As readers of this blog are well aware, I oppose vehemently the proliferation of guns in the hands of U.S. citizens. At the risk of repeating myself: We now have more than 120 guns per hundred people. We have more guns than people in the U.S. And the ratio between those killed by gunfire and the number of guns in the hands of civilians is constant world wide—the more guns, the more killed.
An argument I hear repeatedly in favor of gun ownership is that we need firearms for hunting. That leads me to ask, why do we need to hunt? The answer I’m given is, hunting is a sport. Merriam-Webster defines “sport” as “a source of pleasant diversion, a pleasing or amusing pastime or activity.” The offered synonym is “recreation.” So I’m asked to believe that killing wild animals with firearms is something we do to relax and have fun.
There was a time in our frontier past when hunting was a necessity for people to eat. That time is long since gone. The only justification for hunting we have these days is recreation.
So I ask readers to join me in opposing hunting as a needless and cruel practice. It is time that we Americans join the rest of the civilized world by eliminating the barbarous practice of using guns to kill animals for fun.