Okay, sorry, but I couldn't keep this entirely focused on the gun given some of the comments that have been made.
If you eat meat and oppose hunting, then I think your stance is quite hypocritical. If you eat meat, someone had to slaughter and butcher an animal. They cut up the parcels of flesh into tidy bundles so that you don’t experience much discomfort in associating the meat with a living creature. How easy is it for people to buy a foam platter of 20 chicken wings? How many of you think about the fact that your 20 wings required the death and butchery of 10 chickens? Furthermore, if you’re buying meat from the local market it was most likely factory farmed, in what many would argue are less than humane conditions. Crammed in cages, surrounded by fecal matter and noise, unable to move, pumped full of food and drugs. Eating this meat is good, but hunting is bad?!
I was a vegetarian for many years because of the huge disconnect between meat products and consumer. Then I discovered the joy and, yes, the more spiritual connection with food as a hunter. There was no more disconnect with the food. I became much more conscious about my consumption of meat, and what that food consumption meant. When I take the life of an animal, I feel it. I thank it for its life in what I guess you could call a mini-prayer. (Yes, really, and sincerely.) I am intimately connected to the taking of life and the process of procuring the meat of the animal. Personally, it makes me think much more seriously about my consumption of meat, what it means. Other benefits? Wild game is as free-range as you can get. It’s also as organic as you’ll find. It doesn’t require nation-side shipping. I don’t use trays or plastics of any kind. So let’s see, sustainably harvested, free-range, organic, local meat with minimal to no packaging. Sounds like a very expensive cut of meat from Whole Foods or your local co-op. And yup, it sounds like a “liberal” thing. Don’t think you could possibly eat meat and find a more “liberal” way to approach it.
If you're not comfortable with the thought of someone killing and butchering an animal, perhaps you should be a vegetarian. Personally, I welcome this little .22 into the world and applaud its creation.