Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Outrage of the Day

Let me just give you a taste of the article from Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier from Dec. 6, 2009. I think you'll realize what the outrage is.

"A split-second decision was the difference between life and death.

"Glen Fortsch had to choose: Shoot an attacking grizzly bear or die. The Hudson hunter didn't want his wife to be a widow or his children not to have a father.

"Kill it or be a statistic," Fortsch said..."It was more reaction than anything," Fortsch recalled. "The (investigating) agent said ‘you had about 2 seconds to die.'"...The good news is Fortsch lived to tell the exciting, yet heart-pounding tale. The bad news is grizzly bears were re-listed on the federal endangered species list a day before he shot the omnivore. Fortsch could be charged with an endangered species violation. Wildlife officials estimate there are 600 grizzlies in Wyoming."

So let me get this straight...because an animal is on the federal endangered species list, that animal's safety is more important than that of the man that animal would have killed? Because Glen Fortsch rightfully decided to defend himself, he could be looking at a $25,000 fine and/or 6 months in PRISON.

Oh yeah, he'll learn his lesson from that!

Seriously, six months in prison??? Yeah, let's waste time and money on that trial. According to the New York Times, "The United States has less than 5 percent of the world’s population. But it has almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners." I mean, it's bad enough to waste taxpayers' money on frivolous lawsuits, like burning yourself on hot coffee or mental suffering because your favorite suit didn't come back from the dry cleaners, but this is going too far.

Even the CATO Institute in Washington, D.C. is backing that up. "The amount of money that American taxpayers spend on prisons has never been greater, and the fraction of the American population held in prison has tripled during the last 15 years, as has national prison capacity."

I obviously don't have a problem with hunting. And I'll go so far as to say it's a shame that an endangered animal died, but to punish Glen Fortsch for saving his own life is outrageous. The federal government or whoever is going to try and bring suit against Glen needs to drop it and leave him be. Fining him or putting him in prison WILL NOT bring the bear back to life.

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