A few nights ago, I had dinner with my buddy, Trace. Trace is the quintessential outdoorsman and his love for hunting is nothing short of contagious. This brief conversation over dinner renewed my desire to do something I thought I’d never be able to do as a person who is blind: hunt. Yes, with guns!
Now, I wasn’t a hunter when I could see, so why would I want to do it now? Simple answer? The challenge.
So, as I have a new interest in hunting and the adaptations I’ll have to make, I did what any good American would do who has an interest in, well, anything! I googled it!
After culling through a few dozen sites selling duck blinds, I finally came to some different articles on blind hunters.
One article was written by a famous sports writer last winter. His topic wasn’t as much related to blind hunting as slamming lawmakers for legalizing blind hunting(in Texas) instead of taking up more important issues(apparently Jeff Pearlman doesn’t think civil rights is an important issue).
He belittled those who are blind and the congressman from Texas who proposed the legalization of blind folks being able to hunt with the assistance of a sighted guide. To Jeff I say…BITE ME! And, I have a lot more things to say to him, too. So, Jeffy, if you have your google alerts set up to feed your feeble little ego every time someone writes about you, then I hope this makes it’s way to your in box. And when it does? Let’s talk! Actually…screw it…let’s just talk right here!
If there is a legitimate complaint about those who are blind hunting with the assistance of a sighted guide, then say it! But to mask this issue into an editorial against Bush, the NRA, Texas or those of us who may actually benefit from such a bill is dishonest journalism. This makes you a dishonest journalist. One who seems to wish he was writing for the NY Times(or some equally despicable publication) instead of for sports rags.
Seriously! Do you think anyone, including those of us who may actually be blind hunters, think this should be done without assistance from someone sighted? You’re right-sending a blind person out into the woods with a firearm IS dangerous. So is giving an idiot a word processor and a column in sports magazines.
I fully plan to contact the Texas congressman who proposed this bill for his state. When I do, I’d like to invite him to hunt with Trace and I sometime in the future. I can guarantee no one will walk away with any injuries. I can’t say the same for those of us who were hurt by your words. Again, Jeff Pearlman, for your December article…you should be ashamed. Oh, and BITE ME!