Letter: Hunting used to be considered a right
I would like to thank Bill Schramm of Cottonwood for his letter concerning Proposition 109.
I was undecided on this one, but after reading his letter, I have decided to vote yes on Prop 109. Way too many of our rights have been labeled “privileges,” and over-regulated, taxed, or eliminated. Example: You want to pull over your car and park beside a public highway and take a picture. Pretty basic right, yes? Not around Sedona! This has been labeled a privilege, and you now have to ask the government for permission and pay a tax (the Red Rock Pass).
Hunting used to be considered a right, but it was changed by legislation proposed by sportsmen, around the turn of the 20th century, to a privilege.
The idea was to regulate hunting and fishing so they could be preserved for future generations. I think most of those sportsmen would be appalled at how “regulated” it has gotten today.
Mr. Schramm suggests that scientists and biologists are best qualified to manage wildlife. Can someone give me an example of where that has worked?
Like maybe California, where lead bullets have been outlawed for hunting, even though there’s not a single documented case of a condor (or any other raptor) dying from ingesting a lead bullet in a carcass? I’m voting yes on Proposition 109.