Buckeye Back Roads Tour cont.: We drove north into Cambridge, Ohio, where I did some impromptu stumping with the late afternoon ‘brain trust’ in a corner of a McDonald’s Restaurant there. Some 12 older guys were spread among about five tables. I stood in the middle and let them ask me questions. (Ok, so it wasn’t the debate at Hofstra University, but then again I bet Hofstra didn’t have chocolate sundaes on their dollar menu.) One man asked where I stood on 2nd Amendment Rights. I said I supported the right to bear arms, but with some reservations. I said, for instance, that I would like to see stiffer penalties for those who commit crimes like armed robbery. I also would like to see a ban on automatic weapons. “People don’t hunt with automatic weapons,” another man enjoined. “They do in Cleveland,” I replied… At our next stop in Bellaire, Ohio, we met Frank Kovalchik who was (of all things), a former gun dealer. He said that currently you have to fill out paperwork and go through a three-day waiting period to get a gun. But if the initial purchaser then wants to sell the gun to someone else — there’s none of these requirements. Kovalchik wondered how much common sense that makes? I wondered that, too. Note: A couple stops back in Lancaster, Ohio, Sabrina Modzelewski told me she and her husband Bill purchased a gun for self protection. They both took classes to learn how to use the gun properly and they keep the gun in a safety lock box (with a combination) so their children can’t access the gun. Besides the background check and waiting period, it would make sense that it be mandatory those buying a gun would be required to take classes in how to use it effectively, and safely (I mean, we have to take driving classes). What’s more, it would also make sense to me that it would be mandatory the purchase of a gun should also include the purchase of one of those safety lock boxes. (The purchase of a car, for instance, now comes with mandatory seat belts.) How many times do we read about a child accidentally being killed by a gun that was easily accessible? And on the issue of hunting… I would like to see much longer bow and atlatl (spear) hunting seasons and much less time for gun hunting seasons. It just seems to me that hunting with a gun is not very fair to the animals and leads to overkill in animal populations. What’s more, these types of kills are often taken for granted as opposed to the often longer, and more skilled, pursuit entailed by hunting with a bow or spear. And finally, we would do well to take a page (and some classes) from the Native Americans on how to use every part of the animal once it’s been killed.