How many more lives have to be gunned down?

I grew up in the Wild West … well, Tucson, Ariz. I didn’t grow about around guns. And frankly, I have never been comfortable around them.

I am not a fan of the Second Amendment. And I think a lot of people misread its meaning.

I will be honest. Because of my ignorance I used to think anyone who had a gun was crazy.

Then I married into a midwest family. They hunt. (And this isn’t a debate on eating animals or not, eating organic or not … etc.)

I realized that there are smart and responsible people who own guns and use them appropriately and responsibly.

My family is responsible when it comes to using firearms. My nephews have been taught how to shoot a gun, how to carry a gun and how to hold a gun. The same .22 the nephews learned on so did their dad and their uncle and their grandpa.

There are people out there who should NOT own guns. Guess what? I’m one of them.

There are unstable, mentally ill, angry, crazy people who have easy access to guns and they should NOT, I repeat they should NOT own or have access to guns.

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Understanding hunting

Just about every year Curt and I go back to his hometown of Albany, Mo., to visit his parents and for deer season.

I know a lot of people have issues with hunting.

And, it’s fine if you do. But if you eat meat, you should read more.

(If you don’t. Feel free to skip. I respect your choice to not eat meat if you respect mine to eat it.)

I don’t want to shoot the deer or see it dead, but I will eat it. (It’s not quite the same as getting your plastic wrapped steak or chicken legs at the grocery. But you get the basic idea.)

Before you make full judgment, let me try to make you understand hunting the way I do (as a meat eater).

Venison: The other (healthier) red meat

Curt and I are back in his home state of Missouri and hometown of Albany for deer season.

I realize that some of my readers (and friends) don’t eat meat. And I respect that. And I would never try to convince you that you should. (I might try to convince you that protein is important to stay healthy–but there are many ways you can get protein in your diet. Non-meaters just have to work harder to meet their body’s need for protein.)

Last year when we were back here I wrote about a program called Share the Harvest, which states why the organization exists: Many families and individuals have no dependable source of protein in their diets. Red meat can provide that important component. Deer is a valuable source of protein; but, unlike most red meat, it is unusually low in fat. Through Share the Harvest, Missouri hunters can help provide this part of the daily diet.

According to a Livestrong article, a 3-ounce serving of roasted venison contains 140 calories, less than 1 gram of fat and 26 grams of protein, which is 50 percent of the daily value for protein. … A 3-ounce serving of grilled beef tenderloin steak, … Continue reading

Hunting for protein

I am a carnivore. Though I don’t need to eat meat with every meal and actually am a regular consumer of salads and brown rice and veggies.

Until I met Curt I was a little weirded out by the idea of venison. But now I love it. I love it as burger, tenderloin, jerky, pepperoni sticks …

And venison is a protein. You know how I love my protein. And it is a very lean meat with very little fat.

According to Livestrong, wild venison can have 35 g protein per 4-ounce serving and contains about 120 calories.

Before I met Curt I (in my ignorance) I assumed anyone with a gun was a crazy nut job. Yes, I am from Arizona. But I never grew up around guns and am not comfortable around them.

For at least the past five years in a row (and a few other times tricked in) Curt and I have traveled to Missouri for the opening of deer season.

I have had many conversations with people who can’t believe we hunt Bambi. My response usually is, well, you eat meat, right? And it is safer and healthier than anything you buy at the … Continue reading