One of Wampus’s “frequent caller” friends has a keen interest in wildlife – and especially in protecting our right to hunt and fish.
He said some folks feel North Carolina should adopt a constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to hunt and fish. I have argued that we do not need to embark on such a crusade.
We already have the right to hunt and fish and that right hasn’t been challenged. Why raise the issue?
Should a constitutional amendment be proposed, we could bet PETA, various “humane societies” and assorted animal rights groups and anti-hunters in general would mount an aggressive, well-funded effort to defeat it.
And what if they succeeded and the amendment failed to pass?
This could be interpreted by them as a signal – however false - that North Carolinians are opposed to hunting.
We don’t need to open that can of worms.
(At one point in discussing the non-issue with my frequent caller friend I said the proposal was “idiotic.” Understandably, he took exception. It was a bad choice of words. But the proposal, in my opinion, sure ain’t very smart.)