05 January 2011

South Carolina protecting hunter’s rights with ‘coon’ hunting license plate

South Carolina truly is a beautiful state, with its green mountain vistas to the north, inviting sandy beaches to the east and picturesque scenes of Spanish moss elegantly draped over stately oak trees in the Lowcountry. The mental imagery alone provides ample creative inspiration to paint, write a poem or say, even fashion a fine-looking license plate.

But apparently in the Palmetto State huntin’ and shootin’ takes precedence over nature’s splendor—and good taste.

According to the Columbia Free Times, a number of South Carolina state representatives have introduced legislation to help residents show their support for the second amendment by sporting pro gun messages on specialized license plates. Suggestions for plate themes include “Second Amendment,” “Don’t Tread on Me,” and of course “Coon Hunters.” Yes you read that last one correctly.

Beyond the obvious racial insensitivity of the aforementioned “Coon Hunters” plate is its intended purpose, to raise money for the South Carolina Coon Hunters Association (CHA). We can’t make this stuff up.

The CHA’s mission is simple, promote coon huntin’ and support hunter's rights:

The SC State CHA was established in 1982 to promote the sport of coonhunting in our state. Since then we have come to realize the importance of being politically active and the importance of the young hunters in our state. It is the goal of this organization to work for all the coonhunters of this state, the competition as well as the pleasure hunter. We strive to be pro-active in both areas.

Apparently the rampant fear that President Obama was going to send gun stealing thugs door to door is still alive. When exactly have hunter’s rights ever been infringed upon? Or for that matter the second amendment? It’s truly a fallacy created for political gain.

Nonetheless it’s yet another black eye for our friends in the south.

First bear baiting now this, South Carolina please enter the 21st century, soon.


Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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