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Keep guns out of children’s hands

Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to the article written in The Aspen Times on April 15 by Sarah Woods about Ducks Unlimited targeting local youth and giving them Daisy BB/pellet guns.

The article says the Ducks Unlimited committee wanted to “get more kids involved this year and get them outdoors to enjoy our beautiful Colorado scenery.” It gave weapons to children 17 and younger who joined the organization. In what way is this necessary to get kids outside to enjoy the environment?

In addition, the article talks about how Ducks Unlimited helps in the conservation of North America’s wetlands, which is fantastic. It fails to mention that Ducks Unlimited was founded by waterfowl hunters and is made up of 90 percent hunters. The people restoring the wetlands are doing so to provide a place to hunt the waterfowl they help.

I am not against certain methods of hunting. I just don’t like the idea of guns being placed in the hands of children, and it is important for readers to have a better understanding of Ducks Unlimited’s intentions. It explains them on its website:

Michelle Fox


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