I've never been on a snowmobile, but I do hike in the woods -- and if I were to see a moose on a trail at a distance, I'd just want it to go its way. I wouldn't want to harm it and I wouldn't want it to harm me. I'd give it a wide berth. I could see carrying a weapon, even a gun, to protect myself from animals on the trail, but I'd want to use the weapon only as an absolute last resort. Animals live there. I don't. I'm the interloper.
Joe the Plumber sees things differently, I guess. On his website, Joe for America, he's just posted a high-larious LiveLeak video of a snowmobiler killing a moose with a handgun:
***VIDEO*** Moose vs. Snowmobiler, Advantage Glock!Notice there's no "4. Hang back and wait for the moose to go peacefully on its way." Because, as you'll see in the video, the snowmobiler stops and sees the moose minding its business maybe a hundred feet ahead on the snowmobile trail. After trying unsuccessfully to scare it off the trail by yelling, he approaches it in the snowmobile and has a standoff. At that point, the moose does leap up and attack the snowmobiler -- which, yeah, I'll admit seems pretty frightening -- but the snowmobiler pushes the moose off, and the moose retreats. The moose doesn't try to attack again. It walks away -- at which point the snowmobiler pulls out his Glock and fires five shots, felling the moose, as if out of pure spite. He then rides on. Yee-haw!
So you are out for a nice little putt on your sled and you are attacked by a moose... What do you do?
1. Cry like baby and hope for the best.
2. Call the game warden and wait for him to show up.
3. Pull out your Glock and kill the attacker.
Watch this to see the correct answer...
Am I wrong to see this as the right-wing worldview in a nutshell?