Sunday, February 25, 2007

Zumbo Bites the Dust

Okay. I own guns. Plenty. But these people scare me. From The Washington Post, an article on the fate of Jim Zumbo:

The reaction — from tens of thousands of owners of assault rifles across the country, media and manufacturers rooted in the gun business and the National Rifle Association — has been swift, severe and unforgiving. Despite a public apology and vow to go hunting soon with an assault weapon, Zumbo’s career appears to be over.
And the nature of his blasphemy?

"Excuse me, maybe I’m a traditionalist, but I see no place for these
weapons among our hunting fraternity,” Zumbo wrote in his blog on the Outdoor Life Web site. “As hunters, we don’t need to be lumped into the group of people who terrorize the world with them. . . . I’ll go so far as to call them ‘terrorist’ rifles.”

Okay, probably not the smartest thing to say. But he's changed his mind. Apologized. Says he'll even give hunting with one a try. But did it help? No. Final word from the NRA?
It is our hope that Mr. Zumbo will use his energy and talent to help preserve our Second Amendment, America’s First Freedom, by ensuring that no one else falls prey to the tragic demonization of gun owners.

Hello!? How's he supposed to use that energy and talent when you and everybody he might possibly have become an advocate for have pretty much shipped him off to NRA Gitmo? Nice job.

And Outdoor Life? Just as bad.

We respect Mr. Zumbo's First Amendment right to free speech, and we acknowledge his subsequent apology and admission of error. However, Outdoor Life has always been, and will always be, a steadfast supporter of all aspects of the shooting sports and our Second Amendment rights, which do not make distinctions based on the appearance of the firearms we choose to own, shoot or hunt with.
We regret this turn of events, as Mr. Zumbo has been a good friend to this magazine and lifelong advocate for hunters and hunting rights.

And what fine friends you turned out to be as well!

Who's being demonized? Who's an extremist? You people make Michael Moore look objective and reasonable.