Last month, artist, patriot and rebel photographer Ben Phillipi slipped down to photograph me for his forthcoming firearm book, We The People. Ben’s book showcases unashamed, gun-loving patriots, from every walk of life, that love this great land’s founding principles, especially that pesky second amendment that perpetually ticks off the controlling progressives.
After Ben had enough pics of my aging mug and my lovely guns, we sat down for a video interview for Guns.com. One of the questions Ben put across my bow was “What difference does hunting make to the person who hunts?” As usual, I gave several amazing answers and, like most of the interviews I do, I usually slap my head a few days later for forgetting to say something that was really important. Oh, well, I blame it on a combination of getting old and becoming excited like Borat when I get on camera.
Anyhoo, the thing I wish I would’ve added was that if you take your kids hunting it’s cheaper than taking them to rehab later on in life. The point being, at least the way I’ve done it and have seen it done via proper instructions and love, there is healing in the wings of the family that hunts together.
For instance, this past week I watched my road-tested, tried and true wisdom roll out in real time once again when my daughter Regis and I, along with my friend Brandon Vallorani and his three sons, went on a boar and water buffalo hunt in the wonderful Seminole Indian swamps of Florida.
Here are two things out of many that I beheld from Brandon and his boys that are becoming rare nowadays in the United States of Dysfunctional Families:
1. Respect and Discipline. The use of firearms and the taking of an animal’s life are serious business, and kids must listen and cannot be mouthy little monsters that tell their parents to go blank themselves.
The underlings have to attentively listen and obey instructions from their old man because it’s a lethal realm they’re entering into, filled with danger if they act like rebellious little brats.
Therefore, listening with the fear of dad, and doing what pops and the other adults are telling the kids to do, is a lesson that not only benefits their/our current condition, but also transfers over to other major life lessons when they need to zip it and listen to the masters who’ve been there and done that.