First: The killing of mountain lions is necessary to control the population down. This hunt/kill also keeps the population of deer UP. People eat deer.
Second: For you to judge another hunter for her enjoyment in the culmination of a very challenging hunt reveals much about yourself. While I understand what you mean, killing an animal is always a sad time for me, but standing over your first 8 point will make any hunter happy.
January 14, 2014 at 5:42pm
I’m a cop in a big city and have been for 26 years. I’m also a lifetime member of the NRA. Regardless if this person’s intent was to generate a response by the police, EVERY police officer must KNOW the laws within the state they patrol. I think that is obvious and elementary. More importantly they must be cognizant of the US Constitution. It IS legal for that man to openly carry a firearm in Michigan, therefore the cops reaction with the information provided in this story is illegal.
Most police officers are not trained properly with respect to their response to people carrying firearms. The cops response was over the top, illegal and in my opinion indicative of his own poor training and confidence. EVERY state has a minimum threshold of probable cause or reasonable suspicion in order to forcibly stop and detain a citizen for a suspected crime or for officer safety reasons. It could’ve been as simple as stopping and engaging in a conversation with the man. And frankly, he does not even need to respond to the questioning if he chooses not to.
I’ve observed cops react like this in my own department, but over the past 5 years the training has made more cops aware of the open carry laws. Hopefully this cop will educate himself on the laws within the state he patrols.
I don’t think any of the constitutional rights guaranteed in this country should be surrendered in order for the sheep to enjoy a false sense of safety.
 January 11, 2014 at 8:57am
“Nobody forced him to enlist”.
What an ignorant disgusting individual you are……
December 10, 2013 at 2:53pm
Expected. No big surprise here. Sociopathic animals.
The link above is to a news article detailing the rescue of a 6 year old boy from an under ground bunker of the man who kidnapped him at gun point. The FBI SWAT team utilized an explosive breach of the outer door then made entry into the bunker killing the hostage taker and rescuing the child unharmed. Maybe all of this rhetoric is a little over blown. We are every day members of society. Every guy on my SWAT team, except for one, are die hard conservatives who are well aware of the dangers of big government.
November 6, 2013 at 7:32pm
I am a police officer and have been for 26 years. I’m a member of our SWAT team. I’ve been involved in hundreds of encounters with people illegally and legally carrying firearms. I’ve shot at people and I’ve been shot at on many occasions. While I won’t criticize these cops because I wasn’t there, and I’ve seen the media report a story which was completely wrong from what actually happened, but let’s assume this version is true. Then as a cop, I would take cover behind my vehicle (I am aware that a vehicle is piss poor cover, but it’s better than nothing) and give verbal warnings to the kid. If he swung around, I would wait until he fired at me before I risked shooting a young kid with what could be, and in this case was, a toy gun. I do realize that Airsoft guns are virtually identical to real firearms, but a cop with a good understanding of cover and the use of distances would survive the encounter even if the firearm was real. Now let’s assume the firearm is real. He is a kid after all. And remember, we haven’t even determined that he intends to use it to harm anyone. Kids do stupid ****. I’m sorry, but with the facts known, he shouldn’t have been shot. To be fair, my son had Airsoft guns when he was a kid and I always warned him NOT to carry them outside, because I feared a cop would shoot him.
October 10, 2013 at 9:36pm
The bottom line is that Obama and the democratic party don’t give a **** because it isn’t in Chicago, NYC, LA, Phoenix, etc. South Dakota doesn’t have enough electoral votes to matter to the dems.
September 28, 2013 at 7:05pm
Local cops AREN’T the enemy. They are your neighbors. While I agree that cops shouldn’t be armed more OR less than the citizenry, I DO disagree with the following statement you made:
“And don’t give me that “we risk our lives at every traffic stop” crap. If the violation isn’t worth risking your life, don’t make the stop. Treat the people right, & you have nothing to fear from us, you’ll return home safe.”
That’s the most idiotic ridiculous nonsensical moronic statement from someone who obviously has an enormous problem with the law and the people who enforce those laws. To suggest that a cop should not stop a vehicle for a simple traffic violation “unless it the stop is worth risking my life for” is simply asinine. If I stop a car for a traffic violation, I DO NOT EXPECT to be shot because I meet an idiot like you who decide he disagrees with the traffic stop. YOU Sir are an idiot. Period.
September 28, 2013 at 1:19pm
Katzinger…..I cannot argue with a word you’ve said. They (the globalists, including those inside our own government) realize they cannot defeat us militarily, therefore they are defeating us from within. Yet we still vote the same people to run our government. Incredible.
September 28, 2013 at 12:38pm
So what is the answer to the correct balance between allowing our local cops to protect themselves from criminals,……and not allowing them to become too powerful?
September 28, 2013 at 12:32pm
Well I agree with you there. I am completely against any and all “check points”. DUI, Seat belt, etc. I think they are all unconstitutional. And the TSA has no business operating outside of airports and shipping ports.
September 28, 2013 at 12:03pm
Exactly Sir. Like you, I am an LEO. And we regularly use a Lenco Bear to protect our LEO’s when we attempt to arrest violent criminals. It has saved more than 3 lives since it has been in service 7 years ago. I took an oath to protect the US Constitution at least 3 times. US Army, PA Guard and for my LE agency. And I meant it.
People need to be concerned with the creation of new federal LE agencies such as DHS. They can be influenced politically which scares the crap out of me.
September 28, 2013 at 11:54am
BlueSky,…..what makes you think I’m a terrorist?
September 28, 2013 at 11:14am
I am a long time conservative, constitutionalist, a veteran and reader of The Blaze. I’ve been a cop for 25 plus years in a moderately large city, and a member of SWAT for more than 10 years. And let me tell you, I fear the spreading power of the federal government as much as the next guy or gal. 90 percent of the guys feel the same way. Our agency has a large armored vehicle which is used frequently by SWAT for the protection of the cops, which I might add are just local citizens that we all live beside. As a matter of fact, recently a lone shooter who had already killed several cops tried to shoot through the windshield of the armored vehicle and kill the two cops in the front seats as SWAT was arriving on scene to arrest the murderer. Thankfully the glass stopped the rounds from the 7.62 and eventually the guy was arrested and sits in prison for murder. Barricaded gunman, active shooting scenes and similar events require that we allow our civilian police are protected from criminals, and I fear, eventually terrorism on our own soil.
Thank you for your service. I fear it too (terrorism on our own soil). I hope you find a solution to the moral question.
Terrorism from cops like you.
BlueSky,.....what makes you think I'm a terrorist?
I agree. Every cop I have encountered as a news reporter and a lawyer has been a liar. Our founding fathers did not want a standing army. Obama kept his promise of having a civilian military the same size as the overseas military; he did it by merely bribing you'all with military toys and gadgets. I know what cops act like. We have had incidences where officers shot to death a crazed teenager with a knife to his own neck and a threat to nobody (Tigard Oregon). The judge dismissed the complaint and the Court of Appeals remanded it back for trial. We trust you as much as we trust any other occupying force. You are not of us. You are separate from us and you would without a whimper shoot into a crowd of citizens if 1775 was ever repeated.
July 22, 2013 at 7:16pm
I don’t think she will be charged with anything. He brought that on himself.
February 10, 2013 at 11:16am
It sounds as if this man needs a good lawyer. That law needs to be removed.