Originally Posted by sola123
The realities of life are that nothing is illegal unless you get caught at it...so until that happens...well...we'll be with Mr Smith or Mr Ruger on all camping trips... we don't camp where we don't feel safe either if we can help it...sometimes that feeling changes after your are there...
Apoacher is not a hunter, rathera criminal. Breaking the law, caught or otherwise still makesus a criminal ... albeit one that has not been caught, prosecuted and/or convicted.
What follows is not directed at you personally, but at all of us generally.
Look, I'm no polyanna. I speed with the best of them. But I was taught a measure of a man is not what he does when others can see him. Rather it is the choices he makes when no one else knows. I try to obey our laws ... even ones I don't agree with. To do as I wish simply makes me an anarchist, it doesn't make me right.
Many friends are not allowed to go hunting with me, including my grouse hunting mentor. Swing a shotgun over my head just once and you're done .. now. When I'm out and come to a no trespassing sign, I turn and head in another direction. Two of my friends believeif you're not caught what does it matter? They no longer hunt with me. Even when I"m alone, I handle my firearms responsibly and obey property rights, firearms laws and hunting laws. In other words, I maintain my integrity at all times.
If your ethics and morals allow otherwise, that is your choice.I choose to maintain my integrity as myconscience doesn't allow for a gray area.... either you obey the law or you break it ... according to my view.If you have firearms where you camp and they're allowed, I'm happy to camp with you. I certainly had my shotgun with when I went grouse hunting. And YES, I cleared it with the campground owners before I made my reservation. If they're not allowed and you choose to have them, I really don't want you in the same campground nor do I wish to camp with you.
I think I just broke the soap box