"Hunting is a privilege, not a right"
That's a statement I read in another thread some have dubbed a pointless conversation.
If we can't understand the basic difference between rights and privileges, they're right, the rest becomes extremely pointless. The accepted dependency we continuously encounter today s saddening. Not only for hunters, but for free people.
I'll re post a piece I'm sure I've posted here before.
"The second amendment is about the "SECURITY" of a "FREE" state.This secure free state they were addressing was spoken of by one Thomas Jefferson in his penning of the words "...the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" in the Declaration of Independence.They were addressing the right of the people to repel invasions.They were talking about the right of the people to repel domestic tyranny from the politician in the capitol to the thug at the ATM.They were addressing the right to LIVE.
How have the last 3 or 4 generations allowed the taking of game to generate into the permit system of game management when in reality we're talking about the right to sustain life, a natural extension in the embodiment of a concept of a FREE STATE, secured via the means of an inalienable right to bear arms for remaining FREE? How many of you would pay for a license to buy food at WalMart? Why is the game in the field any different? It's clear that even the hunting community who is so passionate about hunting has somehow grown up thinking that the right to sustain life, isn't an inalienable right. If you can't find a right to live in the words of the second amendment, then the right to live doesn't exists for anybody at any age, never mind the right to sustain life through consuming FOOD?
The willingness to accept such limitations of the second amendment is why we are comfortable with the infringement of it over the last 100 years. Once you accept a fee for participation, it's not a right. It's a privilege. Thus, your inalienable right is subjugated to the approval of your fellow man and any limitations they may come up with. You are "alienated" from the right by a self imposed, willful infringement upon a God given "inalienable" right to life, defense of life and sustainment of life through the gathering of game for your table.
But let me step aside and quote from somebody whose spent much more time researching the 2nd than I have.
From the 2000 book: "The Second Amendment, Preserving the Inalienable Right of Individual Self-Protection" by David Barton: Page 14:
Although much less emphasized during the framing of the Second Amendment, gun activities related to hunting were also covered under the protection of that Amendment since it was also considered to be a natural, God-given right for each individual to be able to provide food for his table through what Pennsylvania in 1787 described as "killing game."
A report from the 1787 Pennsylvania Convention to ratify the U.S. Constitution included protection "for killing game" as part of their suggestion for the original wording of the Second Amendment. (See The Address and Reasons of Dissent of the Minority of the Convention of Pennsylvania to the Constituents (Boston: Powers, 1787),p.6, Art. 7; see also The Pennsylvania Packet, and Daily Advertiser, December 18, 1787) and this language is subsequently found in current State constitutions, including Delaware, Nebraska, Nevada, art 1, New Mexico, art II, North Dakota, art 1, West Virginia, art III, Wisconsin, art 1, etc...
Can there be a right to armed defense of persons and country if there's no right to sustain life through gathering the sustenance necessary to do so?
Imagine purchasing a permit to buy groceries at the local Krogers or WalMart but we don't have any issues with seeking a permit to kill and process meat from the wild?"
"Each of us has a natural right — from God — to defend his person, his liberty, and his property. These are the three basic requirements of life, and the preservation of any one of them is completely dependent upon the preservation of the other two.
But life cannot maintain itself alone. The Creator of life has entrusted us with the responsibility of preserving, developing, and perfecting it. In order that we may accomplish this, He has provided us with a collection of marvelous faculties. And He has put us in the midst of a variety of natural resources. By the application of our faculties to these natural resources we convert them into products, and use them. This process is necessary in order that life may run its appointed course.
Life, faculties, production — in other words, individuality, liberty, property — this is man. And in spite of the cunning of artful political leaders, these three gifts from God precede all human legislation, and are superior to it. Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place. " - Frederic Bastiat, 1850
Live to Hunt, Hunt to Live.