I was compelled to respond to the recent media articles about the WVU mascot, Jonathan Kimble. I was unaware of this tradition, but apparently, each WVU mascot hunts with the musket during hunting season and harvests an animal or animals with it. This has been a tradition for some time, if I'm not mistaken.
So what is the big deal you ask? Well, Kimble, or someone close to him, posted a video online of him killing a black bear during black bear season with the musket. Soon after, the anti-hunting, anti-gun yuppies jumped out of their beanbag chairs and ran up the basement steps of their momma's house to call all of their yuppie friends to get the word out. A blood-thirsty lunatic from the hills of West Virginia was loose in the hollers, killing all of the Lord's precious creatures that were unfortunate enough to walk by the barrel of his smoking gun (literally).
In response to the uproar from the haters of the yuppie world, WVU had a "conference" with Mr. Kimble about his actions. They say that he has been told not to use his musket for hunting and WVU has said that the tradition has been stopped. Way to go, WVU, way to back your guy. It's good to know that people who disagree with our traditions and cultures in West Virginia don't get away with telling us how to live, gee-wiz.
Well, since WVU decided to go belly up like an ol' opossum in the hen house, I'll speak up for Mr. Kimble. There were no rules, regulations, policies, laws or dinner-table edict broken on Kimble's hunt. Sorry, yuppies, I know you hate that inconvenient document called the Constitution, but you're just going to have to get used to it. Our right to have a gun is protected by the Constitution. We have a right to have it for multiple reasons besides hunting, self-protection being at the top of the list.
The outdoors, hunting, fishing, farming, logging and coal mining is a huge part of our culture here in West Virginia, and I, for one, am not the least bit ashamed of that fact. West Virginians are tough, hard-working people who do a lot with a lot less than most. Some of us still know the lost traditions, such as harvesting your own gardens, butchering livestock and canning food for the winter. I think people who don't know where their eggs come from or where their hamburger and bacon comes from are seriously disconnected from reality.
I want the yuppies reading this to understand something. I am not condemning your way of life. I believe you can live your life the way you want. If that means you wish not to own a firearm or hunt an animal, I'm cool with that. That is, of course, your right because you're free like me.
You live your way, we will live ours. Don't expect us to apologize for our traditions and lifestyles. Don't expect me to turn in my guns to your government. Don't expect me to leave the hills and hollers anytime soon.