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The great Wisconsin tradition of "Deer Camp" is here. Our camp is approaching 40 years of benign bravado with stories of old buck camps and the hopes of a new great hunt. You had to be at least 9 years old to begin a tradition all of my brothers, my nephews and I experienced.

We began with our dad or grandpa and were allowed to carry a pellet gun. We were expected to make wood, get camp groceries and make sandwiches just like all of the other buck hunters. After being proctored by our camp elders for three years, we were allowed to carry a rifle if we were safe at 12.

The new bill passed by the Wisconsin Senate allows a child of any age to hunt with a rifle if their parent feels it is appropriate and are accompanied.

Many responsible hunters I've talked to feel this is not a good idea. As a family physician who understands child development, I think this bill is unfathomable; particularly when considering our national dilemma of mass shootings. This is an example of government policy made with power consolidated into a single party or a few wealthy special interests.

Our establishment representatives, corrupted by large donations, do not care what the average Wisconsinite thinks or needs. Wisconsinites need intelligent citizens who are actually committed to serving our communities.

I am disgusted with politicians in both parties. Looking toward Trump, we fare no better with the wealthy elite in charge.

I am choosing principle over party because a non-establishment candidate for Wisconsin governor like Mike McCabe will offer us a better vision for restoring our future.

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