13, 2012 by
Exposing the Big Game
Not one to miss an opportunity to weigh in
whenever his favorite hobby--killing animals--is mentioned in the news,
terrible Ted Nugent made this statement to Newsmax about Paul Ryan
yesterday: "He's an addicted bowhunter -- just what America needs in
Funny, that's just the opposite of what I was about to
say. The last thing any country needs is someone in a leadership position
whose pastime is the "primal pursuit of game with a self-limiting weapon,"
as Nugent put it. Anyone whose idea of entertainment is impaling animals
with arrows has some serious issues.
While testing one's skill at archery
against a backdrop of straw bales can be meditative and rewarding, using an
animal as your living target is nothing short of sadism. Bowhunters cripple
just as many animals as they kill outright and victims who escape with an
arrow stuck in them are bound to die a slow death from infection.
is one of the most vicious and inaccurate ways to kill an animal," according
to a petition seeking to
Abolish Bowhunting and end the brutality!!! Glenn Helgeland unwittingly
backs this up, telling his "Fins and Feathers" readers: "The rule of thumb
has long been that we should wait 30 to 45 minutes on heart and lung hits,
an hour or more on a suspected liver hit, eight to 12 hours on paunch hits,
and that we should follow up immediately on hindquarter and other muscle
hits, 'to keep the wound open and bleeding'."
Neither Ryan nor Nugent
are impoverished (at least monetarily), so any claims they might make of
needing to hunt for the sake of sustenance border on the absurd. Instead,
their acts are inspired purely by selfishness (a "virtue" according to
Ryan's idol, Ayn Rand).
Compassion, humaneness and altruism are the
kind of characteristics we should expect from this country's leaders, not
cruelty, violence and selfishness.