NYT finds 'GunOwner' of their Collectivist Dreams: a New Female Hunter who's AGAINST Guns, FOR GunControl!Submitted by AnCapMercenary on Thu, 04/26/2012 - 14:22
Meet Lily Raff McCaulou, who looks like she just went and raided the Cabela's catalog and emptied out their hunting section just for this photo. Okay, that's not fair, as she's new to guns and hunting (6 years), and could just be a hypochondriacally meticulous and neurotic about keeping her gear clean shiny and new, even on hunts.
What is clear? She would like you to only have type of guns that SHE approves of, in the manner in which SHE approves of, only at the specific manner of HER choosing, and deludes gun control laws actually save lives and prevent crimes.
Behold, observe what happens when an entrenched L vs. R false paradigm subscribing left environmentalist decides to become a hunter, without first having a freedom philosophical catharsis, first:
Posted on April 25, 2012 by Robert Farago
I recently lauded The New York Times for publishing an article about guns that wasn’t anti-gun. I pointed out that the post was a proverbial black swan. And here’s proof: I Hunt, but the N.R.A. Isn’t for Me. Don’t get me wrong. The NRA and I have our differences. But this? This is odd. “I’m a hunter and a sportswoman. I own guns, but not for self-defense. I support gun control laws. I would happily vote to repeal the Stand Your Ground law in my home state of Oregon. In other words, the N.R.A. does not represent me.” Clearly. But wait! It gets better/worse . . .
Lily Raff McCaulou [photo above, blog here] wants to reclaim guns for . . . greens. And greens alone. If I’m reading this right, the author reckons shooting animals is OK because it puts the hunter in tune with nature. But NRA members aren’t OK because they don’t support politicians who support a ban on domestic drilling. Or something like that.
Original NYT OpEd:
By LILY RAFF McCAULOU
Published: April 24, 2012
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EARLIER this month, Mitt Romney delivered a speech at the annual National Rifle Association convention, calling for a president “who will stand up for the rights of hunters, sportsmen and those seeking to protect their homes and their families,” presumably with guns. I’d like to remind Mr. Romney that those are distinct groups. Too often — especially during an election year — hunters and N.R.A. members are lumped together as one and the same.
I’m a hunter and a sportswoman. I own guns, but not for self-defense. I support gun control laws. I would happily vote to repeal the Stand Your Ground law in my home state of Oregon. In other words, the N.R.A. does not represent me.
Among gun owners, I’m hardly alone. The N.R.A. has just over four million members. That sounds like a lot until you consider that about one in five American adults own one or more guns. That’s nearly 50 million people. That means roughly 90 percent of gun owners do not belong to the N.R.A.
Spoken like a true collectivist statist control freak, ie. NOT someone who understands that 2nd Amendment does NOT 'give us' right to own guns, but merely codifies into law the pre-existent UNalienable Natural Right of self-defense. Because, you know, our Founders who overthrew the shackles of the world's biggest tyrannical monarch of the day, deluded that we needed to have the right to KEEP and BEAR arms, for the sole task of 'blowing heads off Bambis' on weekends.
Who are they kidding? Just check out her own blog.
Whether she is or not, she certainly comes off like the poster child for the Brady GunGrabber/Victim Disarmament Campaign, who just got a new shotgun, so that she could make the public claim that 'Hey look! Look! Look at me! I'm a gun owner who's against the NRA, against Stand Your Ground Laws, against CCW/OpenCarry, hell against use of guns for self-defense in any capacity! Yes, we're out there! See, I'm pro-Brady! Not all gun owners are pro-Gun Rights!'
Many gunowners aren't pro-NRA. But, for all the RIGHT reasons; if one wants to really join or support an organization that NRA advertises to be, but really IS? Please Join the Gun Owners of America, or equivalent no compromise pro-gun advocate groups. To her credit, at least she did look a bit into the partial origins of the NRA.
Really notable statements from that article that pretty much define and sums up her lack of understanding of natural rights? Take a gander:
For hunters like me, hunting isn’t ultimately about the gun. It’s about wildlife and the land that sustains it. I decided to take up hunting about six years ago, two years after I moved from New York City to rural Oregon...I decided to learn to hunt because I wanted to read landscapes and understand their secrets, too. I wanted to learn more about where my food comes from. To hunt is to become fluent enough in an ecosystem not only to watch but also to participate in it.
To hunt, yes, we need guns. We also need wildlife. We need healthy habitat that is protected from development and pollution. We need land that is open and accessible to hunters.
If Americans’ hunting traditions are threatened, it isn’t because of bans on rifles and shotguns. The more likely culprit is the oil and gas drilling proposed in the San Juan Mountains of New Mexico...Or the devastating effects of global warming on migratory game birds like snow geese and sandhill cranes. Or the fact that thousands of acres of United States farmland — and deer habitat — are lost to sprawling development every day.
