Pro-Gun Punditry: Wednesday's Buckeye State Roundabout

By Chris Chumita

There are more stories pertaining to our gun rights in Ohio then we can possibly draw attention to with individual daily commentary. But they are worthy of mention.

What follows is our review of headlines from around the state though a pro-gun rights lens.
From 33-point buck to Libertarian candidate Bill Pierce getting dissed at the University of Cincinnati, these articles should be a part of your required reading!
Click on the "Read More..." link below for several days of headlines accompanied by short, concise pro-gun analysis.

10/6/06: Adams County, Ohio: Adams County Man Bags Massive, 33-Point Buck

From the article:

    Ohio will only boost its reputation as one of the top five go-to states for record-book white-tailed deer as news circulates about the mammoth buck taken on opening day of the state's four-month archery hunting season.

    A massive-beamed, 33-point nontypical buck was arrowed last Saturday by Amish hunter Jonathon Schmucker of Seaman, in Adams County on the Ohio River. Schmucker, who used a crossbow, declined a photograph of himself with the deer because of custom.

    The Ohio Division of Wildlife, which confirmed the buck, said the antlers had an inside spread of 24 inches. Tim Schlater, a Wildlife District 5 wildlife officer field supervisor, jokingly told Dennis Malloy, Jr., Ohio field director for Whitetails Unlimited, that it was "just another southwest Ohio buck."

Congratulations to Mr. Schmucker. That was definitely a buck of a lifetime.

10/6/06: Ohio: Apprentice Licenses Soar Among Youth

From the article:

    Sales of the new apprentice hunting license have soared over the past month. There have been 2,134 of the special licenses sold to new hunters since the licenses became available last spring, and 1,784 purchased since Aug. 23. The majority have been bought by youth hunters.

This is great news! The apprentice licenses was meant to help introduce new people to humting, and it is clearly working!

10/5/06: Lyndhurst, Ohio: Cleveland Suburb Approves Hunting Of Nuisance Animals

From the article:

    A measure approved on a six-to-one vote earlier this week allows hunting and trapping on private and public property covering ten or more acres. City officials say that basically means the Cleveland Clinic, a shopping center and two country clubs.

This is a great first step. However, we would like to see it extended to landowners of smaller properties as well.

10/5/06: University of Cincinnati, Ohio: Third Party Supporters Segregated, Strickland Supporters Absent At Cincinnati Gubernatorial Debate

From the article:

    "This debate isn't open to the public," said Mark Noble, Pierce's running mate. "These guys don't want to debate us, so essentially we're calling them chickens."

    Pierce's campaign supporters, about a dozen people in all, stood next to Blackwell's team outside the theater, but police quickly asked them to move. Campus security said all third party demonstrators were required to be at the top of a hill about an additional thousand feet farther from where Blackwell's supporters were standing.

Third party candidates do not get treated fairly when it comes to elections. This leads to a question, why are the two major parties so afraid of third party candidates? The Ohio vioters would benefit from seeing a debate between all four candidates.

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