I’ve never exactly been proud of my hometown, a small town in rural eastern Colorado just off I-70. To give you an idea of just how small it was, my graduating class was comprised of just 17 students, and three of us stuck around for one more year to earn more college credit through Morgan Community College, a two-year college located in Fort Morgan, Colorado.
Just like any other small town, we were plagued with an overactive rumor mill and cursed with an abundance of a whole-lotta-nothing to do. However, our placement just off I-70 meant we were only 45 minutes away from Aurora, CO, which had all the amenities of a big city suburb, so it’s mostly unfair for me to claim I suffered “small town living”.
For the majority of my life Deer Trail has been but a blip on the radar, only intermittently showing up on the Denver news as they cycle through the “I-70 Corridor” towns on the weather map. But Deer Trail has made national news — and not because of its propensity to attract tornadoes or its claim to have hosted the “world’s first rodeo” (a lofty claim oft disputed).
Deer Trail will soon be voting on an ordinance to allow citizens to purchase a drone hunter’s license to shoot down unauthorized unmanned aircraft flying over their sovereign airspace. The “hunter” is free to shoot any target that has the markings of a federal vehicle, but if they shoot down any privately owned vehicles (i.e. model planes or Estes rockets), they will be expected to reimburse the owner of said vehicle.
If I know Deer Trail — and I think I have a pretty good grip on the town — they’ll vote this in without batting an eye. Some city officials think it’ll be good revenue generation, while others are serious about sending a message to the federal government. Regardless of the reasoning, it will certainly re-open the debate about overly invasive government policies.
I wholly support Deer Trail’s ordinance to allow citizens to buy a drone-hunting permit. In fact, my older brother still lives there — it wouldn’t be too crazy to assume I’ll be among those who own such a permit in the near future. It may not be a practical purchase (I doubt Deer Trail has anything the federal government would ever want to spy on), but it’s a show of solidarity against an Orwellian government that persists in its attempt to erode our freedoms.
And hey, who knows — maybe I’ll get lucky and take down a twelve-pointer one weekend. I’d rather have the permit and not need it than see some other backwoods redneck shoot down my claim to fame simply because I was unwilling to pay $25 for the most badass permit you could ever keep in your wallet.