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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Hunters Eat Their Own

(Video from All in the Family)

This is why America is doomed.

Jim Zumbo had carved out a very successful career for himself as the gun editor for Outdoor Life magazine since 1962. He was also the host of his own cable TV show on The Outdoor Channel. He had been a member of the NRA for 40 years.

Suddenly, last February, he was fired by Outdoor Life magazine and fired from his cable TV show. The NRA suspended their professional ties with him.

What dastardly deed had precipitated this draconian punishment? A handful of words, published on a blog, did him in. After learning that the number of prairie-dog hunters who were using assault-style rifles was increasing, he wrote these words...

Sorry, folks, but in my humble opinion these things have no place in hunting. 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.

Apparently, there is a large group of gun-nuts out there who believe they must have the right to use any gun for any purpose (and probably also believed that he was equating them with "terrorists"). But Zumbo was not even calling for a ban on the rifles. He was just saying that he didn't think it was very sporting to use these weapons when hunting. He even apologized for his "gaffe." But it did no good. In the bat of an eye, his long career was over.

It just doesn't pay to tell the truth sometimes.

If this is the way gun-lovers treat their friends, you don't want to be their enemy. If you discover that you have become their enemy, you'd better go out and get a gun. You may need it.

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