I mostly ignore the NRA, it matters nothing to me if a person wishes to own a firearm. Personally I do not, my idea of hunting wild game is a trip to the meat department of the local supermarket. Cut, cleaned and wrapped, it is a deal. Lets face it, who wants to spend happy hours skinning and gutting a goat in subzero temperatures with little more than a pocket knife. Not me, is the answer!

I do however admire the brave folks that venture out into the wild to hunt in order to put meat on the family table.:

The NRA praises members of the U.S. House of Representatives who voted to pass H.R. 3590–the “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act.”  The measure, which passed with broad bipartisan support by a vote of 268 to 154, promotes and protects the rights of hunters in a variety of critical ways.

“Hunting is part of our unique American heritage and the NRA is committed to preserving it,” said NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox.  “Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) has been a stalwart friend to our nation’s hunters and on behalf of our 5 million NRA members we thank him for his leadership on this important legislation.  The NRA will continue to work with the Congress to protect the rights of hunters from increasingly hostile and litigious environmental groups seeking to curtail our freedoms.”

Despite increasing urbanization in America, hunting and other outdoor sports continue to grow in popularity as people seek the simple pleasure of being outdoors with friends and family.  The nation’s 13.7 million hunters spent $38.3 billion in 2011, helping to create 680,000 jobs.  Hunters and sportsmen contribute another $1.6 billion annually to conservation through license and permitting fees and charitable donations.

It was the numbers that caught my attention. Lets walk through them slowly, The country has 13.7 million hunters and they spent $38.3 billion in 2011.

That puts the average hunter at $2,795 per year. This sounds high when  taking into account that .most hunters are poor, and use weapons maybe that  are passed their prime.

When you add in the NRA’s  version of tax revenue the cost of shooting Squirrels, Armadillos, and anything else that you find on your property now makes it around $3000 per year.

Obviously these numbers from the NRA have more crap in them than the Bears in the Charmin bath tissue ad.

Simon Barrett

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