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Republicans Take Aim At “Mrs. Deer Hunters”

Republicans Take Aim At “Mrs. Deer Hunters”

Forget about soccer moms. The new demographic for the Republican presidential candidates to woo: animal murderers — whoops, I mean deer hunters.

According to The Huffington Post, women in Midwestern swing states with a fondness for “hunting rifles” are among the key populations for Romney and Ryan to bag this election season.  HuffPo dubs them “Mrs. Deer Hunters” and notes that Paul Ryan “proudly proclaimed” in Michigan that he is himself a deer hunter.

I don’t get hunting. It’s not even a fair fight for the deer. As Paul Rodriguez said, “Hunting is not a sport.  In a sport, both sides should know they’re in the game.” Ideally they should also be equally matched. Hunters have guns. What do deer have? On defense, they have running away, but that isn’t quick enough to escape a bullet. On offense, they’ve got pretty much squat. How often do you read about a deer attacking a hunter — and winning?

It is no defense to protest that some hunters eat what they kill. They don’t need to kill in order to eat. Millions of vegetarians and vegans have figured that out. So they must like the killing — maybe even get a “soul-deep” thrill out of it.

It doesn’t say much for the Republicans that they identify (or pretend to identify) with people who enjoy killing. It takes callous cruelty to enjoy injuring and killing innocent, aware beings, animals who do not want to die. Enjoying harming the helpless — come to think of it, that does echo much of the Romney/Ryan platform, like taking medical care, food, and even cash (in the form of higher and regressive taxes) away from the poor, who generally lack the resources to fight back. And gosh darn it if R&R don’t seem to get a kick out of that. If they can demonstrate to Mrs. Deer Hunters that the only difference between them is their prey, they will lock up those votes.

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10:36PM PDT on Sep 24, 2012

To weigh the argument against hunting, one must adequately consider their only alternative which is agriculture. While I bear no grudge against agriculture, I am at least aware of the environmental damage it creates and would point this out to any who pretend that eating cultivated beef, broccoli or beets is an environmentally sensitive alternative. The conversion of millions of acres of wild lands to vast monocultures incapable of supporting any wildlife whatsoever strikes me as insensitive. Dumping millions of tons of pesticides into our air, water and soil and diverting billions of gallons of water annually from sensitive aquatic ecosystems hardly seems praiseworthy, and destroying entire ecosystems in order to raise one's preferred species seems a bit like playing God. In comparison, regulated hunting and fishing have little or no impact on habitat and non-target species. They are the ultimate forms of organic farming, where even the species consumed is left to natural forces, not human choice. And to pretend that hunting is comparatively cruel is to ignore the crush of the plough and the starvation that inevitably befalls the "lucky" survivors of the initial onslaught. Cultivated lands remain environmental wastelands for the duration of their existence. It is unacceptable to feign ignorance of this damage or excuse it as unintentional when it is in fact a necessary and entirely predicable outcome of one's consumption habits.

6:54PM PDT on Sep 17, 2012

I think this article makes me almost want to become a hunter.
My Boyfriend started hunting a year ago, after teaching himself how to be a responsible bow-hunter. It took me a while to wrap my head around his decision to hunt. I do not want to hunt but I do enjoy shooting guns.
A responsible, ethical journalist would not pigeon hole a group of people like this writer has.
And even if I did not support my man and his hunting I would still support Romney.
BTW....I was a democrat most of my life. Until 9-11-2001.

5:13PM PDT on Sep 7, 2012

Whoa now! This is just a tad bit out of line. I'll preface this by saying I'm a B.S. Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences student from the University of IL. A an archer that is a hunting advocate, ANIMAL LOVER, AND and Obama supporter. I am a recognized positive reinforcement dog trainer and falconry apprentice.

Hunting has many, many values that few people realize. First off, we've sadly extirpated almost all apex carnivores resulting in deer over-population.

Second, there are now TWO diseases (as of this year) that cause tragic and painful deaths to certain deer populations in the US. One is actually death by internal bleeding.

Third, while we have the choice not to eat meat (I've dated and support 3 "veggies"), those of us who choose to eat meat and get it from nature ethically, are not purchasing from rainforest destroying, methane producing, animal abusing, bison and wolf hating, Romney supporting companies.

I openly respect your food source and definitely encourage a primarily veggie diet. My life goal is to return apex predator populations (wolves, bear, cougar, bobcat, shark) across the US and if you don't like that you best start huntin!

I would love to entertain serious questions or comments at Kelvin.Limbrick@gmail.com!

8:42PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

bloodthirsty neanderthal redneck cowards calling themselves "hunters" should be thrown in the woods naked with hunters and snipers taking THEM out. You want to deal death, you should be prepared to take it. The universe isn't a one way street, cowards.

8:23PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

I think most Republicans (and a large number of so called democrats) have part of their brain missing. Romney and his sidekicks are two of those that need to be committed to mental instituions.

4:17PM PDT on Sep 3, 2012

Get the Republicans out of office. Hunting is not fun for the innocent animals.

5:55PM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

He kills deer. Another reason not to vote for Romney!

10:07PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

I don't get hunting either. Have a brother-in-law who hunts with bow and arrow. If you read statistics, most animals are wounded and have to be tracked to kill them finally. It's testosterone-laden, but women who do this??? don't understand it (thank god)

9:29AM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

The last 4 posters that criticizing hunting, are endorsing hunting by revering meat eaters in their avatar. (LOL)

8:37PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

When is it "open season on hunter's"?

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