I don’t hunt big
game with firearms. I have never shot a deer, turkey, elk or any other big game
animal with a gun and probably never will. Bowhunting up close and personal is
what drives me, and more than 2 million unique visitors to Bowsite each year.
That being said;
we are unshakable. We stand in complete solidarity with our brothers in arms.
Bowsite stands with all defenders of the 2nd Amendment. We will not
waver in our commitment to lawful gun ownership. We do not care if you are a
hunter, a shooter, or simply a freedom loving citizen trying to protect your
family. We do not care if you shoot a BB gun, shotgun, pistol, or an AR-15
black rifle. We stand with you and we always will.
A Message to
Hunters do not
cower from your threats. We see right through your transparent attempts to
divide us. It will not work. You may dupe the masses with your crafted sound
bites and emotional campaigns but you won’t fool us. Your anti gun agenda was
not bourne from the tragic events on December 14th.
We were all
devastated by Sandy Hook. I live in Connecticut. I know people in Newtown. My
heart was torn apart on that day. Those little kids were a treasure that can
never be replaced.
Every gun owner I
know wishes he was at Sandy Hook on December 14th. To place myself
in harm’s way for a chance to protect those kids from a monster would have been
my duty, my honor. Every hunter and gun owner I know feels the same.
So while you use
this tragedy to push your feel-good, impotent gun control agenda understand one
thing about us; we would consider it an honor to defend your kids too. If that
day ever comes, and I pray it does not, you will want us there (with far more
firepower and ammo than we need to kill a deer). You will tearfully thank the lawful
gun owner who stood between evil and your family. You know this to be true,
even though you will never admit it.
We don’t own guns
because we are consumed by a culture of violence. We own guns because they
are. Evil is all around us. Evil is spreading. Until you are faced with a
situation where you are confronted with evil you will never understand how it
truly feels to be powerless. I know how it feels, I lived it firsthand.
Four years ago,
while attending a business meeting in New Jersey, I stopped for gas along the
Palisades Parkway in New York. Across the pump was a man in his thirties next
to a truck. He kept staring at me and I could instantly sense he was unstable.
The description of ‘soulless’ and ‘empty’ is eerily accurate.
He kept trying to
make eye contact. I kept looking at the pump. The man walked to his passenger
door and opened it. On the seat was a short barrel shotgun. At this point I
wasn’t nervous. I was simply aware of the situation.
Every instinct in
my body told me to get in my car and get the hell out of there. But the pump’s printer
was out of paper and I needed the gas receipt. So I locked my car and headed
into the convenience store. I waited in line behind a young woman and an African
American man wearing a suit. A few moments later the unstable man walked into
He cut in front
of the African American man who politely instructed him where the line was
formed. The guy from the truck turned to face the black man and said “I’m going
to stand right here - nigger.”
President Obama, no stranger to theatrics, flocks himself with children while he and Vice President Biden lay out their aggressive gun control agenda.
The administration, which was curiously silent about guns until their reelection, have launched an all out assault on the 2nd amendment now that they don't need to win any more swing states.
Meanwhile Obama's home town of Chicago (a city with our nations toughest gun laws) experiences epidemic levels of black on black gun violence. The President is strangely silent about that. Are those lives less important Mr. President?
Now I was
nervous. The black man was professional and intelligent and knew immediately
this guy was unstable. He didn’t provoke anything. He simply said “My place in
line means more to you than me, so be my guest.”
But the guy was
craving attention, confrontation. He invaded his space and asked the man how he
likes – “being a nigger.” The man kept his cool.
By this time,
everyone was on red alert including the attendants - their eyes the size of half
dollars. I moved back a few feet in case a pistol came out. After a brief,
intense stare down the unstable man walked out of the store and back to his truck.
As soon as he was
out of hearing distance I commanded the clerks to call the police. I explained
that he had a shotgun. Unfortunately I don’t think they fully understood
English because they kept looking at me - puzzled.
The woman in
front of me motioned in terror. “Oh my God” she whimpered as her eyes filled
with tears and panic. I looked up and saw the monster. He was pure evil. He had
no emotion on his face. No rage, no fear, nothing. He was casually walking back
into the store with that short barreled shotgun draped over his shoulder. I
knew he was coming to gun us all down.
I will never
forget the feeling of powerlessness, defenseless. I wished I had my gun. All the
times I carried and thankfully never needed it. Now I needed it but it wasn’t
there (NY does not recognize concealed carry permits from other states and I
follow the rules).
Everyone was in
shock. They stayed in line, frozen in fear. I moved behind the soft drink rack.
While inadequate it was all I had. The rest of them just stood there paralyzed and completely at the mercy of a madman.
The man walked up
to the glass door, pointed the shotgun at the terrified black man, and yelled “Bang.” He
then smiled, and casually walking back to his truck and drove away.
I know powerless.
I don’t like it.
This fight isn’t
about hunting. I really don’t think anyone is coming after my 2013 Mathews
Creed. This fight is about our freedoms. No freedom is more important to me
than the right to protect my family from evil. And when it comes to that
responsibility I don’t want to be evenly matched. I want extreme firepower. Andrew
Cuomo is right. Nobody needs 10 rounds to kill a deer (I only need 1 arrow).
But this is not about hunting. Never was, and never will be. He can’t be that
stupid but I’ve been wrong before.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo exclaims "Nobody needs 10 rounds to kill a deer." He then pressures the NY legislature to pass the country's most restrictive gun laws. The SAFE Act (passed without public comment in the middle of the night) was so rushed that they failed to exempt their State's own policeman.
Instead of Cuomo's desired outcome (to be heralded as a crusader and progressive champion) his reckless approach backfired. Other state lawmakers, including my liberal State of Connecticut, now point to NY as an example of what not to do when crafting gun legislation.
understand self reliance more than most. For me, hunting is the ultimate
freedom. It allows us to divorce ourselves from a chaotic world and enter one
of the only places I consistently experience true peace. Many of us have witnessed
the realities of life in the natural world. Things hunters understand yet Cuomo
and Obama will never grasp. The world is not nice, it is not fair, and
interaction between living beings is often unpleasant. And that is the systemic
issues that divide the pragmatics from the utopians.
I watched a bald
eagle attempt to knock a mountain goat kid off of a ledge in Alaska. Its
mother ferociously kicked to protect her young. She was not successful. The
eagle separated them and the kid plunged to its death where the eagle feasted
on the dead offspring. I’m sure the nanny would prefer a world where danger
does not exist. We’d prefer it too. But just like that nanny we know that’s
not reality. That nanny will continue to use every defense at her disposal. And
so will I. The only difference between us is she is not bound to rules imposed
by men. I am. And that’s where our conflict begins and ends. The assault on
freedom drives the beating heart of gun control resistance.
peace replaces evil let me know. For now, I refuse to be a victim. Not from
evil people, or from agenda-driven political ideologues and a complicit media. I
refuse to be powerless.
My fellow gun owers can count on us. We will stand together.