Gun positive coverage in the Washington Post. It must be April Fools Day. Nope, but it is a gun positive story. Getting women and children involved in the positive use of guns makes a difference in the media perception of firearms. Getting a third grade girl involved makes a big difference:
Girl, 8, Credited With Year’s 1st Bear Kill
2 Rounds Did In the 211-Pound Animal, Third-Grader From Western Md. Says
By Nelson Hernandez
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 25, 2005; Page B03
MOUNT NEBO, Md., Oct. 24 — There’s a new hunting legend in the mountains of Western Maryland.
Born to the woods, she’s 4 1/2 feet tall and 8 years old, with a shock of light brown hair and a steady trigger finger that put two bullets into a black bear’s chest cavity Monday, according to her and her father and granduncle, who were hunting with her. State officials backed the claim by Sierra Stiles and credited her with the first kill of Maryland’s second bear season since hunting the animals resumed after a half-century ban.
Sierra Stiles,8, put two bullets into a black bear’s chest cavity Monday in Western Maryland, according to her and her father and granduncle, who were hunting with her.
Of course there were people complaining about it:
The Humane Society of the United States, which has urged Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) to ban bear hunts, expressed concern Monday over the age of the hunter and noted that the first bear killed last year was a young bear.
“Governor Ehrlich is personally responsible for exposing young children and young bears to this cruelty,” read the news release.
But even that is a good thing. It exposes them to even more ridicule.