Saturday, January 24, 2009

Silly Recommendations

I suppose they're not exactly silly, but I can't help but think how lame most of these recommendations you read about responding to animal attacks are. We've seen it earlier on with mountain lion attacks, now we're seeing it with rabid fox attacks.

First they try to tell you how to avoid the attack. That's not too bad in and of itself. It's always best to avoid the confrontation to begin with. But, when that doesn't work, they tell you to fight back as best you can once the animal attacks you.

Are we missing something here? Seems to me it makes the most sense to just shoot the damned animal, assuming you have a gun. If you don't have a gun, maybe you should buy one (while you still can) to defend yourself in the future.

Let's stop being such sissies in dealing with attacking animals.


At 9:47 AM, Blogger Rose said...

Now, Fred, you know the proper response, no matter what happens, is to call the authorities, one after the other until you find one who will do it for you. Government is going to take care of everything for you.

At 10:17 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And why wouldn't "we" be sissies in dealing with attacking animals? With the neo-progs in charge of our national security we're gonna be sissies in dealing with attacking terrorists.

At 3:21 PM, Blogger Rose said...

You're allowed to attack a terrorist? be careful, you'll get arrested. Can't be making them feel unwelcome, yannow?

At 3:25 PM, Anonymous Steve-O said...

You're missing the point of this particular article entirely. The agency from which this article seems to have originated appears to be the HSU Police. The student who was bitten was in the university quad area according to the article. Are you seriously suggesting that this student was a "sissie" because he DIDN'T pull out a firearm and shoot this fox, all the while standing on one of the most traveled parts of that campus? Plus, California State law, as you a former law enforcement type should know, prohibits the carry of any firearms on all of the CSU and UC campuses, even with a CCW permit. But regardless of state law, what do you suppose would have happened to this young man if in fact he HAD done as you think he should have? I personally think that the rabies shots would be the least of his worries right now. He'd have been castigated unmercifully by the local media, the community and fellow classmates, and bloggers like you for a start. Maybe he'd have even gotten to see what the California State Prison System had to offer him instead of returning to classes on Monday. Luckily, even in what must have been the panic of the moment, he was apparently able to think clearer than you are with you Monday morning quarterbacking.

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Steve wrote, "...You're missing the point of this particular article entirely. The agency from which this article seems to have originated appears to be the HSU Police.".

You are correct. The person in question is an HSU student. Guns aren't allowed there, I don't think.

Still, there's nothing wrong with telling people to just shoot the animal in question. Of course, we can't do that in the local papers, or HSU, can we?

At 1:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, guns aren't allowed on campus. Governor Reagan saw to that, once he got the idea that the Black Panthers wanted to parade around campuses with guns the same way they paraded around the State Capitol back in the Sixties. Not only that, but a perennial candidate for Humboldt State Student Body President, the most right-wingish candidate of all time, ran on a platform of keeping guns off campus. I tell you, the good old days sure were exciting to us young folks!

One last thing - Rose? You are so right. The only way to get anything done is to call the authorities, one after the other, until you find one willing to help you. Is that how our pioneer ancestors tamed the West? If so, they'd still be in St. Louis, Missouri!


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