Pro-Gun Punditry: Wednesday's Buckeye State Roundabout

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 weekly review of headlines from around the state though a pro-gun rights lens.

From 4-H Shooting Sports fund raisers to Liberal Gun-Haters on campus, these articles should be a part of your required reading!

Click on the "Read More..." link below for seven days of headlines accompanied by short, concise pro-gun analysis.

Wednesday, Merietta - Applebee’s to host benefit breakfast

    The Marietta Applebee’s restaurant is hosting a benefit pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 10 a.m., April 8. All proceeds will benefit the Washington County 4-H Shooting Sports Program. More than 60 youth are annually involved in shooting sports disciplines such as rifle, pistol, archery, shotgun, muzzle loader and hunting.

This is a great way to help ensure the future of the shooting and hunting sports for our youth. Have a great breakfast and make a difference to these young sportsmen

Wednesday, Dayton - Elderly Man Robbed At Gunpoint

    Deputies said an elderly man was robbed at gunpoint in his own driveway in Dayton. Investigators said the man was approached by two young men who showed a gun and demanded money. They said the victim handed over the money and was not injured.

Fortunately there was no injury to this victim. However neighbors who won't get their CHL because they do not go to 'bad parts of town' may now consider getting the morning paper in a different light.

Thursday, Mt. Vernon - NWTF does more than hunt

    On Saturday, the Kokosing River Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will host its 14th Annual Hunting Heritage Banquet at the Dan Emment House on Howard Street in Mount Vernon.

    It’s not only for turkey hunters. Anywhere from 130 to 170 people show up for it. Guns are raffled off, there will be a live auction of more than 30 sculptures, prints and chess sets. There are games for the kids. The National Wild Turkey Federation is really one of just a few family-oriented national organizations.”

NWTF reaches well beyond turkey hunters and they along with the other 2nd amendment and sportsmens group are working to improve access to prime hunting and outdoor activities. Don't be an 'Occupant' of the sportsmen's tree, get involved with groups that share your particular interest, make a difference and have some fun.

Thursday, Cleveland - Outdoors

    The Northcoast Limbhangers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation has its annual banquet and hunting gear raffle and auction on April 8 at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Brook Park.

    The combined Erie, Ottawa and Sandusky county chapter of Pheasants Forever features a 25-gun raffle at its banquet on Saturday at Camp Perry.

    The Lakes Tournament Trail bass fishing schedule kicks off the season on April 9 at Portage Lakes. There are only a few openings left in the field of 100 teams for the 2006 season.

    There will be bass fishing tips at Saturday's NCBBA Angling Seminar and Workshop, with veteran bass pros Steve Clapper and Jim Vitaro at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District's Environmental Main Service Facility

    Ohio Sea Grant hosts a Steehead Fishing Seminar on Friday at the Ohio Central Basin Steelheaders meeting.

    Walleye tournament anglers Jim Breedlove and Justin Hornbeck will talk walleye at a seminar at the Gander Mountain in Niles on April 9 from 1-4 p.m.

Wow! Lots to do this weekend in Cleveland area

Thursday, Findlay - Hancock County sheriff seeks shotgun lock funds

    Hancock County Sheriff Michael Heldman told county commissioners yesterday he'd like to buy shotgun locks so deputies can store their shotguns inside their cruisers rather than in the trunks.

    The sheriff's request was made in the wake of the weekend shooting of a Detroit-area man by police outside a carryout off I-75 near Bluffton. Sheriff Heldman said if his deputies' shotguns had been more accessible, they probably would have used them Saturday.

Having firearms for self defense accessible is a good idea. Unless you are a law-abiding Ohioan with CHL. Perhaps we should lobby the Ohio State Patrol to lock their handugns in the glove compartment just like they require female Ohio CHL holders without a holster to do.

Thursday, Washington DC - Change of Heart

    Ohio Sen. George V. Voinovich who upset the White House last year by opposing President Bush's choice for U.N. ambassador now says John R. Bolton is "a changed man" whom he might support should Mr. Bush renew the appointment.

Now if we could just get the senator to have a change of heart on 2nd amendment issues. Ohio's other Senator, Mike DeWine also needs a serious change of heart on the 2nd amendment. Fortunately for Ohioans, both of Senator DeWine's challengers in the May 2 primary are Pro-Gun and would be great assets to have in Washington. Please check out both David Smith and Bill Pierce for US Senator and lets make this year the last year Mike DeWine speaks for Ohio gun owners.

Saturday, Nebraska - Students and the Second Amendment

    Conservative students in Nebraska are taking-up arms.

    Much to the dismay of campus liberals, the College Republicans at the University of Nebraska of Omaha held a “Concealed Carry Week” in support of a bill that would all residents to carry concealed handguns.

Keeping our college students active and involved is critical to protecting our RKBA in the future. Click here to read Buckeye's story on Ohio United Sportsmen.

Sunday, Columbus - Kids will get their chance to hone their outdoor skills

    Youngsters can get a taste of the sporting life Saturday when the Fairfield Fish & Game Club plays host to an outdoor skills day.

    Between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., boys and girls can view hunting dog demonstrations, learn about firearm safety at shotgun, muzzleloader and BB stations and find out from trappers how they do their thing. Also on the agenda: fishing, casting and fly tying; archery; a tree stand demonstration; birdhouse building; and duck, goose and turkey calling.

Sunday, Indiana - Non-hunters can help bag more federal funds for state

    Kyle Hupfer has a rather unusual idea for helping fish and wildlife in Indiana. Get people who don’t hunt and fish to buy hunting and fishing licenses. It’s a novel approach to increasing funding for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources of which he is the director. Hupfer calls it the Catch a Combo program.

This is the same approach Larry Moore stated Saturday at OU. All CHL holders should get hunting licences and all hunters and fishermen should get CHLs. As Larry stated: "Elected officials know numbers and voters. The larger those number the larger our collective influence. The Division of Wildlife is about more than just hunting. They are about promoting the shooting sports, attracting young people to our ranks and operating shooting ranges. They are only funded through hunting/fishing/trapping license permit sales. Every shooter should contribute to that effort"

Sunday, Dayton - Outdoors calendar through April 9

    Click above link for activities in SW Ohio. If you have information about an upcoming, public outdoors event, send it to Outdoors Calendar, Jim Morris, Dayton Daily News, 45 South Ludlow St., Dayton, Ohio 45402, or e-mail it to [email protected]. Be sure to include a phone number for further information.
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Tuesday, Michigan - College Lib: Guns Not a Priority of Bill of Rights

    A gun raffle on a Michigan campus upsets the school’s liberal leader. The College Libertarians at The University gave away a gun in order to showcase the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

    However, the chair of the College Democrats was at odds with Libertarians' message. "The College Dems do not believe that focusing on the Second Amendment should be the priority of anyone genuinely committed to the preservation of the entire Bill of Rights and our Constitution," the Daily reports from an e-mail interview.

It is amazing how gun-haters decide to pick and choose only parts of the Bill of Rights to defend. Take a couple of college students shooting this weekend to show them why.

Tuesday, Ashtabula County - Division of Wildlife releases snowshoe hares

    The Division of Wildlife has been attempting to reintroduce snowshoe hares that last roamed Ohio’s northern woods during the 1900s. Early attempts in the 1950s with the release of 604 snowshoes did not have any apparent lasting effect. This time the DOW is hoping for better returns and has designated a special area located in Geauga and Ashtabula counties (see page 20 of the current hunting regulations) for the release of snowshoes. The program was first introduced in 2000 and continues today with over 600 hares being released thus far. This winter, 140 have been released.

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