In Wisconsin, Babies Are Now Buying Hunting Licenses

On November 13, a law went into effect in Wisconsin permitting hunters of any age to carry a weapon while participating in a mentored hunt.

Yes, you read that right: any age.

Subsequently, 10 licenses have been sold to children under the age of 1, three licenses were sold to one-year-olds; four were sold to two-year-olds; three were sold to three-year-olds; and four were sold to four-year-olds.

This is insanity, but it is also dangerous and hypocritical. These toddlers have to be accompanied by a licensed hunter, but what are the chances that said hunter might just kill more wildlife using his child’s license?

Let’s be real here: one-year-olds can barely stand up or make eye contact, let alone hold a rifle and wield it with accuracy. Nor should they try.

The idea of toddlers with a deadly weapon is scary enough, but there’s another aspect to this: so far in 2017, nearly 700 children under the age of 11 have been killed or injured in firearms-related incidents.

In addition, a recent study published in Pediatricsrevealed that every year in the U.S. an average of 5,790 children are taken to the emergency room for gun-related injuries, and that about 21 percent of these are unintended.

Why would anyone want to give hunting licenses to toddlers?

The answer is most likely that Wisconsin’s Governor, Scott Walker, and his Republican buddies, are seeking to please part of their base: their pro-sporthunting, pro-gun rights supporters.

Over 11,000 activists have signed a Care2 petition demanding the immediate reversal of the law.

“It’s just crazy (the minimum age) would go below 10,” said Wisconsin Democratic Gary Hebl. “Absolute insanity that we’re talking about giving a kid a gun at any age so they experience the heritage of hunting. The most important factor is safety.”

Democratic Representative Katrina Shankland agreed: “To allow . a toddler, a two-year-old (to carry a gun), and I’m not being hyperbolic because someone will allow it, is dangerous,” she said. “Other hunters in the woods are not going to choose to get hurt by a child with a rifle.”

In response, Wisconsin Republicans suggested that parents should be the ones to make the decision as to when their kids are mature enough to handle a rifle.

Frighteningly, it turns out that at least 15 other states have no minimum age requirement, as long as the rifle-toting child is supervised by a licensed adult.

This is the law, even though every day in the U.S., 93 people die from gun violence.

As the Care2 petition states,

“If enough of us speak out, we can make a difference – especially if we make sure to let Governor Walker know that we’d rather spend our money in states that take gun safety, wildlife stewardship, and animal compassion seriously.”

Take Action!

If you agree, add your signature and demand an end to Wisconsin’s dangerous decision to eliminate the minimum hunting age.

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92 comments

Marie W
Marie W6 months ago

Thanks for sharing

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Jerome S
Jerome S11 months ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome S11 months ago

thanks

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Jerome S
Jerome S11 months ago

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven11 months ago

thanks for sharing

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Jim Ven
Jim Ven11 months ago

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joan silaco
joan silaco11 months ago

When are children allowed to make up their own mind as to whether or not they want to kill animals?

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no M
no Mabout a year ago

It's an obscenity for brainwash defenseless children to shoot guns. the private ownership firearms (already unconstitutional) should be immediately banned and criminalized, along with all hunting and fishing.

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Chad A
Chad Aabout a year ago

Signed.

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Nicole H
Nicole Heindryckxabout a year ago

I first signed the petition, because this is TOO important to me. If Walker can do what he wants, a father with 3 children can obtain 4 hunting permits.. This means he can quadruple the number of wildlife he will be killing. A couple of years, and Wisconsin will be without any wildlife at all. 2ndly, when a boy goes with his father to hunt, he will want to shoot himself as well. When this man's IQ is not higher than that of Walker, he will allow him. You have then an injured animal, bleeding to death and suffering for days and days, BUT there is a chance that he will injure an adult or another child... And that's not all. At a certain age, say as from 12/13 years, he will want to hunt himself. Just take his father's gun and his permit. Again probably he'll injure someone or an animal. And to conclude this story. When boys have a dispute at school NOW, they have a fight, and a blue eye, or a missing tooth and that's all. However,since he has more easily access to a gun, he will take it in his backpack, and his school friend risks to be severely wounded or shot dead... Because when these children have permits, fathers will learn them at a much younger age how to shoot !!!! Mind my words.

I don't know what Walker has in his head, but NOT good functioning brains !! TOTALLY IMPOSSIBLE. STOP THIS MANIAC BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE !!

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