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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Sunday, October 10, 2004

Seth Jackson Letter 10/10/04

SPORTSMEN'S RIGHTS:NRA ad distorts Kerry's position

On Sept. 22 the NRA ran an ad in the McDonald County newspapers stating thatJohn Kerry (a sportsman and avid hunter himself) opposes sportsmen's rights.They stated that, "It is no wonder John Kerry has been called a 'hero' bythe Humane Society of the United States, an extremist group that wants tooutlaw hunting in America."On their Web site the Humane Society of the U.S. states the followingregarding bear hunting: "Any responsible hunter, no matter the method ofhunting he chooses, should hold fire until he has a clean shot at a bear andcan kill the bear." Clearly the organization does not advocate a ban onhunting.The NRA ad continues that Kerry voted for an amendment "to outlaw mostammunition used by deer hunters."However, the amendment (SA 2619) only would have banned such ammunition (forcenterfire rifles) if it had been "designed or marketed as having armorpiercing capability." Now, does anyone know a deer that wears a bulletproofvest?It is possible to be concerned about sportsmen's rights and the truth concurrently.

Seth Jackson, Joplin

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