Teaching children to learn how to hunt and fish—you would think such an endeavor would be met with a pat on the back. Instead, a bow hunter in California endures death threats for her program Bring a Kid Hunting.
In an interview with Mama Grizzly Radio, Jen Cordaro spoke out about the treatment she’s endured from animal rights terrorists. It’s quite shocking.
“The initial reaction to the ‘Bring a Kid’ campaign actually was all positive,” said Cordaro on The Palin Update with Kevin Scholla. “I have more letters from kids than I can keep up with.” But once her ambitious program hit social media the anti-hunters crawled out of the woodwork. Cordaro received messages filled with, as she puts it, “not so nice words.” That’s putting it mildly.
Cordaro, who also goes by the moniker “Jen the Archer,” was sent several online death threats. Then a petition was circulated to ban all hunting in the Golden State.
“A small group of people with a really loud voice,” says Cordaro about the bullies. Most of cyberspace has been quite supportive of her efforts and that makes “Jen the Archer” want to keep going. You couldn’t blame the former vegetarian if she thought otherwise. The online death threats have been graphic.
“People want to murder my first born child,” Cordaro said. “I don’t have any kids, but that’s pretty scary to think about.” She’s also been told she should be skinned alive.
As far as the social media death threats, Cordaro hasn’t done much about them, hoping they’ll just go away eventually. But things have escalated. Speaking exclusively to Mama Grizzly Radio on the matter, Cordaro revealed a situation now all too personal and real.
“What I really haven’t talked to the media about at all is the things that are happening at my home and my place of employment,” said Cordaro. “So the death threats and the harassment and vandalism has gone beyond social media at this point. I’m dealing with it every day in my mailbox, at my house, on my car, at my work. Because they’re very close to home the proper authorities are involved at this point.” Smart move from a smart woman.
As far as the social media creeps, she’s taking a different approach for now. “I don’t know that my energy is best spent trying to ban and block and delete all these people,” she said. “I think it’s better spent being a good advocate for the hunting community and trying to use this as a way to have a louder voice for support and for people who might be on the fence about everything.”
While dealing with the cowardly threats, things haven’t been all bad. “Jen the Archer” has received thousands of messages of support. “It’s been amazing,” Cordaro said.
According to Cordaro, hunting gives children confidence and a sense of pride. Perhaps most importantly, kids walk away with an understanding of where their food comes from. Learning to hunt makes them conservationists. They have “Jen the Archer” to thank.
Just like the countless cases in which PETA-types have gone after former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and other women hunters, Cordaro feels like she’s being targeted for who she is as much as for what she does. “Here we have a classic case of reverse sexism,” Cordaro contends. Lots of women are behind the threatening messages. “We don’t fit into their nice little gender role box,” said Cordaro.
“I’m not stopping,” she said. “There’s no reason for me to stop. If I stop they win.” She intends to keep promoting hunting in liberal California. Otherwise the anti-hunters will win and then move on to the next state.
“It’s bigger than me, it’s bigger than you, it’s bigger than all of us,” Cordaro said. She understands how precious our Second Amendment rights are and how vital hunting is to our survival. While maniacal lunatics will likely continue to attempt to strip us of our rights, it’s comforting to know “Jen the Archer” is on the front lines battling their craziness every step of the way.
To hear the complete interview with Jen Cordaro visit http://www.mamagrizzlyradio.com/