Just a Reminder
I often hear that conservatives blow things out of proportion when the fantsize about the “slippery slope” arguments. You know, if we allow the concept of marriage to be extended to gays then we’ll be eventually allowing bigamy and marrying donkeys… etc. If we were only like those even-headed liberals, we’d see that progress is good for America, yadda, yadda…
Let’s remember that everyone occasionally gets their shorts in a wad:
Legislation that would guarantee hunting and fishing rights on some federal land has provoked outrage among conservationists, who believe the proposal could eventually open places like Yosemite National Park and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to gun-toting mobs in camouflage.
The essence of the House bill (which has passed, it’s in the Senate now) is that lands are considered opened unless specifically closed. That’s effectively the story on private land today, though clearly there are nuances for property rights. The measured response:
“I think they ought to call it the open season on national parks act,” said Craig Obey, the senior vice president of government affairs for the National Parks Conservation Association, a nonprofit group established in 1919 to look out for the interests of national parks. “This would be the most fundamentally damaging statutory change to the national parks in memory.”
“There could be hunting dogs on the National Mall or in the wilderness of a national park. People could hunt ravens at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site,” Obey said. “It’s ridiculous, and nobody would ever propose that, but that’s the kind of door that would be left open.”
I didn’t necessarily write this to defend hunting rights (I don’t hunt, though I’m open to starting based on how food prices rise). I didn’t necessarily write it to pick on liberals, either, since I respect their ability to have an argument. I mostly just want to point out that everyone takes sides, and sets a strategy to defend it. I welcome arguments, as long as mine are respected. Too bad that’s not always the case.