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“I Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead Wearing That!”

May 26, 2010

Oregon is proposing a law to make all hunters wear orange, which is surprisingly unpopular considering that an average of one person dies each year due to “vision-related causes,”  or in other words, a hunter shoots their friend (or relative) thinking that the brown thing moving in the bushes is dinner…

Seems like an easy fix – wear orange and hopefully save a live each year…  but people are skeptical (Oregon has one of the lowest number of hunting deaths in the US), and, as we all understand, people generally hate being told what to wear (even, apparently, when it’s in their best interest.)

Jim Nolan, from Redmond, Oregon put those thoughts together when he said: “What I wear or what any of these people in this room wear while they’re hunting right down to going in your birthday suit if they feel good about it, I think it should be up to the individual.  You know, I think it’s another case of Big Brother coming in and trying to protect me from myself.”  (Really Jim, and how do you feel about seat belts, or the directions on the back of medication bottles…?)

Not to stereotype…  but less government is a Republican ideal… and so, it is interesting that in this case of being told what and what not to wear these ideas come out, yet when a college student in Maine takes off her shirt (which, as you know, is totally legal in Maine) all we hear from the Republicans is “There needs to be a law about this!” I completely respect people with convictions.  But I do require consistency.

There are several other states that still don’t require hunters to wear blaze orange, which is really quite surprising:

  • Vermont
  • New York
  • New Mexico
  • Arizona
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • Idaho
  • California
  • Alaska
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