Proper advocacy for genuine conservation of the ecosystem and flora and fauna which sustain our very livelihood? Yes.
Commendable spiritual catharsis about what it means to hunt, be connected to the natural world and the ecosystem as a whole, ie. the 'zen' of it all? YES!
But Maurice Strong's NWO anthroprogenic Climate Change fraud & ENRON enacted Al Gore's Carbon Tax scheme to address it? NO.
All through it all, as so often people do, they really are clueless on what ALL this has to do with, in the aggregate: it's FREEDOM stupid!
It's not 'choices, decisions, and policies.' It's about you as a beautiful sovereign soul making voluntary decisions to engage, respect, trade, and exchange with others, and the environment in which you reside in. It's NOT about coercion, dictating to others to limit them to what YOUR idea of specific tasks in which others are doing!
One of these days, I know these entrenched statists are gonna suddenly wake up one morning and 'get' it! One of these days in like 2,000 more years! Just you wait!
So frankly, it shouldn't come as a surprise that NYT just 'happens' to release this, granted only an OpEd, still nevertheless, at the height of Zimmerman hoopla.
Speaking of which, Reuters, for the first time in its history actually did a REALLY fine investigative journalistic work and provided a more neutral, more factual reporting by giving George Zimmerman a fair shake:
So basically we're left with Lily, a WWF (World Wildlife Fund) supporting, pro-Carbon Tax, pro-UN Agenda 21 'hunter' who hypocritically only wants a gun so that she can more efficiently kill her next meal. But can careless about the 4 Ton Natural Rights Elephant in the living room?
I truly hope her quest to become more connected to the natural world allows her to re-examine her own political views as well. Hey, if learning to hunt, gut, quarter, prep game meat was new to her, shouldn't the philosophy and the reality of natural rights surrounding her activity to follow suit, as well?
Well, one would at least hope to think that one's personal catharsis, and self-enlightenment is a path, not a destination.
If that self-awareness and enlightenment process were a bit more holistic, BOTH political partisans would realize the same logic and reality applies equally. To wit:
To the entrenched L vs. R subscribing liberals:
If drug control laws don't prevent anyone from getting marijuana to the cocaine, or unfortunately as too often is the case, steal and even kill for it, what makes you think a criminal intent on doing harm, WON'T find a way to get 'illegal' guns to commit crimes with, just because you passed a feel-good, but utterly feckless, impractical, and dysfunctional 'gun control law'?
After all, you'd think it would be kinda obvious for any critical thinking person to figure that sure, junkies are impulsive, but would-be murderers are impulsive AND calculating, a far more dangerous combo; the 'prevention' of the latter yields a far more vicious outcome.
To the entrenched L vs. R subscribing RINOs/NeoCONS:
When I lived in NYC, I observed 1st hand verification of the aftermath of the oft anecdotal stories you heard: crackheads DO break into your car for a mere penny laying in your center console. And, sometimes even KILL you for it: had a friend whose friend were a victim of it.
Now, we indeed live in a reality where some would steal and kill literally for a penny, you gotta figure, whether one deludes in Govt fairytale official myth of 9/11 or not, even IF we were to go with the lunatic statists' BS childish jingoism of "they hate us for our freedoms," one would think it'd be far more logical to posit that if you're a RINO/neoCON gunowner in this country and accept the premise that gun control laws only prohibit law abiding individuals from lawfully defending themselves, WTF makes you think that the likes of Patriot Act or NDAA would prevent an 'irrational' "terrorist" who "hate you for your freedoms" AREN'T gonna figure out a way to get 'illegal' guns and bombs?
Seriously, are moronic 'laws' like 'Patriot' Act/NDAA really gonna stop someone who (for their reason: foreigners occupying them, for NeoCON's delusion: hate all those who love freedom and will kill any non-Muslims to establish a worldwide "Islamic Caliphate") are driven to blow themselves up, and figure out ways to get the ubiquitously-illegal-for-any Civilian-in-America-to-have: a Russian RPG7, are really gonna stop and go 'gee, was about to strap on that sui-vest, but guess won't because of that stupid American law called the Patriot Act & NDAA!!!' ???
Like shouldn't the 'irrational' drive for them to commit suicide bombings to make their point, show just how much more driven than even a crackhead junkie, they are??
If your family/friend/neighbor/stranger neoCON has a problem understanding the reality of their utterly bozo, moronic, failed foreign policy, I would ask that you take a page from our pop culture: show them the Harlem scene between Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis in Die Hard 3.
Ask them to watch John McClane character wearing a sign that reads "I hate N*ggers," standing in the middle of Harlem in Die Hard 3:
Die Hard With a Vengeance _ Harlem Scene: Part 2
Because that's the equivalency of what we're doing in the Central Asia/Middle East and frankly across the world, as per 1000 bases in 135+ nations: a white dude in a predominantly black neighborhood KNOWINGLY wearing a sign that invokes hatred and fear, for the precise purpose of invoking a violent response.
