Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
I’m a member of a gun club just East of The Cities. Every member volunteers two days to serve as range safety officer while members of the public use the range to sight their hunting rifles. It’s always an eye-opener to see all ages, races, genders, incomes, occupations, coming together to get ready for their annual family deer hunt. And uniformly, they are grateful to have a place to do it.
If Republicans made a bigger show of supporting hunting, I think they’d have stronger grassroots support.
And gun rights groups – while rightfully disdaining all too many hunters’ myopia over gun rights (all too many believe the fight over the AR15 will never affect their deer rifle or duck gun) – would do well to reach out to hunters as well.