Thursday, 31 January 2008 10:13

How far are you willing to go?

Written by Marshall Goldy
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As far as I can see, that depends on which side of the fence you are located.  That fence can be any of a number of topics or causes.  The fence (or more apply "the wall") I have been trying to climb is the US vs. THEM fence of the sportsman/hunters versus the environmental/animal rights zealots.

The answer to part of that question is that the environmental/animal rights zealots are willing (and able) to do anything to put forward and secure their agenda.  For decades, they have formed organizations and alliances that have made it possible to change the way of life our fathers and grand-fathers fought and died for.  Our ancestors came west to get away from people who were telling them how to live their lives and conduct their businesses.  They settled in the western part of this country with hardships we can only read about.  That way of life is gone forever thanks in a great part to those environmental/animal rights zealots who moved here and turned this great country into the way of life they (environmental/animal rights zealots) just came from.

They learned to raise money to fund their efforts and know the advantage of having their fellow activists in the print media and governmental agencies.  With all of their hard work, it is now not very hard for them to get laws and policies put into effect which support their environmental/animal rights agendas.

Now, let's look at the other side (sportsman/hunters).  For the most part, we keep to ourselves and don't make any waves.  When the government asks for more money (for licenses and tags) we just pay the extra money and grumble about the department of wildlife sticking it to us again.  When we hear environmental/animal rights zealots talking (or writing) in public, we just grumble to ourselves that they are just "tree hugging liberals" and what they are saying is "just a load of crap" and no one with any brains would not listen to them (there must be a lot of brainless people out there).  When we are told that they are forming alliances with anti-gun and anti-hunting groups, we say "that will never work".

But you are VERY WRONG!  Their tactics have worked very well and continue to work well.  And what do we do?  We sit on our hands and don't want to be bothered.  No one would listen to us anyway!  We may not be able to get articles published in the newspapers but there are people who will listen to you.  Try it, you'll like it!

There are a lot of "fence sitters" out there who are just waiting to get the information they need to decide which side of the fence they are going to stand on.  Guess who is talking to them?  The environmental/animal rights zealots, that's who.  So, then it comes time to decide which side of the questions they are going to back up with their votes, we lose by our inactivity.

But what can we do about that?  STOP SITTING ON YOUR HANDS AND DO SOMETHING! 

  • Start first by getting the knowledge you need to combat (that's the right word because this is a war for your constitutional rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness) the environmental/animal rights zealots' lies.  Get on the internet and read from the websites that have done most of the work for you (email me and I'll give you some). 
  • Once you have the knowledge, don't let the environmental/animal rights zealots lie to the public without you standing up and calling them to task with what you have learned.
  • Form up small groups of people who think like you and attend every meeting where the subject is your rights as a sportsman/hunter.  During that meeting, have one of your group stand up and let your opinions be heard.  Get your feelings "on the record". Don't be afraid, it gets easier each time you do it.
  • Don't just send "letters to the editor". Send them to your elected officials and then follow-up on what they have done about your complaints.
  • Ask people seeking election how they stand on sportsman/hunter's rights and then vote accordingly.
  • Give whatever money you can (even if it is just $1.00) to the organizations that are fighting for your sportsman/hunter's rights.

Now comes the hard part.  If you are not willing to do all or some of the things listed above, just keep your mouth shut and join the other side because that's what you are doing by not taking part in the war against your rights as a sportsman/hunter.

Remember, the hardest journey begins with just one step.  JUST TAKE THE STEP!


Marshall Goldy

Gardnerville, Nevada

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I retired as a Public Safety Officer after 32 years service with Federal (U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement Ranger), State and local law enforcement agencies.  I have two college degrees and have testified in courts as an expert witness.  I have hunted and fished in Montana, Wyoming, North & South Dakota, Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Nebraska and California.  I now live in the Carson Valley of Nevada.



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