MODERATOR RICH DUBEK: And I apologize for using the word “recall” to bring you up. Probably not the best of words considering the climate we're in here.
We'd like to call up the pro side of Prop 109 to start. He is Todd Rathner, Member of the NRA Board of Directors. Two minutes Todd.
MR. TODD RATHNER: Thank you. The National Rifle Association, Governor Jan Brewer, countless wildlife conservation organizations, and the Arizona Game and Fish Commission, all encourage you to vote yes on Proposition 109.
Sportsmen through their payment of license fees and taxes, are the primary funders of wildlife and habitat conservation in America.
Over the last century, hundreds have contributed billions of dollars to restore numerous species from the brink of extinction.
Sportsmen also pay for the recovery of non-game species, like our nation's symbol, the bald eagle. Because of sportsmen, not the radicals opposed to Prop 109, the bald eagle is now fully recovered. A primary Opponent of Prop 109, Humane Society President Wayne Pacelle told the Associated Press, “If we could shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would.”
The radicals who oppose Prop 109 think that animals should have the same rights as human beings. They actually equate hunting and fishing to murder.
The Opponents of Prop 109 have asked, what problem does it solve? The problem is them. Their threats to ban hunting are real. They spent well over $1 million dollars to band dove hunting in Michigan . They worked to ban bear hunting in New Jersey , and they worked to ban mountain lion hunting in California.
Ironically, California now has taxpayer-funded shooters killing more mountain lions than hunters ever killed.
The extremists have called Prop 109 a Power Grab, which is somehow undemocratic. This is just plain silly. Allowing we, the people to vote on Prop 109, is the essence of democracy.
The extremists also say that Prop 109 will give additional power to the legislature. This is simply a lie. The truth is, that the legislature currently has the power to regulate wildlife. That power will stay the same when Prop 109 passes.
Let me remind you what Prop 109's Opponents have already said in their own words. “If we can shut down all sport hunting in a moment, we would.” The only way to stop this extreme agenda, is to vote yes on Prop 109. Thank you.