Editorial: No guns on Sunday
A juggernaut of support is building behind the idea that Sunday hunting’s time in Virginia is now. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries got behind the concept last year. A Facebook page has hundreds of friends. People in high places, such as former Del. Albert Pollard, have written columns of support.
And Del. Michael J. Webert, Republican from the 18th district (Rappahannock County and parts of Fauquier, Culpeper and Warren), has introduced a bill that would, after generations, remove the ban on Sunday hunting. Specifically, the bill would allow Sunday hunting "on private lands with permission of the owner of such land." Other delegates and senators have introduced similar measures.
In spite of all this high-level boosting, we still don’t like the idea. Sunday should be more than, as the current law states, "a rest day for all species of wild bird and wild animal life." It should also be a day that residents can walk without fear in the woods and along the beaches. A day during which horseback riders can follow trails through the forest without the fear of being mistaken for a whitetail buck. A time that the peace and quiet still associated with Sunday, a day traditionally free from the noise pollution of lawnmowers and chain saws (fast disappearing peace) may be maintained without the boom of firearms in the distance.
We hope members of the General Assembly will listen to both sides in this debate, decide against opening the Pandora’s box to Sunday hunting, and shoot down Del. Webert’s House Bill 369.