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Use Eminent Domain to Take South Carolina Hunting Grounds

Robert Burton/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Robert Burton/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A sadistic lawmaker in South Carolina is doing all he can to make sure that his mouth-breathing constituents can kill anytime they feel the urge. Naturally, the bastard doesn’t have the stones to describe his bloodlust-full legislative efforts in that honest a way. Instead, he’s suggesting that property owners in his state have hitherto been unfairly restricted in terms of when they can sate their bloodthirst.

I’m referring here to South Carolina state Sen. George “Chip” Campsen III, who recently introduced an odious piece of legislation that’s reminiscent of Florida’s barbarous “Stand Your Ground” law.

According to a February 12 report by Allison Stice in The Island Packet (South Carolina), “the Senate Fish, Game and Forestry Committee has forwarded a bill to the full Senate that would allow hunters who commit violations – such as shooting game out of season or at night – a way to claim self-defense or defense of another person, hunting dogs or house pets.”

The bill, S 223, complements (if that’s the right word) a heinous piece of legislation (S 165, which is being co-sponsored by Campsen) that would extend the season during which property owners could murder alligators.

As the South Carolina Radio Network’s Matt Long reported on January 16, “right now, landowners can apply for ‘tags’ to kill a certain amount of gators on their property from September 1 to October 15. A bill sponsored by Charleston Republican Chip Campsen would expand the season through May 31 on private property only. … Campsen … says the current season is too short and falls during a time when most land managers are busy with other things.”

As I pointed out in my November 6, 2012, commentary, “so-called ‘wildlife management’ is a rather uninspired euphemism for ‘sanctioned slaughter.’”

Long’s January 16 South Carolina Radio Network article tells us that “opponents of the new idea say some of those landowners want to change the law so they’ll have more time to sell safari-style alligator hunts to guests” and identifies Campsen as being “a property manager himself.”

What we’re talking about here are laws designed to satisfy the bloodthirst of the drooling class and put money in the pockets of those whose properties are home to their unfortunate victims.

If we can’t cure these murderous thugs of their savagery, perhaps we should try appealing to their unchecked greed by electing to the South Carolina General Assembly evolved legislators who are willing, in the interests of all their constituents, to take the privately owned killing fields by eminent domain.

At least in that scenario Campsen and his Neanderthal ilk would be forced to admit that the dominion they believe they’re entitled to hold over other species can’t be bought for fair-market value or any other price.

One Comment

  1. Nicholas wrote:

    I still remember that stupid woman who traveled to SC to kill a huge alligator, and who so proud of herself. She didn’t have a brain in her head. Any legislator that would enable the likes of her needs to be driven from office.

    Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

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