Thursday, August 25, 2005

Hunting Season

This is exactly what's wrong with the world. States are rushing to ban Internet hunting, where someone can operate a rifle by remote control using their mouse and watching a camera with a webcam. Everyone is opposed to it, from the NRA to the Humane Society. They say it's cruel, slaughter, not real hunting.

I'm not even saying I support it. I think it's kind of stupid. There are videogames that do the same thing for cheaper. You wanna hunt virtual animals from the comfort of your computer? Fine, buy Deer Hunter. It also sounds pretty boring to sit there waiting for an animal dumb enough to wander in front of the camera. But there was exactly one website (Live-Shot.com) that provided this service, and only one person who's ever signed up for it, and Live-shot has switched to a virtual shooting range. It's not like there's a flood of Internet hunting sweeping the nation.

The fact is that it's something which gets major political groups upset, isn't that important, and has virtually no support on the other side. In other words, it's something a politician can go on television about and rant and rave, and look like he's doing something, and there's almost no chance he'll suffer in the polls because of it. Meanwhile, people are being starved or raped to death in Sudan, women and children are being sold into slavery, and poor people have to choose between buying their life-saving medication and paying the rent. Pick your targets.

1 comment:

Mauricem said...

I posted about this back in my blog a while back. It's interesting that it failed so miserably.
Go figure.