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The gun nuts in Virginia’s General Assembly are at it again. In addition to repealing how many guns you can buy in a month, they want to make it legal to hunt on Sundays, if the owner of the private property agrees. Ya know what? I agree with that. It’s your property. If hunting is legal, it’s in season, then why should you be denied a day?
Opponents say they want a day where they don’t have to worry about getting shot or hearing noises. Well ya know, stay out of the woods. And if it’s your property, then don’t allow anyone to hunt there, or pick days they can and can’t.
My editor said it doesn’t matter if it’s private property, people will still disobey the law so we need to keep the ban on Sundays. Uh, if they’re not going to obey private property laws then what’s going to make them obey the no hunting on Sunday law?
I’m not a gun fan. I believe in gun control. But I also believe in hunting. Yeah, it might be cruel but I think it’s important. I’m from the South and it’s pretty much a right of passage. My dearly departed Uncle Rock took me to his hunting camp over a weekend and taught me the rules handling a gun and hunting. He was a great teacher. He taught me everything from shooting to loading, to handing someone else a gun to even walking with a gun. I cherish those memories since he’s gone now. I didn’t have a dad and he didn’t have a son (though he also taught his daughters to hunt). I think other families should have the same rights to the experiences I had, and if it’s on a Sunday then do it on a Sunday. Hunting also helps control the deer population which can be pretty intense in some areas. We have deer in the city so trust me, we’re not going to run out of deer.
Here’s the way I originally drew the antlers and I just didn’t like it. Covering it up took a TON of white-out.
Here’s the rough.