sang, "Instant kharma's gonna get you," and for
many hunters, 2004 was when it got them. Practically as soon
as hunting season opened, hunters began shooting themselves,
falling from tree stands and impaling themselves on arrows
faster than local coroners could print toe tags. Hunt clubs
love to tell anyone who'll listen that hunting is safer than
bowling, badminton and ping pong, but I'll take my chances
with ping pong paddles any day of the week. If the following
people were still alive, they might agree with me.
Duckworth of West Wheatfield, Pennsylvania bit the dust when
his hunting stand - ingeniously built on top of utility poles
- caught fire. His son heard an explosion and found his father
on the ground, burnt to a crisp. There was no venison steak
for dinner that night in the Duckworth household.
of 24-year-old John Hughes of Florence, Ohio was found hanging
in a tree 40 feet above the ground. Hughes went bow hunting
and ended up as a Christmas tree ornament. See ya later, Johnny.
Courpas, 35, of Fairfax, Virginia died after Charles Lepovetski
mistook his movements for a bird and shot him. How on earth
do you mistake a person for a bird? Only Mr. Lepovetski knows
B. Allgyer, 15, an Amish young man from Mill Hall, Pennsylvania
was blown away by a 15-year-old friend while they were fondling
their guns after a day of hunting. I thought the Amish were
supposed to be non-violent? Guess not.
could forget Chai Soua Vang, the Laotian immigrant who blasted
six hunters to smithereens in Wisconsin? Vang achieved something
that day that the animal rights movement may have never been
able to: He made six hunters stop eating meat and dairy forever.
Way to go, Chai!
and many other hunting accidents can be found on the Committee
to Abolish Sport Hunting's website at:
the most causal observer can see that America's sportsmen
are doing a very good job of culling their population so that
they will not succumb to starvation or disease. Congratulations,
oh mighty hunters! You've demonstrated the safety of your
sport admirably. The next time I find myself blasting the
head off of my badminton opponent, I'll remember just how
safe hunting is.