In recent years it’s been proven through dozens of youth hunting programs across the country that mentoring is an effective and successful method of introducing new hunters and firearms users to a lifetime of enjoyment in the outdoors.
But can the proper mentoring change someone with a life-long history of decidedly anti-firearm politics and philosophies into a person who respects hunting and embraces the fundamentals of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?
Well, maybe if the mentor is avid hunter and conservative U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
After a busy week of hearing arguments regarding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the members of the U.S. Supreme Court are taking a well-earned break leading up to the Easter holiday weekend.
While visiting Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, April 3, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan spoke briefly about being mentored by Justice Scalia on pheasant- and quail-hunting trips, as well as their plans for future excursions for big game in the western United States.
Yes, this is the same Obama-appointed Justice who admitted having no experience with firearms before being named to the highest court in the land. Almost miraculously, this week she told the 240 students gathered at the Catholic and Jesuit university that she now views hunting as “really good fun.”
“He made a huntress out of me,” she said of her Supreme Court peer and hunting mentor.
According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Justice Kagan went on to say she and Scalia were planning a big-game hunt in a western state later in 2012.
“He insists I'm going to shoot myself an antelope,” she said.
It’s enough to make you want to run right out and introduce someone new to the joys of hunting and shooting, isn’t it?
Just don’t forget to thank Justice Scalia.