“Today is a great day in the battle for the civil rights of gun owners and hunters. Once again, for the first time in almost 50 years, it is legal to hunt Negroes in Florida. Negro hunting was clearly envisaged by the Founding Fathers in Article 1, Section 2, Paragraph 3 of the United States Constitution, the so-called ‘three-fifths compromise.’ By making it clear that the lives of Negroes were less than that of whites and in concert with the Second Amendment, it is clear they intended the sport of Negro hunting to be a basic right of the American people.
Negro hunting was legal and popular in Florida from 1513 until 1865. After 1865, although technically illegal, Negro hunting remained popular through ‘lynching parties’ until the mid-1960’s, despite numerous attempts by Northerners to infringe on our rights, such as the Dyer bill. Now once again, Floridians, and indeed all Southerners, can enjoy a sport integral to our heritage and one of our most precious rights under the Constitution.
It is a great day for Floridians!
However, there is much work to be done. There is still the issue of Indian hunting, which has an even longer and more honorable history in the state, as well as the matter of regulations and quotas. We support responsible hunting regulations with limits and seasons, much like deer and alligator resources are managed today. It would be tragic if this victory were to lead to over-hunting and the extinction of Negroes. We must not deprive our children and grandchildren of this wonderful part of their heritage.”
This is not the first time Ms. Munro has been in the national news. In 2008, her testimony was critical to the conviction of her neighbor Willie Randolph for animal cruelty for drowning an unwanted litter of puppies. Mr. Randolph is now serving eight years in the correctional institution at Raiford.