Two priests and a nun in my parish were avid hunters. I even went trap shooting with the nun and she gave me shells she had reloaded herself. They shared the meat from the hunts with the parish too-more often the poor illegal immigrant Mexican families.
Guns ain’t bad. They’re dangerous tools that should be respected. The hunters I know have more knowledge of wildlife, conservation and the outdoors than most of the people at Earth First meetings. They train their hunting dogs well and treat them superbly, they pay taxes and fees and licenses and jump through all the hoops the government makes for them.
Most gun nuts I have met are nuts because they’re afraid the Gov. is going to take away something they feel strongly about. “Hey the gov. is going to ban assault rifles. I’d better go out and buy 10 of them and all the ammo I can carry before the ban goes into place.” Are gun laws keeping guns out of the hands of criminals and the criminally insane?
I’m going to go out on a limb to say they aren’t.
Black powder weapons can be bought legally over the counter and taken out of the store THE SAME DAY they are purchased. Why? Because it takes a lot of experience and at least a high school math level to know how to load them.
There aren’t many drive by shootings with them and they don’t have the spray and pray potential that some weapons have. You can even carry them in public as long as the firing caps are not in the weapon.
You can’t even carry an unloaded shotgun uncased in a public area in California. See Mulford act http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Panther_Party
Sorry…going out on a tangent.
Jesus wouldn’t hate guns or hunting-hell most of his buddies were fishermen.