Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Machine Gun May Not Qualify

...as a legitimate tool for a subsistence fishery, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) declared after five members of Washington State's Makah band repeatedly strafed a Gray Whale in the Strait of Juan De Fuca, off Vancouver Island.

No word in the story as to whether the five lads always use their .50 calibre on whales, or whether they ever go out just to shoot off a few rounds, or maybe whack some pesky herring gulls:


And I hope the boyz didn't go back to their long-house and cover themselves in chalk afterwards as part of some kind of hunting ceremony, because I think employing a machine gun under such circumstances might be considered demeaning to the ritual.

On the upside, as a White Liberal, I suddenly feel a lot less guilty about my dad, his army buddies, and their "C4 Lures".

PS. For a good local commentary on the incident, go here.

Gone Fishin


Anonymous said...

am aluminum boat, gasoline, internal combustion engine . . . etc.

All traditional tribal hunting technologies from the ancestor days.

Anonymous said...

That pic is of the German MG34 or MG42 (I can't tell the difference), but it shoots a much smaller round. Do a search on 'Browning M2' for a more accurate picture.

bigcitylib said...

Anon 10:36,

Much obliged!

Anonymous said...

Excellent! Now THAT'S a whatle gun!

Anonymous said...

I wonder how soon this incident will be blamed on Global Warming.