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Vegetarian fascists stalk the forest.

The woods are always full of nuts in the autumn, but there appears to be a bumper crop of the two-legged kind this fall. Some of the more fanatical animal rights groups are urging their members to sneak out and s stock during hunting season.

These people - who could perhaps best be described as vegetarian fascists - see the random shooting of livestock as a way to hit two of their enemies at the same time: livestock farmers and hunters.

Nobody will think anything of hearing shots fired during hunting season. Livestock farmers will suffer financially, and careless hunters will be blamed.

How serious is this threat? It's serious enough that some Western sheriffs have warned ranchers to be on guard.

The leader of one anti-hunting group was busy outlining his more lawful strategy to the national media. Luke Dommer, the founder of the Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting (CASH), said his organization will first target states with large populations, like New York, because those with the large cities have far fewer hunters.

But he said that as the national sentiment against sport hunting grows, even states such as Idaho will be caught up by the snowballing effect.

We want to end recreational killing and the management of game for recreational killing," Domraer exclaimed.

Yet, at the same time Dommer was making his sweeping predictions, a nationwide Gallup Survey commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) showed 89% of Americans surveyed disagreed with the positions and activities of animal rights groups.

The survey found 77% of respondents opposed efforts by the animal rights activists to ban all forms of hunting.

When asked for their opinion of the animal rights groups' strategy of entering the woods during hunting season to harass hunters and disrupt hunts, 90% of the people said they opposed such activity.

Robert Delfay, executive director of the NSSF, explained, We commissioned the study because of our serious concern over the hunter harassment activities of these groups. Some of these people would follow hunters into the woods with blaring radios and early on in such a way that a hunter had little choice but to leave the woods and go home.

"We were bothered by this ironic abuse of human rights in the name of animal rights and wanted to see if the American public shared our concern."

Obviously, they do.

And I don't think the folks at J.C. Penney Co. Inc. would disagree with that statement. Penney's, one of the nation's largest retailers, has agreed to remove a fine of clothing containing an anti-hunting me sage after receiving a barrage of protests from sportsmen around the country.

The company had acquired an Environmental Protection Department' line of boys clothing from the H. Coder CO., a New York firm. Tags on the clothing revealed they were made m Hong Kong.

Attached to each shirt was a card showing a sketch of a bird hunter aiming a shotgun over which a large X" had been marked. Under that were the words:

Absolutely No Hunting of Wild and Free Animals While Wearing This Garment."

A similar message was stitched into an inside panel of the garment.

The pants contained a larger card stating, "Wild life protected by man surround the world with pure thoughts."

Also causing quite a controversy this fall is an advertisement by Handgun Control, Inc. (HCI) that urged passage of HR-4225 and appeared in The Washington Times, The Washington Post and the New York Times.

A picture of a hooded member of the Ku Klux Klan is accompanied by headlines declaring, "Why is the NRA allowing him easy access to assault weapons? Why NRA?"

Pro-gunners around the nation were outraged by the ad - including two Democratic congressmen, Missouri's Harold Volkmer of Volkmer-McClure fame and Mike Espy, an outspoken black sportsman from Mississippi.

Volkmer and Espy sent a letter to their colleagues pointing out that . ..... the ad does not begin to debate the merits of this bill.

"Instead, it insinuates that the NRA supports the Ku Klux Klan and other hate groups - an attack which is totally untrue, blatantly unfair and absolutely unnecessary in a debate that should not be about race baiting - but about the fundamental rights of all Americans.

"We oppose HR-4225 because by banning certain semiautomatic weapons, it purports to find some difference between good guns and bad guns when this debate should be about good guys and bad guys."

"The ad certainly stirred up our members," commented Jim Baker, director of the Federal Affairs Division of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Ac asked him about it. "We received numerous letters from irate members."

Fortunately, two of them were Reps. Volkmer and Espy.

By pure accident, I came across another advertisement involving HCI that appeared in the August issue of Direct The Magazine for Direct Marketing Management. The ad was by Names in the News/California and its purpose was to sell the names of donors to HCI for other groups seeking contributions.

Think about what these names can mean for your cause," declared the ad. "They are names that produce results, names that react .... The list ... contains 1 229,806 donors at $65/M and 30,000 activists at 50/M."

Anybody for a list of anti-gunners?

Some of the other stories affecting gunowners and dealers this fall are as follows:

- Pro-gun groups rejected claims by the anti-gun Center to Prevent Handgun Violence that Supreme Court nominee David H. Souter had supported the militia only" interpretation of the Second Amendment in a brief filed when he was a state attorney general.

In fact, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) put out a fundraiser supporting Souter's nomination. And the NRA's Baker stated, "Everything we have been able to learn indicates that Souter looks at the Constitution from an historical perspective."

Why did the Center make the claims One theory is that it was attempting to stampede pro-gun groups into opposing Souter and thus drive a wedge between them and the Bush Administration, which seems to have backed away from thoughts of gun control.

- The brutal slayings of five college Gainesville, FL, caused students in firearms sales to jump 500% in the area, according to one estimate. Some parents pulled their children out of school, while others brought or bought them firearms.

Marion Hammer, the fiery executive director of Unified Sportsmen of Florida (USF), told me that at first the anti-gun local media editorialized against the students arming themselves but soon dropped the issue.

"I think they simply caught too much heat from parents worried about their children," she said. "Gun control is not very popular when it's leaving your children defenseless."

- Speaking from a wheelchair, Jacqui Miller - a victim of the shooting at a Louisville, KY, printing plant last fall electrified hundreds of pro-gunners at a rally in Dayton, OH, when she denounced gun control and defended the right of citizens to own guns for self-defense.

"We need more prisons and need to make psychologists responsible for their patients," she said.

Later she added, "If I wanted to live in China or Lithuania, I would move there."

Instead, she intends to support pro-gun causes in this country.
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