Katie Kieffer

Going on a drone hunt. Got me a gun. I'm not afraid. Look, what’s up ahead?

Phil Steel is a law-abiding American citizen who is fed up with drones. In a bold move to call attention to the Obama administration’s unethical drone policy, he recently championed drone hunting.

Steel resides in the bucolic Colorado town of Deer Trail. Earlier this month, Steel brought a proposal before the Deer Trail’s Board of Trustees: locals should be able to apply for and obtain hunting licenses to shoot down drones. Steel’s idea received traction and went to ballot before the town’s 350 registered voters. The proposed ordinance stated, in part:

“Whereas, many Western communities in rural America provide monetary incentives (bounties) for the killing of predators that are injurious to Man and his interests, the Town of Deer Trail likewise establishes hunting licenses and bounties for the killing of unmanned aerial vehicles, in keeping with the Western traditions of sovereignty and freedom. [sic]”

Steel’s ordinance was ultimately voted down, however his idea caught the national media’s attention. For example, TIME Magazine picked up the story, pointing out that Steel’s ordinance: “…highlighted [growing civilian] displeasure with government surveillance…”

The Federal Aviation Association (FAA) even responded to Steel’s ordinance by releasing a statement: “Shooting at an unmanned aircraft could result in criminal or civil liability, just as would firing at a manned airplane.”

This is absurd. The current administration—as I expose in my forthcoming book, Let Me Be Clear, has used a drones to target and kill an innocent young American citizen and has yet to be held accountable for this murder. Last week, federal judge Rosemary M. Collyer disappointingly and inexplicably threw out the young man’s family’s lawsuit against the Obama administration for murdering their son—along with six additional innocent civilians—three years ago in Yemen.

It is shocking to realize that we have a former lawyer and self-described “constitutional law professor” representing us in the White House and yet our constitutional rights have never been in greater jeopardy. Obama acts like the law of the land and the laws of nature are “suggestions.” Some lawyer!


Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is a columnist and political commentator. She runs KatieKieffer.com. Kieffer is the author of the forthcoming book "LET ME BE CLEAR."