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A prominent hunter speaks heresy, gets excommunicated

Posted on 2007.02.26 at 10:32
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Don’t mess with the NRA! A prominent hunter and outdoorsman, and longtime supporter of the NRA, expressed the idea that semi-automatic rifles are not necessary for hunting prarie dogs. He was quickly and thoroughly expunged from the community. The speed with which this seems to have happened is pretty alarming and impressive. These people don’t cotton kindly to opinions!


sputnik5 at 2007-02-26 16:00 (UTC) (Link)
Dude, those prairie dogs are fast. Now ideally, you would actually hunt them with small rocket launchers, but try getting one of those in this tree-hugging-hippie-pinko-commie-run world...
(Anonymous) at 2007-02-26 17:10 (UTC) (Link)
It is amazing when one of these people finally starts to come to their senses and even more amazing how quickly their community turns on them when they say something. Scary.
Release the Kraken!
delerium69 at 2007-02-26 17:53 (UTC) (Link)
Oh fer crissakes, they're prairie dogs; you could kill 'em with a large text book. Military assault weapons? Do rodents now have access to howitzers? I mean really; you're hunting, not going into battle.

I swear, some of those gun-worshipers are running on a very lean mixture.
throwingstardna at 2007-03-03 04:17 (UTC) (Link)
I don't think you understand. If you shoot a gopher with a regular hunting rifle, it fucking explodes into mist. Hunting rifles are much more powerful and use larger ammunition than these Scary Black Sporting Rifles you all hate so much.

AR-15-type and other sporting rifles are widely used and very popular for varmint hunting specifically because they are light, shoot a smaller round, and are not as high-powered as the "regular" hunting rifles you would shoot a deer with.

I know you're all envisioning people mowing down prarie dogs with fully-automatic machine guns, but nobody does that, and it is not what was being discussed.
Calysto du Masque
calysto at 2007-03-03 03:10 (UTC) (Link)
excellent post. I copied it to my guncontrolnow community.

thank you.
throwingstardna at 2007-03-03 04:13 (UTC) (Link)
Funny how that's not what happened at all.

Zumbo referred to AR-15s as "terrorist rifles" and stated that hunters shouldn’t lump themselves in with a group of people who terrorize the world. Well, some bloggers and the folks at AR15.com didn’t care for that and wrote a bunch of letters. Zumbo’s original apology illustrated that he didn’t understand the complaint and made it worse. Then, sponsors pulled the plug—Remington stopped sponsoring Zumbo. Why would they do that? Well, arguably the most popular ammunition for AR-15s is the .223 Remington. So obviously Remington decided that sponsoring Zumbo was not in it’s best interests.

The NRA didn’t show up to the party until it was over and then they only issued a presser stating they severed ties with Zumbo.

That’s what happens when people say things that anger a lot of people—people write letters. It’s one of the hallmarks of a free society—he’s free to say what he wants, and people are free to take exception to it.

Imagine, for example, that someone widely respected in the pro-choice movement who worked for a pro-choice/women’s advocacy organization and who’s opinions were widely disseminated all of a sudden said that some abortions should be banned, and called women who got abortions “muderers.” Do you honestly think the reaction would be any different? I should hope not.

By the way, most handguns and most rifles, including many of the most popular hunting rifles, are semi-automatic—all that means is that you pull the trigger, and one bullet shoots out, automatically chambering the next round. You then need to release the trigger, and pull it again before the new round can be fired. One pull, one bullet.

"Semi-automatic" does not mean "assault rifle" or "machine gun." But that was your mistake in characterization, not Zumbo's.
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