Here in the U.S. and also in Canada, wildlife belongs to the public. Landowners are free to control the number of hunters they allow on their properties, but they don't own the wildlife. Management of game animals and other wildlife has been kept in the public trust.
We Americans are also free to enjoy shooting sports, and we're also free to invite our kids to enjoy them.
I hate to keep using Great Britain as a bad example, but folks over there have gone bonkers over "protecting" young people from firearms and the perfectly legal things adults are allowed to use firearms for.
Case in point: Earlier this year, in the months that led up to the 2012 London Olympics, the games' organizers created a program that provided 125,000 Olympic event tickets to British schoolchildren. The mayor of London raised a stink when he decreed that shooting-sports tickets would not be given to kids for fear of "encouraging young people to use guns."
The Brits' nanny-state tendencies reached an absurd new level recently when the country's largest magazine distributor barred the sale of hunting- and shooting-related magazines to anyone age 14 or younger.
As you might guess, animal-rights activists are behind this one. Animal Aid, Britain's equivalent to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, claimed the magazines' "lurid, pro-violence content" could have a "corrosive, long-lasting effect on impressionable young minds."
Thank goodness we haven't yet lost as many freedoms as have our friends in Great Britain and elsewhere throughout the world.
Voting gives us the ability to elect officials who will protect those freedoms and to fire those who don't. On Nov. 6, let's all go and exercise our most precious right - the right to vote.