If you have not yet heard what has to be the height of lunacy in the Wisconsin Assembly–let me tell you–but first take a seat and remove any choking hazards from your mouth.
A bill passed in the State Assembly to allow anyone to go hunting, no matter how young. AB 455, passed on a vote of 57-32. The measure was supported by the powerful gun lobby and since the NRA buys and sells the members of the Republican caucus there was no doubt as to the outcome of the legisaltion.
Who care if guns are now being placed in the hands of very young children or that the woods will be even more unsafe during the hunting season? Hell, why not allow beer carts in the woods to sell beverages too, akin to those that show up at certain golf courses? Leave the baby bottles at home and let little Johnny swig a brew as he steadies his little arm for the next rounds he fires aimlessly into the trees.
Current Wisconsin law says you need to be at least 12 years old to hunt, unless you’re in a hunting membership program, in which case you can be as young as 10. But thanks to the geniuses in the GOP caucus this bill would do away with all age restrictions so that anyone under 10 can hunt if that person is with a mentor. Even as maddening it would also do away with the limit on the number of weapons that the mentor and the minor may carry.
I get the fact the gun lobby is all upset that more and more kids do not with to hunt and slaughter animals with deadly weapons in the woods. This is no longer a society where most people need to hunt and gather to stay alive. Instead hunting is more a blood-letting exercise with male machismo than it is anything bearing a resemblance to what our history books tell of past generations needing to hunt.
The bill’s author is Assemblyman Rob Stafsholt who actually said out loud on the floor that every hunter uses high-powered rifles and he believed he was capable of handling a .22-caliber rifle when he was eight years old. By all means put those weapons in the hands of kids who are not even yet able to discern if they need clean underwear!
With the passage of this insane bill one thing is for sure. The ability of the Republicans to shove their heads up the backside of the NRA has reached a new high–and this state has reached a new low.