Shotgun is sufficient for this hunter

Published 10:20 am Wednesday, February 29, 2012

To the Editor:

You recently printed a column (“Public opinion a tough thing to sway,” Feb. 22) by an advocate of muzzleloader hunting.

I am a gun owner, but contrary to his assumption, am not a member of the National Rifle Association. If he owns a muzzleloader and wants to hunt with it, I’d suggest he go to a neighboring county where it is legal.

If it means that much to him, perhaps he should consider moving to one of those counties.

I have hunted deer in Southampton County for about 65 years (although I wasn’t allowed to hold the gun for the first several of those years), and a shotgun is sufficient for me.

Muzzleloaders, rifles and slug guns are dangerous in our flat terrain. The projectiles carry too far.

I hunt with a hunt club and don’t want to hunt on Sundays. I don’t want to repeal the Second Amendment, but I’d have no trouble with legislation limiting or eliminating the sale and ownership and use of pistols.

They are not hunting weapons; their primary function is to shoot people.

I’m glad the police have them, but I don’t think it’s a good idea for individuals to have them.

When was the last time somebody robbed a bank or 7-Eleven with a shotgun or rifle? Pistols are the weapons of choice of criminals.


Holt Livesay