09 December 2010

By the Numbers

The state of Wisconsin has gone an entire deer hunting season without someone getting killed. That’s great. There were over 600,000 hunters.

Allow me to restate that number. Over the last two months, the eighth largest army in the world – more men under arms than Iran; more than France and Germany combined – deployed to the woods of a single American state to help keep the deer menace at bay.

But that pales in comparison to the 750,000 who are in the woods of Pennsylvania this week. Michigan’s 700,000 hunters have now returned home.

Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia, and it is literally the case that the hunters of those four states alone would comprise the largest army in the world.

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“It appears to be a self-inflicted wound that entered his middle thigh and exited his knee,” Staff Sgt. Ron Boyce said. “It’s kind of odd, that downward pattern.”

Police said the man ditched his gun and isn’t cooperating with the investigation. He refuses to admit he shot himself. But Boyce is confident they have their man and that the two men who shot him don’t actually exist.

“It’s two phantom people,” Boyce said. “We’re not looking for anyone.”


Anonymous said...

the socilaists in the u.s. might want to pay attention to those numbers.

Chris said...

Not sure what the author is getting at. Individuals with guns are hardly an army. Look at how easily the US ground forces routed Iraq's "army"... twice. It takes a lot more than rifles and boots to be an army.

Then again - a nation full of individuals with weapons is a never ending headache to a force trying to occupy that territory. South Vietnam and Afganistan are the prime examples of that.

If that's the point - then yes, the US has the greatest guerilla potential the world has seen.

Neo Conservative said...

"anon says... socilaists(sic) in the u.s. might want to pay attention to those numbers."

well... i don't think anyone is advocating open season on pinkos... but it's certainly a significant demographic.

while i'm a shooter... i don't actually hunt. just thought it was an amusing article.


langmann said...

And you can hunt with handguns as well. So far no one killed by the evil rage that guns cause.

Neo Conservative said...

guns kill people... like pencils write poetry.