Organizations based in environmental and animal conservation (PETA for example), target gunmen and hunters as the ultimate determinants to environmental safety. 

Despite their warnings and precautionary tales of gun ownership, gun sales soared over the past year. With the increase in gun revenue, Obama’s own environmental programs flourished more than ever before.

However, the people targeted by the arbiters of political correctness are the same people funding the majority of preservation programs.

How ironic…

The Independent Journal Review shares the details of this story:

Thanks to laws like the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration and Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration acts, both of which were established decades ago, the Obama administration announced it would be able to distribute $1.1 billion to help state environmental programs.

Both acts funnel tax revenue from the sale of items like firearms, ammunition, and bows – as well as fishing materials like tackle and boat engines – for use in wildlife conservation across the U.S.

The director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, Dan Ashe, praised the system’s merits:

“State wildlife agencies play an essential role in the conservation of America’s wildlife, while also generating billions of dollars for the nation’s economy through increased hunting and fishing opportunities.

It’s fitting that those very sporting activities help sustain wildlife, their habitats and the agencies that manage them.”

In particular, the Pittman-Robertson Act, which allows environmental funding from the sale of firearms and ammunition, has increased steadily over the past several years, from $371 million in 2012, to $760 million in 2014, and over $1 billion in 2015.

In other words, every American who legally purchases firearm can also claim the title of conservationist.

Any true gun enthusiast or hunter understands the importance of respecting the environment. Without thriving wildlife, their sport would be non-existent — meaning most gun owners are happy to pay the increased fines. What I’m sure they don’t appreciate is the inaccurate stereotype thrust upon them by the “environmental crowd”: disrespectful, tree smashing, environment destroying brutes.

Time for a reality check. Hunting loving, gun owning citizens, like myself, are the ones respectfully and gladly paying for environmental preservation.

About The Author

Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.