Monday, February 26, 2007

Karma,Karma (NRA Edition)

'Terrorist' Remark Puts Outdoorsman's Career in Jeopardy - washingtonpost.com: "SEATTLE -- Modern hunters rarely become more famous than Jim Zumbo. A mustachioed, barrel-chested outdoors entrepreneur who lives in a log cabin near Yellowstone National Park, he has spent much of his life writing for prominent outdoors magazines, delivering lectures across the country and starring in cable TV shows about big-game hunting in the West.

Zumbo's fame, however, has turned to black-bordered infamy within America's gun culture -- and his multimedia success has come undone. It all happened in the past week, after he publicly criticized the use of military-style assault rifles by hunters, especially those gunning for prairie dogs.

'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. The Feb. 16 posting has since been taken down. '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.'

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

3 comments:

Dave Brown said...

The Post got it wrong. The NRA has very little to do with it. WE did. We being the 2nd Amendment net roots. AR-15.com, The High Road. Those are the places where this was hatched.

The NRA only came along at the end since there were getting a bunch of calls from its bosses - the membership.

Bob said...

Glad to get the right info. Thanks. I'll be over at your place ASAP. (Sorry about the spelling error-- I couldn't get Blogger to re-Blog on this post for hours so the error got stuck there.)

Bob said...

http://www.thehighroad.org/-- good location for all sorts of info on guns and gun ownership. Does appear to be the origin of the Zumbo action.