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Massad Ayoob on Guns

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Archive for November 21st, 2011

Massad Ayoob


Monday, November 21st, 2011

I’ll be having a quiet Thanksgiving at home base this year. Last week in Phoenix, I chatted with a lady whose family celebrated the holiday early so they could go elk hunting on the 24th.

How many of y’all will be feasting on turkey from the woods instead of from the market this year?  How many will have some other game meat on the table when giving thanks?

When I was a little kid in the 1950s, the traditional Thanksgiving images at school and everywhere else included a blunderbuss in the Pilgrims’ hands.  After all, that muzzle-loading smoothbore – whether or not it had the belled muzzle we associate with that iconic Thanksgiving image – was where the turkey came from.  The image of the gun seems conspicuously gone from today’s Thanksgiving imagery.

Not politically correct, I guess.

In some parts of our country, many will be out hunting for their Thanksgiving Day sport fix instead of sitting around watching football on TV.  I hope that will include some of those here.  I don’t see hunting on my own Thanksgiving Day schedule, but I’m sure there’ll be some time on the backyard range.

How ‘bout you folks?

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