ridge Mts., especially as (3+ / 0-)

          there are government sanctioned bear dens, along with packs of coyote.  When hiking or packing overnight with our Llamas in the deep woods of the Pisgah National Forrest, I have a sidearm at the ready, along with my shotgun.  

          Haven't had to use either one of them, but we have encountered bear, and coyote in the distance.  Better to be safe, than sorry.  

          “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

          by LamontCranston on Sat May 17, 2014 at 06:49:43 PM PDT

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