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The put up or shut up argument in Gun Control

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What is not being mentioned in the Main Stream Media is that hunters, many of whom use semi automatic rifles with high capacity magazines provide more food for the homeless than any other group of people. People in the United States living with food insecurity is growing and can be seen here at a; USDA site on Economic Research Service. America currently has a 15% poverty level which equates to 46.2 million Americans living in poverty. Since 2006 the poverty level rose from 12.3% to its current 15%.

Front page of the Houston Chronicle dated February 6, 2013 ran a headline, “Harris County has plan to bring home the bacon” The feral hog population in Texas is out of control and in an effort to reduce the population they plan to capture and process hogs to feed the homeless. In Texas tons of pork is donated to homeless shelters and organizations that feed the hungry. In Texas the wild hog population has exploded and the hogs have become a big problem in terms of property and land damage. As explained by one Texas hunter high capacity magazines or even fully automatic machine guns allow the killing of multiple hogs in a group as opposed to only one or possibly two.

Hunters have been quietly donating tons of meat to organizations that feed the hungry for an unspoken number of years. Groups like Hunters Harvest and Hunters for Hungry have been gathering meat donations from hunters via local processing plants. In one year 2011 -2012, 99 meat processors working with Hunters for Hungry provided 152,962 pounds of meat to agencies that feed the hungry. Groups like these are supplied large volumes of game meat from hunting members of organizations like the Safari Club International. A member of the Houston Safari Club reported that hunters in an effort to manage game populations need to cull the herds to insure the health of the animals. This creates harvesting in excess of what the hunters can eat. This led to the donating of meat by the tons to the hungry as in homeless shelters for example.

Many are calling for gun control based on their emotions but the facts weigh in on the side of gun owners. All the anti gun arguers combined don’t have a leg to stand on when it comes to what they do to help the less fortunate in comparison to gun owning hunters in this country. Gun owning hunters clearly let their actions and deeds speak for themselves instead of knee jerk emotions sparked by a tragedy that happen to involve a gun.

When the anti gun people do for the less fortunate as much as the gun owning hunters do then they may earn the right to be vocal and be seen as having a bit of validity in their arguments. There are hunters feeding the hungry organizations in nearly every state but there seems to be an absence of any anti gun groups that advocate for the hungry in every state. The righteous point always prevails in the end.

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