Ahead of today’s vote on a proposed black bear season in Florida, the Humane Society of the U.S. delivered a petition to Gov. Rick Scott—who vowed to leave the decision with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
While HSUS claims a hunt is unnecessary, bear populations have grown tenfold since 1974, and bear/human conflicts have skyrocketed. From 1990-1999, FFWCC received an average of 227 nuisance bear calls annually; from 2005-2014, that number had grown to 4,087.
The proposed seven-day season would grant hunters access to land in two Bear Management areas. One hundred bears would be harvested from each area, totaling about five percent of the population—or about the same number as were killed by motorists on Florida roads last year. Despite opposition, the real wildlife experts at FFWCC support the hunt, calling it “the best and only feasible management tool” for controlling populations, and the proposal is expected to pass.
Former Felon Attacks Armed Attorney
An Oklahoma City attorney was attacked outside his home by one of his clients on Saturday. The lawyer, 48-year-old Jay Silvernail, reacted by pulling out a gun, shooting and killing 54-year-old David Smith.
Smith was a longtime felon who was paroled last year after spending more than two decades in prison for a 1988 robbery conviction. He had four years left on his parole. Smith was a client of Silvernail, whose work included the representation of criminal defendants.
The former felon had gone to the home of his attorney to pick up some property. As the two were walking to a car, Smith became upset at one point and started attacking Silvernail. That’s when Silvernail, acting in self-defense, shot Smith. Silvernail isn’t expected to face any charges.
Robbery Teaches Uncomplicated Truth
Mighty tough to improve on Kathy Bell’s analysis of the goings-on in her corner of Henry County, Georgia, late on the evening of June 16. When a neighbor found a burglar attempting to steal items from his boat and shed, he tried to detain the suspect. When that effort failed, a single shot was fired, striking the burglar in the stomach. The suspect will recover, but faces multiple charges.
When interviewed by WSB-TV 2, Ms. Bell nailed the whole shabby business from end to end: “No, I don’t have sympathy for him. I hope he learns [the] lesson that you work for what you want; you don’t come and take it from other people. It’s not right. I’m sorry [they] got hurt, but look what they were doing.”
You may spot some omission or improvement, but we certainly have nothing to add. Bravo, Ms. Bell!
If You Don’t Look For Them, They Must Not Be Out There
“Mike the Gun Guy” ran a column in the Huffington Post that is a lesson in how not to conduct research. Mike read an article that featured 11 armed citizen stories spread over the past decade, and concluded that such incidents must be rare. He also skimmed NRA’s online presence and concluded: “Know how many good-guy stories the NRA has published in the past 57 years? Somewhere around 1,540, give or take a few, which translates into roughly 36 per year.”
Mike? We hate to break it to you, but we’ve published more than 36 armed citizen stories occurring in the last two months; and we’re not trying to be comprehensive. The Guns Save Lives project documents over 1,400 self-defense shootings in the past five years or so—that’s not counting all the times that no one got shot. Maybe you shouldn’t do your “research” so close to the deadline next time.