The Internet Drops Our Society Down a Level

I'm not an advocate of hunting. We've been around long enough that we should have evolved past the point of killing defenseless animals, especially since we hardly need to anymore. However, it is legal, and you are perfectly in your right to do so if you wish. But this is something entirely different (, see also CNN article.

The premise here is simple. You pay a small fee and from the convenience of your own home computer, you can shoot an animal in Texas. Your mouse acts much like it does in a video game. It aims as you move it. Press a button, and a round exits the gun. Right now, only paper targets are available. Soon, they plan on featuring live targets.

I'm going to say this and get it out of the way. If this interests you in the least and you plan on trying it, I hope lighting strikes you a second before you click the mouse button. You need help. This is sick, primitive, and disgusting. There is no skill here. This doesn't even require thought. You're about to shoot an animal that doesn't have a clue what is about to happen to it. It's living a life the only way it knows how and was "lucky" enough to be selected for this ridiculous purpose.

This is a new low point for our society. It's something like this that makes me wonder if this world is real. Just coming up with an idea like this should render you criminally insane. But, here in this world, you get to profit from it. I sincerely hope that the attendants to the weapons have on protective gear, because it's only a matter of time before a member of ASPCA gets the idea to swing the gun around and take a shot. Now THAT I don't have a problem with.


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The sickest thing I thought was how they came up with it. Found this on CNN:

"We were looking at a beautiful white-tail buck and my friend said 'If you just had a gun for that.' A little light bulb went off in my head."

Wow. They saw a beautiful animal, and the first thing in their head was "I wish I could kill it!"

Thanks I will add this link to the column.

they should set one of these up in Iraq!!

Hey that's just a joke,

no really, I was kidding,



Chris Mayle:


An opinion from the opposite side of the coin, I am a fan of hunting.

You are 100% correct. This liveshot BS is disgusting. There's no skill involved, there's no challenge, it's a plain and simple thrill-kill slaughter.

And you're right also that the medium of the internet allows something like this to happen, at least partially.

Also, think of the sort of damage some snarky hacker could do with this sort of technology connected to the internet. I hope they're not using NT Server!!

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