October 25, 2007


Edwards's Bid for Favor Of Hunters Draws Fire (JOSH GERSTEIN, October 25, 2007, NY Sun)

A new attempt by a Democratic presidential hopeful, John Edwards, to cozy up to hunters is coming under fire from the National Rifle Association and conservation groups.

Traveling in Iowa yesterday, Mr. Edwards unveiled a "Hunting and Fishing Bill of Rights and Responsibilities" that calls for giving hunters more access to federal lands, including, in some cases, national parks.

"This is part of who I am and part of what I will stand for as president," Mr. Edwards told voters in Glenwood, Iowa, according to the Associated Press. He said he hunted while growing up in rural North Carolina and still fishes occasionally.

His political career is so tied up in being a metrosexual that it's fair to say that he's the most feminine candidate on the Democratic side. So it's not just a question of who's going to buy this but who are they even trying to sell to? He can't get male votes.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 25, 2007 7:21 PM

Define "occasionally" please and provide some details.

Posted by: Dave W at October 26, 2007 9:58 AM

The 2nd Amendment does not protect hunting. When a candidate says he'll protect our "Right" to "hunt", it's a sure sign he's a gunbanner. Or a clueless potential gunbanner.

Posted by: Pete at October 26, 2007 10:27 AM

Or a gun nut. A hunting ban would not in any coherent sense contravene the rather narrow 2nd.

Posted by: oj at October 26, 2007 2:24 PM

"A hunting ban would not in any coherent sense contravene the rather narrow 2nd."

Indeed, banning hunting of a particular species or in a threatened area doesn't in any sense impinge on our right to keep and bear arms.

Posted by: Pete at October 26, 2007 3:47 PM

The species and area don't matter. There is no such right.

Posted by: oj at October 26, 2007 5:51 PM

Well, there is a right to hunt in some state constitutions and certainly within the unenumerated rights referred to ib the NInth Amendment.

The RKBA is different, however. The RKBA is political. It is about reserving self-defense for the individual and for civil society.

I do agree that linking hunting with the Second Amendment is error. Both issues are about guns, but that is as far as it goes. Hunting is about liberty, property and religion; the RKBA is about overcoming and resisting folk enemies.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 27, 2007 9:52 AM

Unenumerated rights? You could write Roe.

Posted by: oj at October 27, 2007 10:26 AM