Should a rabbit be surprised if it knowingly hops into a Viper pit, and get bit, or swallowed for lunch?
Um, like duh??
It's like do these neoCONs honestly delude that a single narc cop is gonna be trolling a Crips or Bloods neighborhood starting fights with them, all the time, for no reason, because like in some video game he has infinite amount of ammo and 'health packs?' Like a murderous thug's suddenly gonna go 'oopsie, 9mm bursting out of my Tec9's magically NOT, not gonna like a cop, just because he dons polyester and shiny metal trinket on his chest all day, and like some light bending, go around missing him!'
Common sense should tell them: 'Why create more enemies every time you walk, or wherever and whenever you walk, for absolutely no reason, unnecessarily?' What La La Land do they live in where they believe their resources are so infinite that they can incite/provoke everyone and anyone and take on 10's of nations all at once when they can barely 'win' even ONE, just one UnConstitutional war?
Seriously. Gotta ask, got cognitive dissonance much?
We live in a world where someone who is driven to fulfill a high, would rob and/or kill you for a mere penny, yet the same people on two separate political partisan divide STILL delude equally, moronically, that drug laws and gun control laws BOTH 'work!'
LOL Don't they 'ge't that with such lack of logic, they lack any and all intellectual consistency and moral high ground on those issues?
Here's her new book description at Amazon.
Publication Date: June 12, 2012
When Lily Raff McCaulou traded in an indie film production career in New York for a reporting job in central Oregon, she never imagined that she'd find herself picking up a gun and learning to hunt. She'd been raised as a gun-fearing environmentalist and an animal lover, and though a meat-eater, she'd always abided by the principle that harming animals is wrong. But Raff McCaulou's perspective shifted when she began spending weekends fly-fishing and weekdays interviewing hunters for her articles, realizing that many of them were more thoughtful about animals and the environment than she was.
So she embarked upon the project of learning to hunt from square one. From attending a Hunter Safety course designed for children to field dressing an elk and serving it for dinner, she explores the sport of hunting and all it entails, and tackles the big questions surrounding one of the most misunderstood American practices and pastimes. Not just a personal memoir, this book also explores the role of the hunter in the twenty-first century, the tension (at times artificial) between hunters and environmentalists, and new models of sustainable and ethical food procurement.
PS 2. But there's one former New York City female who 'get's it.
Meet Georgia Pellegrini.
My kind of woman: she went from paper shuffling at Lehman Bros, disillusioned, before their bankruptcy, to pursue her lingering original love for epicurean nurturing, left for a new career as a classically trained French Chef, then onto a spiritual catharsis, in becoming a hunter who voluntarily wants to accept what she calls "full karmic price" for wanting to elegantly prepare and cook what she kills, from nose to tail!
Now, if a former NYC dweller had a real personal catharsis that took her into a completely unexpected life direction, to her surprised delight? Georgia's journey is what it WOULD actually look like.
Note the stark contrast between Georgia and Lily. Both similar NYC metro upbringing, both attended small elite NE liberal arts schools, had high cachet jobs in NYC post-graduation; though clearly Georgia was more 'financially successful.'
Yet, contrary to popular conception, it is Georgia who truly 'get' the growing class divide, that hunting depending on where, can either be a 'workingman accessible' to 'workingman impossible,' where what used to be a necessary sustenance activity in days of yore, has turned inaccessibly expensive for some, yet the need for healthy field-to-table sustenance never changed since our primitive days.
Georgia went from Lehman Bros to shoveling manure, voluntarily, understood what it means to pursue an authentic living, yet how is that connection to a full full life cycle of nature, what she calls 'karmic price,' NOT understood by Lily?
Even in diction alone, Georgia's words are full of 'freedom/liberation' words, where as Lily's is all about what to do, what not to do, what you should do/should not do.
Odd that authoritarian impulses often reside within the economic middle class progeny, far more than someone like Georgia who's experienced 1st hand, the full economic range of life.
Well, here' Georgia's new book, pleas check it out!
And, oh the recipes!!! http://georgiapellegrini.com/topics/recipes/
"I am an omnivore who's solved her dilemma!"
Trailer for the new book, Girl Hunter, (http://amzn.to/u0Rz5J) by acclaimed author and chef Georgia Pellegrini.
The full title is, "Girl Hunter: Revolutionizing the way we eat, one hunt at a time," and The Pioneer Woman calls it "A timeless culinary classic," Steve Rinella says "Her examination of food, hunting, and personal history reveals a lifestyle that is stylish, contemporary, exciting, and on the cutting edge of American culture."
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