Regarding the Trib's " Boy, 11, charged as adult in deaths " (Feb. 22 and PghTrib.com), what can we expect when we let the Pennsylvania Game Commission recruit our children into a youth hunting program?
The game commission was worried because the number of hunters was falling fast and the revenue generated by hunting licenses pays their paychecks. "We need this law because for every 100 hunters who retire, only 62 take up the sport," said Gov. Rendell, so in 2006 they pushed for House Bill 1690, which allows children younger than 12, without hunter education, to go hunting with a parent or guardian.
Children have a natural love and empathy for animals. Forcing kids to kill animals can cause serious psychological problems. There is increasing evidence that many of the shootings and murders by children are done by kids who are hunters.
You have to be 16 to get a driver permit and 18 to vote. We have these laws because children don't have the capacity to understand or accept responsibility.
Allowing children under the age of 12 to use lethal weapons and to teach them how to kill is a moral failure of our state representatives who voted to pass House Bill 1690.
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