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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "Amendment on hunting, fishing is unnecessary"

Thatis the heading to the $$ editorial today in the Bloomington Herald-Times, made available here via Indiana Economic Digest. Some quotes:

Does Indiana really need to add the right to hunt, fish and harvest wildlife into the state constitution?

No, it does not.

But some lawmakers, following the lead of the National Rifle Association, have gotten this public question to the Nov. 8 ballot. * * *

Those who want voters to pick “yes” for this question say this change will forever enshrine hunting, fishing and harvesting wildlife as a valued part of Indiana’s heritage. Here’s what they’re missing:

With or without this amendment, those things will remain a valued part of the state’s heritage.

So will the right to play basketball, grow tomatoes and sweet corn, and race cars or bicycles.

The state constitution needn’t be amended to protect those latter three. And it needn’t be amended to protect the first three, either. If it is, the process will trivialize the state’s most important core protections such as freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

It’s almost impossible to see a political majority in this state or pretty much anywhere that would truly threaten the opportunity of people to hunt, fish or harvest wildlife. And that’s as it should be. Hoosiers should have that right, as the right to shoot a 15-foot jump shot.

But this takes the issue one step further, makes it into an unnecessary political statement and truly degrades the sanctity of what should be the state’s most treasured governmental document.

ILB: Many other ILB posts on this proposed amendment are available here.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 26, 2016 11:24 AM
Posted to Indiana Government