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Col. Jeff Cooper on the Cecil the Lion Fiasco

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Col. Jeff Cooper on the Cecil the Lion Fiasco

The handling of the Cecil situation by the mainstream media is straight out of the Alinsky playbook. It is intended to marginalize and polarize.

Reader Don Urbatsch writes:

I am invoking the name of the late great Jeff Cooper to shed light on the media fiasco that is the mainstream media’s coverage of the dentist who shot the apparently beloved lion Cecil. Since the The People of the Gun often cite Cooper’s four rules of gun safety (he also coined the term hoplophobe). I am using an appeal to authority for those who consider themselves people of the gun, but would throw the dentist in question under the bus. Jeff Cooper was an avid hunter and made many trips to Africa including hunting lions. There is a collection of the colonel’s commentaries on the internet and they are instructive in this situation . . .

I have read TTAG for a long time and noticed a divide among regular commentators. I don’t have all the details on this particular hunt and in no way would I advocate hunting in an illegal manner, though even legal hunts sometimes come up in the MSM where the participants are thrown under the proverbial bus even by so called people of the gun. Just for a moment let’s consider a few aspects of hunting in this day and age.

Game Management

Though this quote has to do with elephants the principle is the same.

“It appears that we may have to start culling elephants in Africa’s Kruger Park, to the utter horror of the bambiists. Elephants are wonderful creatures, but they must be managed with care lest they eat themselves out of house and home. Game management usually involves killing in controlled fashion, and the very idea horrifies certain kinds of people. This was vividly impressed upon me as a youth on Catalina Island. When we acquired a summer home there the place was lavishly populated with mule deer. Mrs. Wrigley, who owned the island, would not think of allowing hunting. So the beasts did themselves in. I remember distinctly that one year there were so many deer back in those hills that you almost had to shoo them out of the way on a hike – and next year there were none.

Game management is best understood in Africa today, where controlled hunting has kept things in balance for all to see. Once the wrong people get into the legislative act, however, disaster follows. Most of the anti-hunting people are uninterested in wildlife, but they are terribly concerned lest somebody enjoys shooting it. These are the polypragmatoi, the busybodies, one of the curses of popular government. It has been said that war is too important a subject to be left up to soldiers. To follow that point we may say that legislation is too important a matter to be left up to legislators.”

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