What? You didn't know Kentucky voters face a constitutional amendment this year? You're not alone..and unlike past times when the legislature has allocated money to advertise this to the voters, I don't believe they did so this time.
Probably because they are ashamed.
This amendment is a solution in search of a problem.
It would guarantee the right of all citizens to hunt and fish. Yup, that's it. Even a sponsor of it says there isn't really any challenge to that right. So why are we voting on it?
NRA, that's why.
The National Rifle Association thinks that maybe, possibly, sometime down the road, in the future, animal rights groups just might consider mounting a challenge to hunting and fishing. Forget that no state, no court I am aware of has ever upheld any legal basis for such a challenge..but then, you just don't understand the NRA.
It's not about a future challenge; it's about throwing your political weight around now. The NRA says "Jump', and the Kentucky legislature dutifully asks.."How high?"
A constitution is, by definition, the fundamental law of the land. It is supposed to be limited to those major issues around which we organize our government..taxes, education, roads, courts, justice, elections,etc.
Hunting and fishing are traditions and we pass ordinary laws regulating them. We should not clutter up our Constitution with lesser issues.
So, not because I don't believe in hunting and fishing, but because this amendment has no place in our Constitution, I plan to vote against it, and urge you to do the same.
What our legislature should have done is eliminate the "dueling" provisions, which every four years make Kentucky the laughing stock of the nation. Dueling? in 2012? Shirley you jest!
If we pass this amendment, our fellow Americans will just have a second issue to wonder if we are truly in the 21st Century.
I'm more than just sayin'...Vote "No."