Issues / Sportmen
A Message from Dan Boren
"As an avid hunter, outdoorsman
and vice chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen Caucus,
Dan Boren knows how important the outdoors are to Oklahomans.
After taking his first deer at the age of nine, Dan
knew hunting would become a lifelong pursuit. That's
why promoting outdoor conservation and protecting access
to public hunting lands are top priorities for him in
"Often overlooked, the economic
impact of hunting and fishing in Oklahoma is substantial.
Oklahomans spend more than $300 million on these activities
each year - a significant boost to businesses big and
small across the state. In order to maintain and grow
this sector of our economy we have to manage our wildlife
populations responsibly and promote outdoor conservation.
"Unfortunately, our traditions
and heritage are under constant attack in Washington.
Many in Congress don't understand gun ownership as a
matter of safety and security, and of culture. Whether
for self-protection, hunting or sport, gun ownership
is a way of life for many Eastern Oklahomans. As a life
member of the NRA and a member of its board of directors,
I have an uncompromising belief in the Second Amendment
for law-abiding hunters and gun owners.
"To protect these rights for
every American, I support a number of initiatives defending
the Second Amendment and eliminating some of the most
onerous existing limitations on gun ownership. Contrary
to the claims of gun control advocates, gun ownership
is not the source of America's gun-related crime problem.
Gun-related crime should be met with stiffer penalties
for criminals and should not be a factor used to punish
responsible gun owners."