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I hunt.  Much of the meat that my family eats during the year comes from local wild game and I derive great satisfaction from the experience of hunting and the ability to feed my family locally sourced, organic, environmentally friendly game that I procure, butcher, and prepare myself.  In addition, my son and I enjoy shooting clay pigeons at our local shooting range.  My friends and co-workers are mostly hunters as well and in my community, wild game is little more remarkable than food from the grocery or the local farmer's market.  I have had extensive formal training in gun safety and rifle marksmanship.  My guns are locked in a safe when not in use.  I should be the archetype of an NRA supporter.  But...

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I am a dad.  I am the husband of an elementary school teacher who works too hard and commits too fully to her students (it's a trait that good teachers share).  And I am saddened to my core by the shootings in Connecticut.  I cannot even imagine the pain that those poor families are feeling and I will pray for peace for them tonight.

I have never joined the NRA.  I have been invited many times but I was initially turned off by their absolutist position on gun regulation and I was later repelled by their politics and by the way that they try to conflate the good that is accomplished for conservation by hunting with their interpretation of the 2nd amendment.  I hope today is the beginning of the end for their influence in our country.

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Thanks for your very personal but sound reasoning ... by Alan MacDonald on Sunday, Dec 16, 2012 at 9:22:25 PM
Any excuse to take guns away in Connecticut and mo... by Steven G. Erickson on Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 12:30:27 AM
THIS is the best thing I have heard out of another... by Cheri Roberts on Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 3:50:22 AM
I liked your article because it shows your humanit... by Tony Orlando on Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 8:09:12 AM
So in modern times (and I use this term to only po... by Tony Orlando on Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 8:10:41 AM
Imagine a place without guns. We would have to wor... by Tony Orlando on Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 8:33:18 AM
I think the people in prision are all red flags fo... by Tony Orlando on Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 8:34:49 AM
was the killing of 400 birds  by Cheney and&n... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 9:12:05 AM
A grossly unnecessary personal indulgence, and, to... by Joel L Hudgins on Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 3:55:18 PM
so that's what we had  for Vice-President for... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 at 7:00:07 AM
First let me thank you for your compassion for the... by Glenn Kirk on Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 4:00:42 PM
I really thank you for your calm and thoughtful wo... by Stefan Thiesen on Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 4:14:17 PM
Oldjackpine cites European experience allowing hun... by Daniel Vasey on Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 4:16:21 PM
hide your children!... by John Bessa on Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 5:41:04 PM
"Lets raise the penalties for crimes committed whi... by Michael Rose on Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 5:43:04 PM
The gun-walking scheme called the Fast and Furious... by Deborah Dills on Monday, Dec 17, 2012 at 10:05:23 PM
Simply put, we should allow CCW holders to carry e... by sbaker on Tuesday, Dec 18, 2012 at 8:49:07 AM