Gun Required?

Bill would require all S.D. citizens to buy a gun

Five South Dakota lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require any adult 21 or older to buy a firearm “sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.”

The bill, which would take effect Jan. 1, 2012, would give people six months to acquire a firearm after turning 21. The provision does not apply to people who are barred from owning a firearm.

Sure, Murdoc likes the change-the-table-on-them aspect of this, but he’s not in favor of pro-gun control any more than he’s in favor of traditional (anti-)gun control.

The bill is intended to demonstrate that the government should not be allowed to compel things like Obamacare. One advantage that the you-must-buy-a-gun legislation has over Obamacare is that it’s affordable.

But the robber dropped his handgun

Pizza Guy incident: Pizza delivery leads to robbery attempt

A delivery driver for Boss’s; Pizza and Chicken was delivering an order in the 400 block of North Lake Avenue just after 3 a.m. when he was approached by a man with a gun who demanded cash, police spokesman Sean Kooistra said.

The driver handed over his money, two pizzas and his cell phone, but the robber dropped his handgun, Kooistra said. The driver picked it up and began to beat the robber as two other men jumped out from the bushes.

Not exactly sure what it means by “began to beat the robber” but good on the pizza guy for reacting quickly to a miscue by the bad guy.

23 State Attorneys General To Attorney General Holder: “No Semi-Auto Ban”

Via the NRA-ILA:

On June 11, the top law enforcement officials of nearly half the states signed a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, expressing their opposition to reinstatement of the federal ban on semi-automatic firearms.

“We share the Obama Administration’s commitment to reducing illegal drugs and violent crime within the United States. We also share your deep concern about drug cartel violence in Mexico. However, we do not believe that restricting law-abiding Americans’ access to certain semi-automatic firearms will resolve any of these problems,” the letter said.

The letter notes congressional opposition to bringing back the ban, and calls for increasing enforcement of existing laws.

We encourage NRA members to let these state officials know we appreciate them standing up to the incessant clamor for gun control that is currently coming from anti-gun groups and their media allies.

The 23 state Attorneys General, in alphabetical order, by state, are:
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Mountain Lions Feast On Deer Kill

Mountain Lions Caught on Film
Mountain Lions Caught on Film

Outdoor Life has the photos from a motion-sensitive camera spying on a trio of cats getting a late night snack in South Dakota.

Very cool, though the reader comment

It’s too bad that it’s a precious deer and not Tom Daschle

was just plain out of line and I won’t repeat it here.

Question: What’s up with the whole “catamount” thing, anyway? Is that truly the same thing as a mountain lion? I’ve always thought so, but I was just recently told that they weren’t quite the same.

Not Exactly Under the Radar

Those watching things closely may have noticed a trend:

These are all from the past two or three days and aren’t simply re-runs of AP items in different papers. All of these have considerable, if not exclusively, local content. I could easily have included many, many more.

No doubt, the media coverage is feeding the flames a bit. As is the fact that hunting seasons are kicking off or underway in most states right now. But the trend is unmistakable.

It doesn’t seem to be localized to the bitter, clingy parts of the nation. Or to the red states.

Economy only grazes hunting

In the AP: Have gun, will travel

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Have gun, will travel — even if the economy’s shot.

In the heart of South Dakota’s pheasant-hunting country, license sales have been strong this fall despite gasoline prices near $3 a gallon and a looming recession. Ditto for hunting license sales in New York, Utah and Colorado. The leading retailers of outdoor gear, meanwhile, say sales of shotguns, ammunition and warm camouflage clothes aren’t too bad considering the economy’s headwinds.

Hunting’s popularity has waned slightly in recent years, and American families are tightening their belts as a recession looms, but businesses catering to hunters say the sport’s outlook remains relatively healthy during these hard economic times.

The uptick in gun sales due to worries about the election affecting concealed carry or assault-type weapons has been the big story this year, but it’s great to hear that hunting sales are also keeping up okay.

Hunting numbers have been slumping lately. The average age of hunters has been slowly creeping upward, meaning that fewer young people are joining the ranks. Gun and gear sales in the hot self-defense sector and the red-hot tactical market have much more than made up for the slump, but hunting dollars are crucial to the continuing health of our sport. Not only guns, gear, and ammunition sales, but license fees, travel and lodging, and related businesses such as meat processing and taxidermy are all very dependent on a strong hunting community.

Stowe Samco, owner of Absolutely Pheasants hunting lodge in Tripp County, S.D., which labels itself the “Pheasant Hunting Capital of the World,” said his reservations are up 13 percent from last year.

It costs about $400 daily to hunt pheasants at Samco’s place. He believes the sagging economy may deter hunters who are less affluent.

“I think the people that are hurt by the economy right now, the people that won’t be coming, are probably going to be your $75- to $200-a-day guys. It’s tougher for them,” Samco says.

No doubt the more expensive hunting trip market will suffer from losing a lot of those near the lower end of the price range. Of course, if higher taxes on the more affluent come to pass, even those taking long trips for $400 days of hunting may be affected. Which, of course, affects the people who make the guns, ammo, and gear for those folks, not to mention those who transport them, feed and lodge them, and organize the hunts for them. People with more money tend to spend more money, creating jobs for those with less money.

Wow. It’s almost like we already have some sort of wealth redistribution system in place in America.

Another thing I think about, especially for local hunters spending a few days in the back woods, is the money saved by shooting them some venison. A good-sized deer can provide a fair amount of meat for a family. Not a bad return for a few dollars worth of shells and a day spent in the woods.