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Hunters’ homegrown firepower

Published 2:12pm Friday, February 3, 2012

by Bob Rudzik

Since I am going to be resigning as The Tidewater News’ outdoor columnist, I thought everyone could understand and agree with me about the following true story. It is copied and the author is unknown to me.

Here’s an interesting sidebar.

After the Japanese decimated the fleet in Pearl Harbor on Dec 7, 1941, they could have sent their troop ships and carriers to California to finish what they started. The prediction from our Chief of Staff was we would not be able to stop a massive invasion until they reached the Mississippi River. Remember, we had two million military members and warships in other localities, so why did they not invade?

After the war, the remaining Japanese generals and admirals were asked that question. Their answer … they knew that almost every home had guns, and the Americans knew how to use them.

The world’s largest army … America’s hunters!

A blogger added up the deer license sales in just a handful of states and arrived at a striking conclusion. There were more than 600,000 hunters this season in Wisconsin. Over the last several months, Wisconsin’s hunters became the eighth largest army in the world — more men under arms than in Iran, more than in France and Germany combined.

These men deployed to the woods of a single American state to hunt with firearms, and no one was killed.

That number pales in comparison to the 750,000 who hunted the woods of Pennsylvania and Michigan’s 700,000 hunters, all of whom have now returned home.

Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia and it literally establishes the fact that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.

The number of hunters in Texas would be the largest standing army in the world.

The point?

America will forever be safe from foreign invasion with that kind of homegrown firepower.

Hunting — it’s not just a way to fill the freezer. It’s a matter of national security.

That’s why all enemies — foreign and domestic — want to see us disarmed.

Food for thought when next we consider gun control.

BOB RUDZIK is a Newsoms resident. He can be reached at outdoors@tidewaternews.com.

  • BRUCET172

    BOB,I DON’T AGREE WITH ALOT OF YOUR EDITORIALS,BECAUSE I AM, SOUTHAMPTON BORN AND RAISED.I USED TO BE A AVID HUNTER,UNTIL POLITICS,AND MORE PEOPLE MOVED IN TO SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY FROM THE CITIES, THAT DID NOT KNOW OUR TRADITION OF HUNTING. BOB, WITH ALL THAT SAID, YOU ARE 100 PERCENT RIGHT ON THIS EDITORIAL.THE UNITED STATES PEOPLE ARE THE MOST HIGHLY TRAINED INDIVIDIALS WITH WEAPONS IN YHE WORLD,AND ALL OF IT COMES FROM COMMON SENSE AND LOVE OF OUR COUNTRY,FAMILY, AND HERITAGE.I COMMEND YOU ON THIS EDITORIAL,WHEN THE UNITED STATES PEOPLE STICK TOGETHER WE ARE THE GREATEST NATION EVER!

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  • FromHere

    zuni1, and all that over a stupid hunting law? You all need to get a life.

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    • zuni1

      I do have a very active life, thank you.

      I also have the willingness to stand up and speak out and, yes, fight for what I believe is right. Frederick Douglass once wrote “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.”

      I choose to not quietly submit to what I believe are violations of the law by potions of our municipal code.

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  • zuni1

    I was saddened to hear that you were leaving the TN. Your articles were a breath of fresh air. It is a shame that some people in this county can’t see the forest for the trees. I hope you and your family have a lot of fun this year hunting with a great group of people that you have found. Not everyone in this county is unkind to newcomers.

    You know, the county lost one law suit last year. Maybe we need to file a couple more lawsuits: one challenging the restriction on the muzzleloading season and a second on the constitutionality of a county ordinance that lists hunt clubs as organizations exempt form the ordinance. Discriminates against other organizations, doesn’t it? Maybe the ACLU would like a crack at that one. Hmmm…..

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  • sgeary

    As usual there are a few true rednecks here who don’t even see the coorelation between WW2 and the second ammendment. They are blind to see the assualt on on 2nd ammendment rights each and everyday. The are so tunneled visioned with hunting rights they can’t recognize that their beloved instution will one day be done away with right from under thier ignorant noses. I have enjoyed your stories and comments. I may not have always agreed with them but then that is what makes this country great. It just seems a lot of people in southampton county like to ridicule and resort to name calling when thier meager intelligence is challanged or they can’t see both sides of an argument. So I thank you for raising the level of looking at issues. And remember as the good book says if they hate you remember they hated me first!!

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  • JasonS

    Thank you Bob most people do not really understand the real reason for the 2nd ammendment.Hope we can defend the homeland with buckshot.Its sad that you are resigning because of a few simpletons. Good luck to you.

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  • SlimPickens

    Thank You Mr. Rudzik for your stories and editorials. While you cannot please everybody all the time, I for one did enjoy your articles. Everyone has their own opinion and yes we will all agree to disagree at times but as I grow older try to see everybody’s arguement and understand why they feel like they do. I have come to the conclusion that 99% of the commenters here are simply trying to stir the pot, the 1% that forms educated opinions are what keeps me reading. If people would read the article, read the useful comments and do a little research about the topic before posting their ‘rants’ perhaps the TN would still have their Outdoor Editor. Thanks for the time you spent with the Tidewater News. I enjoyed your brief stay. Good Luck in your next adventure

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  • hoseman

    The Japanese Commander-in-Chief Yamamoto said he would not consider invading the mainland U.S. because “there would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.” Thanks for the article.

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  • FromHere

    what happened to simplifyingit’s comment? It was not as bad as Pooky’s. Go figure.

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    • simplifyingit

      like everyone else when i make a post thats so simple and true that they don’t have a reply, i get ignored and deleted.

      Well, nobody will remember him in a week. And his “hidden jab” here…..it’ll just serve as “filler” for gift wrapping use to the big bad HUNT CLUBS!!! LOL

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  • pooky

    Good Riddance Now that you’re leaving I can resume my subscription to The Tidewater News. The only thing your articles where good for was wrapping fish or Fifi peeing on them.

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  • Liberty With Responsibility

    Don’t know what these guys are talking about—-good article on why we need to protect out Second Amendment (“2A”) rights! Thanks for printing it!

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  • FromHere

    Huh? So we can shoot down an enemy helicopter with our hunting guns and license? However, I DO see an underlying implication with the choice of this story.

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