Seen along I-69 – “Never trust a man who does not hunt.”
As a non-hunter who also opposes the ownership of handguns and assault weapons, I found this billboard advertising a gun store to be extremely offensive in several ways. First, I have no qualms with others who enjoy hunting, but calling those of us who do not hunt untrustworthy crosses the line. I enjoy fishing, so does that constitute hunting or trustworthiness? I have enjoyed trap and skeet shooting in the past, so does that make me trustworthy?
Second, it attributes this quote to Teddy Roosevelt by having his picture on the billboard. To date, an in-depth search of the Internet has found no such quote being said by him. In fact, President Teddy Roosevelt was quoted as saying the following, “A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”
Third, the billboard insinuates that only men hunt, which is flat-out wrong and seems extremely short-sighted from a marketing standpoint. I personally believe that America has some serious societal issues with guns and the “gun culture.” There are way too many of guns available, they are way too accessible, and the technology has gone way beyond what is necessary to hunt or defend oneself. Frankly, the idea of amateur-commandos running around the countryside is rather frightening.
The fact that the United States exports guns like they were toys is also troubling to me. Many reports I have seen/read link the source of the weaponry used in the drug violence in Mexico right back to the USA. There is a way of reducing the trade deficit that we can all be proud of.
An old adage says, “a capitalist is one who will sell their executioner the rope used to hang them.” Well, it appears due to our indifference to the correlation between gun availability and gun crime, it can also be said a capitalist will also sell criminals the guns used to rob, shoot, hurt, maim, and kill them.
Personally, I trust non-hunters more than those who do hunt, because they have rejected the brainwashing and spin of the NRA and others who promote gun ownership like it is biblical prophecy. Sorry gun advocates, the good book says “thou shall not kill,” so you are going to have to find another way of rationalizing your actions. Oh, by the way, you might want to work on that character thing too.