This is eye-opening!
In WWII, Japan's highest ranking naval officer was Isoruku Yamamoto.
Although he was Japanese, and his loyalties were unquestionably with The
Empire, he studied for many years in America, graduating from Harvard
University. There is an oft-repeated (and sometimes disputed) quote
attributed to him regarding the possibility of any nation taking a war
to American soil:
"You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle
behind every blade of grass."
Here is why he was correct:
America's Hunters. The World's Largest Army.
The state of Wisconsin has gone an entire deer hunting season without
someone getting killed. That's great, considering there were over
600,000 hunters that got permits this year.
Allow me to restate that number
Over the last two months, the eighth largest army in the world - more
men under arms than Iran; more than France and Germany combined -
deployed to the woods of a single American state to keep the deer
population under control.
But that pales in comparison to the 750,000 who are in the woods of
Pennsylvania this week. Michigan's 700,000 hunters have now returned
home. Toss in a quarter million hunters in West Virginia, and it is
literally the case that the hunters of those four states alone would
comprise the largest army in the world.
And that is just FOUR states.
The total population of registered hunters in America today ranges from
23 million to 43.7 million individuals. (Based on annual data provided
by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.)
As long as the American Hunter retains his right to Bear Arms, America
will forever be safe from foreign invasion of troops.
Hunting - it's not just a way to fill the freezer. It's a matter of
State and government officials should be held even to the point of imprisonment liable for the deaths or harm to its citizens when that state or government prohibits them from protecting themselves.
Yes, Yamamoto was reasonably correct, but the hunters were not trained and organized then. Now--as a result of WW II, the Korean War, the VietNam war, the Gulf War, and Iraq and Afghanistan, we have something like 17 million [conservative] military veterans with a median age of 58-59. Most of them are still in reasonable shape and most are armed and dangerous to any enemy that would try. In addition most are combat veterans, and whether officer or nco, can organize and lead from the squad level up, to say nothing of the "specialists" like SEALS, Rangers, and other SpecOps types. Many can fly and fight or sail and fight. IMO, anyone stupid enough to try an invasion would be in deep trouble. It would make "Red Dawn" look like child's play. The hunters can help, but it is the Vets [especially when armed with modern weapons and ordnance] that constitute the major impediment to any would-be invader.
RE: Hunting...more than a pastime..in Off Topic Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:41 pm
by Vaquero • | 156 Posts
Mostly true, however, I pose to you, the eye of the turkey, the ear of the deer, the nose of the coyote.
"bring it". I have become invisible in my native environment.Surrounded by "jakes" (young male turkeys). Standing, yes standing, among quail. Taken shots at coyote at distances of less than 50 feet. Bobcats almost entering vehicles. No disrespect toward the US military and it's training. Just gimme a semi auto, nobody walks out. Nobody.
no fear, no doubt, all in, balls out!
RE: Hunting...more than a pastime..in Off Topic Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:29 pm
by HampsterW • | 461 Posts
Vaquero is right, I can disappear in the desert and armed with my PSL, my target will most likely be dead before he/she hears the 'report' of the rifle! I had weapons training in the USCG, every body did in those days anyway, no matter your M.O.S. I am still a pretty good shot with a rifle, and my pistol performance is improving...LOL
Change that you can truly believe in comes from the barrel of a gun!..........Greg AZ........Check! Check! Check!
RE: Hunting...more than a pastime..in Off Topic Sat Jan 08, 2011 10:54 pm
by Greasy Paws • | 111 Posts
"My ardent desire is, and my aim has been ... to comply strictly with all our engagements foreign and domestic; but to keep the United States free from political connections with every other country. To see that they may be independent of all, and under the influence of none. In a word, I want an American character, that the powers of Europe may be convinced we act for ourselves and not for others; this, in my judgment, is the only way to be respected abroad and happy at home." --George Washington, letter to Partick Henry, 1775