The Michigan ballot measure to allow mourning dove hunting went down by a margin of nearly 2-1 Tuesday, according to the Detroit Free Press. And even a cursory glance at some of the paper's interviews with last night's voters makes it obvious why such issues should not be decided by an often uninformed majority:
Colleen Katarzynski of Milford said she voted against dove hunting "because they're songbirds. ... I don't see how anyone can find a reason to hunt them."
Glenn Harbaugh, a 70-year-old retiree from Sterling Heights, called his no vote on the proposal "a no-brainer."
"I feed them all winter," he said. "Taking a life for target practice is wrong, wrong, wrong. What will they do, shoot robins next?"