This Post could also be called Arm the Moose, and I will no doubt offend some people, but you can’t please everyone.
I just do not get hunting. Actually I never have.
What is proven by taking high powered modern weapons, and using them to blow away animals in their natural habitat? How does this make a man more manly? How does this demonstrate any sort of ethical behaviour as a steward of the planet? In my complete biased view, it does exactly the opposite.
It certainly may demonstrate skill in the act of sneaking covertly about in the bush, and also in the precision of shooting. There is also the wonderful fellowship which participants report that they enjoy. All that is arguably commendable. But it is the obsession of the kill that we are talking about here, not the window dressing.
In secular terms, people today are usually obsessively concerned with fairness in all things. Without entering the debate about the appropriateness of fairness, how can killing animals as they stand unaware in the wild be considered fair. Thus we have my subtitle of Arm the Moose. Or let the hunter hunt with a knife and naked. That would be closer to ‘fair’.
There was most certainly a time historically when hunting was a necessity of life. In that context it was wholly appropriate, and I definitely get it. Today, however, that is not the case.
Today it is not a necessity either in term of survival, nor in terms of providing male identity. If it is, then the associate definition of identity is pretty trivial indeed. This could lead us to the whole area of Male actualization – expressed 20 or so years ago in the Male New Age movement, and repackage very successfully recently in the Eldridge phenomena. We will deal with that in due time, but suffice to say that it is not a justification.
In Christian terms, I do not see it as good stewardship, since it is not a necessity for survival, nor for successful character actualization.
Now, am I saying that shooting itself is a problem? Not at all. I see nothing inappropriate in target shooting, sheet shooting, and so on. I am also neither an NRA aficionado, nor a vehement gun control advocate. Lastly, I am not saying that you shouldn’t shoot the bear that is about to attack you.
So there we have it. The guns are on the table, to be issued to all Moose. Once that is done, I don’t think that I would object to the hunt at all!
Comments ( no shooting, please)?