"Knowing of a crime being committed or about to be committed and not doing anything to stop it makes you as guilty as the direct perps."
NO. It does not. A man can only be judged by his OWN actions, not by the actions of another. Nor am I my brother's keeper. Nor do I want to live in a society where reporting on your neighbor is the required norm.
What's next? Children required to report on their parents? (how many guns in the house? How does Daddy store them? How much ammo does your daddy have?) Doctors are already prying into our lives by asking children these things. And the results are recorded.
Woodsie, if you hit a deer here (Ohio) with your car during deer season, and possessed a valid deer tag (which you paid for) you would be REQUIRED to use that permit to claim that deer.(weather you want what is left, or not) You were not hunting. You did not choose that deer. You will need to pay to fix your car. And NO NON-HUNTER is required to tag a deer at an accident. If you neglected to mention you had a permit, you would not need to tag that deer, but you would have broken a stupid, discriminating law. By your logic, I would be a poacher if I failed to turn you in for remaining silent. I reject this line of reasoning. I am responsible for what I do, and for what my minor children do, and no one else.
And lastly, blanket statements about any group of people, all have one thing in common. They are always wrong. People, like deer, have their own personalities, their own ideals, their own morals. their own needs. And if you look close, and watch what they do, you can usually tell them apart from the rest of the herd. Some of them will be leaders, others will be followers, and most just want to be left alone.
The only real difference between a good tracker and a bad tracker is observation. All the same data is present for both. The rest is understanding what you are seeing.